Saturday, April 24, 2010

Faux Bakelite Cherry Bar Brooch #1

Vintage Bakelite inspired Modern Reproduction of the Cherry Bar Brooch 
This faux Bakelite bar brooch was inspired by the classic vintage Bakelite Cherry Bar Brooch from the late 1930's and early 1940's. I originally designed for a client who saw my Faux Bakelite Cherries Necklace and wanted a reproduction of the iconic brooch that was part of the original Bakelite cherry jewelry set.  It is constructed from artist-quality polymer clay, stereo wire and delicate1/2" plastic chain links. To read about the construction of the faux Bakelite cherry collection please click here.

This brooch was featured on Clay Play Cafe

EDITED 1/9/15 My expanded  faux vintage Bakelite inspired Red Cherry Jewelry Collection that now includes both a Long and Short Stem Necklace version and various color chain options, earrings, bracelet and Cherry Bar Brooch is available for sale at MelodyODesigns at Etsy


  1. Cute pin, what do you use to make them so shiny?

    That's clever and adorable.

  2. Hi Bonnie, What makes them so shiny? I sent a more detailed answer to your e-mail, but mostly smoothing a lot initially with a 1/4" acrylic rod and after curing, hand-sanding and the hand-buffing A LOT. I first apply an alcohol wash to increase varnish adhesion. Then apply a VERY THIN coat of Rustoleum's WATER-BASED Varathane with a slightly damp makeup sponge, letting it totally air dry and then cure in the oven at 200F for 5-10 minutes. Let cool and then reapply varnish for a total of 4-6 coats.

  3. Hi Melobeau, love your Cherry PIn.Love the way youve done it with the green rings connecting it all, great idea.
    You are so talented.

  4. Absolutely gorgeous... and you can tell the amount of loving detail put in it that makes it so gorgeous!!!

  5. If that were any better it would be illegal! It's a perfect replica of bakelite! As always, you have sone a marvelous job! I seldom wear pins (they look silly with my t shirts and shorts : ) but I'd wear that one! FAB job! Your friend will absolutely love it.

  6. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I am so happy to have discovered yours! I love your style. I am also so impressed with how you make such delicate designs durable. I'd love to bring some of the flower work from my wedding cake toppers over into jewelry designs, but I have been nervous about adapting the more delicate pieces.