American Art Plastics

Bringing back the classic materials of the Art Deco era


celluloid and hard rubber

What happened to all the beautiful plastics of the 1920s, '30s, and '40s?
Celluloid: translucent, pearlescent, protean, able to imitate everything from exotic woods to precious stones.  Bakelite and Catalin: rich colors, weighty and solid.  Casein: a natural plastic with a natural feel, nearly as versatile as celluloid, favored for knitting needles to this day.

Newer materials have pushed them out: materials that are cheaper to make, more suitable for rapid mass production.  Yet production of the old materials is not quite extinct, though as a practical matter they remain virtually unobtainable: special-order items with huge minimums and long lead times, with expensive and complex international shipping requirements.

Until now.

Celluloid is back!  Real celluloid - not the acetate or acrylic that is sometimes misrepresented as celluloid - which fully recaptures the color, the depth, and the unparalleled "feel" of the original artisanal plastic of the 1920s and 1930s.  We have only limited quantities of our newly-made celluloid slab and rod, and it will be some time before we will be able to offer more -- stock up while you can.  A selection of colors and patterns appears above; see more here.

And along with celluloid, hard rubber!  Classic ebony black, but also colored ebonite, solid and mottled, all made with 100% natural rubber.  Order it now here.


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