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Friday, January 27, 2012
Celluloid Tight Tops and Glow Bubbles
LOL - say THAT title three times fast! These vintage buttons are made of celluloid, which was an early plastic. "Tight Top" refers to the way this group is made. They are a celluloid top that is "tightly" wrapped under and attached to a metal back.
There are a few "Glow-Bubbles" in this lot. They are made in the same way but the dome is semi-transparent and the inside of the metal base has a shiny foil or tin coating that gives it a little "glow".
Since my buttons are all collected from estate sale button tins and poke sacks, a lot of them are pretty scuffed with not so much glow surviving.
Celluloid actually dates back to the late 1800 so it truly was a VERY early plastic. It was not very durable and the ones we find in button boxes today are often kind of "rotted" looking and responsible for some of that funky smell you sometimes encounter in old button boxes.
Celluloid is also very flammable. If you touched it with a hot iron it might just go POOF, up in smoke. Luckily, I don't iron my buttons. 8+)