Bakelite Bracelets & Bangles from Elvenkrafte Studios, page 1
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Reverse Carved Apple Juice Bakelite Bangle with Foxes Chasing Rabbits
This is a bracelet which I have carefully reverse carved and painted in a wonderful vintage clear apple juice bakelite. The design features three red foxes chasing bunny rabbits. It is quite balanced in design and carefully detailed with enamel paints. The bracelet has an inner diameter of almost 2 5/8 inches. The walls are 1 1/4 inches wide and about 3/8 of an inch thick in the center portion. My signature is painted on the reverse side of one of the foxes and the date on the reverse of another.
Carved Orange Prystal Bakelite Maple Leaves Bracelet
Autumn leaves have always been a favorite bracelet motif for me to use in my designs and I try to create at least one new and different autumn leaves bracelet every fall. This bracelet was one of those that I carved in the autumn of 2012 and it is a gorgeous vintage burnt orange colored prystal bakelite. The design is similiar to one that I've carved in other colors, a band of overlapping maple leaves, all carved in detail. The color of this bracelet really is spectacular in sunlight but it is a bangle that is very lovely to wear all year long and pretty much anywhere. The inner diameter is 2 9/16 inches. The walls are a bit less than 1 1/2 inches wide and about 1/2 inch thick in the center. My signature and the date are inscribed on the inner surface.
Carved Blue-Black Bakelite Ivy Leaves Bracelet Bangle
Here is another leaf design that I carved late in 2012, this one consisting of overlapping ivy leaves and carved from a blue-black (as opposed to jet black) vintage bakelite. The leaves are realistic and detailed, the bracelet is nice and wide. The inner diameter is 2 9/16 inches. The walls are 1 3/4 inches wide and about 1/2 inch thick in the centers. My signature and the date of the carving are inscribed on the inner surface.
Reverse Carved Apple Juice Bakelite Henna-Tattoo Style Bracelet
I've long admired the floral and linear designs that some cultures use in temporary ritual tattoos, most of which are applied with dye derived from the Henna plant. The design that I've reverse carved into this vintage apple juice bakelite bracelet is similar to those tattoos in its linear and floral elements. All of the lines are carefully carved and then filled with black enamel paint, which is then baked on. This is a gorgeous bracelet with a very unique and exotic "feel". The inner diameter is 2 5/8 inches. The walls are 1 3/8 inches wide and about 3/8 of an inch thick in the centers. There really wasn't a place to inscribe or paint my signature without it being visible from the outside surface so I've left it off. If the purchaser wishes, I can add my signature as discretely as possible but I will leave that decision to you.
Pink Bakelite Beauty & Fashion Items Bracelet
Now this is one dandy and detailed bracelet design! This particular bracelet is one that, as you might guess, I spent quite a lot of time designing and then carving. The bracelet is carved from a gorgeous and rare vintage marbled pink bakelite. The design features lots and lots of different beauty and fashion items. There are a pair of high heeled shoes, a pearl necklace, lipstick (with red bakelite inlaid for the lipstick), sunglasses (clear gray bakelite inlaid for the lenses), a hair dryer (blue black bakelite inlaid for the blower end), perfume spray bottle, a small rouge pot, a diary and pencil, comb, mirror (with clear apple juice bakelite backed with silver foil inlaid), a tube of lotion, a cell phone, purse, nail polish (inlaid black brush and red bottle), a cold cream jar, a make up brush, make up kit, eyeliner, perfume/scent atomizer, scissors, brush, and another comb and jar of cream. Whew...that's quite a list! The bracelet is one that I am reproducing in limited edition polyurethane, making this a dandy collectible as it is the original bakelite carving! The bracelet has an inner diameter of 2 9/16 inches. The walls were carved from 1 3/8 inches wide and about 1/2 inch thick. My signature and the date are inscribed on the inner surface.
Red Riding Hood and Wolf Bakelite Bracelet
Here is another bracelet design in my Nursery Rhymes series, this one featuring Little Red Riding Hood and the mean Old Wolf. In my design, Red Riding Hood is in full flight with the wolf chasing close behind her. Red's cloak is flapping disheveled in the wind and her basket of goodies that she was taking to her grandmother is spilling out behind her. Falling from the basket are breads, a jar of jam, and some cookies. The wolf's granny disguise is also falling off as it runs behind Red Riding Hood. Granny's glasses are falling off of the wolf's head, her nightcap blowing off and her nightgown as well. The bracelet is carved from a lovely dark red and I've applied a dark dye to emphasize shadows and finer carved details. The wolf's and Red Riding Hood's eyes are inlaid bakelite. The bracelet has an inner diameter of 2 9/16 inches. The walls were carved from 1 1/2 inches wide and about 5/8 of an inch thick. My signature and the date are inscribed on the inner surface. This is another gorgeous one of a kind carving that I'm reproducing in polyurethane so, if you feel this bracelet is a bit pricey, please check those limited editions as they become available.
copies are available on my Polyurethane bracelets page
Pink Bakelite Mermaids Bracelet
Perhaps pink is a bit odd of a color for mermaids, this is a gorgeous carved bakelite bracelet that I finished in spring of 2011. I chose to carve it from vintage pink bakelite because of the femine color and because pink is such a rare color for bakelite bracelets. In the pictures, the pink appears very pink and much lighter than the bracelet is in person. It is a bit more red/maroon-pink in color. The design is of course an original and features a pair of mermaids chasing each other and with some small fishies swimming along with them. The mermaids' eyes are inlaid blue bakelite and I've used a bit of dark red dye to emphasize shadows and the finer carved lines. The bracelet has an inner diameter of 2 1/2 inches. The walls are carved from 1 1/4 inches wide and about 3/8 of an inch thick. My signature and the date of creation are inscribed on the inner surface. This bracelet, too, is one that I am reproducting in limited edition polyurethane.
Carved Red Foxes Bracelet
This is a dandy bracelet which I carved from vintage bakelite recently. It is similar to an earlier design that I carved and sold but I've changed the design a bit. It features two red foxes chasing each other around the bracelet. The bracelet is carved from a 1/2 inch thick vintage red bakelite bracelet base and I inlaid the foxes white and black markings and eyes/noses on their faces and tails. The bracelet is very striking in appearance and very noticeable. It is very well made and has a nice polish as well. The inner diameter is 2 9/16 inches. The walls vary from 1 1/4 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. My signature and the date are inscribed on the inner surface.
Carved from vintage Bakelite stock in a nice grassy green swirl, this bangle has 12 tulips evenly laid out on its surface in a alternating pattern. There are two each of the following colors: blue, pink/red, yellow, orange, dark red or maroon, and lavender. The tulip bloom colors are also from vintage Bakelite and are laminated into the surface of the bangle, not just stuck on top. Each tulip bloom is carved like a newly opened flower still slightly closed at the top. The bangle is very carefully carved and polished. The walls are 1 & 1/2 inches wide, vary from 5/16th of an inch thick (thicker if measured on the flower blooms themselves), and the bangle is very slightly domed so that the center of the walls are thicker than the edges. The inner diameter is 2 & 1/2 inches. I've inscribed my signature and the date inside and the inner surface is pretty much unaltered from the way it came from the factory so you may be able to get a positive Bakelite test with Simichrome or other testing methods (definitely will test positive with hot water).
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Here is a wonderfully patriotic bangle laminated using the three U.S. Flag colors, red, white and blue. All three colors are vintage Bakelite (white will eventually oxidize to a nice buttery cream corn color). The middle blue moon ring or layer in the bangle is upraised slightly in a Saturn design style. The walls measure 1 & 1/8 inches wide and the thickness varies from 3/8 at the blue layer to just under 1/4 inch and sloping to slightly less at the edges. The inner diameter is 2 & 1/2 inches. The bangle is nicely polished both outside and in, and I have inscribed my signature and the date.
This is one of the prettiest bracelets that I've created so far. I sometimes take influence from vintage designs and have seen bracelets in a similar style to this (not as pretty though.......) yet much different in appearance. Using a faceted piece of vintage apple juice Bakelite, I reverse carved a pretty floral pattern into it which includes white flowers, red berries and green leaves, all on gold stems. The bracelet has an almost Christmas-y look to it but, with the shine of freshly carved and polished Bakelite, this is one bracelet you won't mind wearing year round. Strung on very stout elastic beading cord, the bracelet is very comfortable to wear and has an unstretched inner diameter of a bit over 7 inches. The larger red beads measure just a hair under 1 inch long, about 5/8 inches wide and 1/2 inch thick. The apple juice part is also just a bit under one inch in height, and over 1/4 inch thick. This is a spectacular bracelet and definitely one of a kind. I've inscribed my signature and the date on the inside surface of one of the large red beads.
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