Bakelite Bits Vintage Plastic Jewelry

Some of us wear our politics on our sleeves, others subtly around our necks or on our earlobes. Aileen Ward takes discarded vintage plastics and transforms them into contemporary jewelry designs. She's clearly up to the challenge of using plastics from another era without stumbling into the realm of kitsch. Many of her pieces incorporate bakelite or celluloid parts, scraps, or remnants. She also does amazing work with buttons, drawer pulls, and apple juice celluloid chains. The brass elements are vintage as well, though the other metals she uses are new. Continue reading below to see more of Aileen's creations. $30 - $168. :: Ruby Lane