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Our Bangles

Whirling Turban bangles are handmade from the highest quality artisanal phenolic resin. With a weighteight and clack like vintage Bakelite so they play well with genuine vintage bangle bracelets.

Made one by one and hand-polished, not “sprayed” for shine like many “fakelites”. Very limited edition; each design is made from a hand-carved wax mold exclusive to Whirling Turban.

From our designer; “As a Vintage Bakelite nut, I felt afraid to start collecting. I was afraid I would buy a fake. I didn’t feel well-educated enough to understand and evaluate the prices. I wanted to have enough pieces to play with and create stacks but couldn’t justify hundreds of dollars per bracelet to get in the stack game. I loathed the cheap copies that looked like children’s plastic jewelry.

When I discovered this particular resin material, I was in love with it for almost 20 years until I finally indulged myself and had my first few designs made by a life-long resin craftsman in a small family business. Once I got my first samples I was delighted and hooked.

I also found standard bangle bracelets too big for me so they just weren’t comfortable. I knew I wanted to make sizes available so everyone could have the size that was comfy to them.”

So, all Whirling Turban bangle styles come in these inside-diameter sizes: Small (maiden); 2 1/4″ in diameter, Medium (classic/standard); 2 1/2″ in diameter and Large, 2 3/4” in diameter.

We make small batches so there is often only one maiden and one large per batch. Since they are individually-polished in a process that removes a little of the resin, please allow up to 2/16th of an inch variation in diameter. The feel of this vegan resin is delicious to touch reminiscent of real elephant ivory. These bangles have a quality heft and a musical, bakelite-like clack.

Each bracelet is unique and can have the tiny irregularities that result from workshop-made versus factory-manufacture. If you find a trait in the bracelet you receive that doesn’t suit you, you are encouraged to exchange because each is different; particularly the marbled ones! You might find storm clouds, wisps, galaxies, or splatter paint motifs.

To keep the price affordable we have not photographed every individual bracelet, so the photo you see is an example of the style.

You are free to return any bracelet you don’t love within two weeks of having received it for a full refund providing the handmade box and bracelet are in new condition and can be re-sold to another collector. The durability is similar to Bakelite; strong but not unbreakable.

Start collecting now! No two are exactly alike and many will never be repeated. 

Whirling Turban bangles are handmade from the highest quality artisanal phenolic resin.  With a weighteight and clack  like vintage Bakelite so they play well with genuine vintage bangle bracelets.

Made one by one and hand-polished, not “sprayed” for shine like many “fakelites”.  Very limited edition; each design is made from a hand-carved wax mold exclusive to Whirling Turban.

From our designer; “As a Vintage Bakelite nut, I felt afraid to start collecting.  I was afraid I would buy a fake. I didn’t feel well educated enough to understand and evaluate the prices.  I wanted to have enough pieces to play with and create stacks but couldn’t justify hundreds of dollars per bracelet to  get in the stack game.  I loathed the cheap copies that looked like children’s plastic jewelry.

When I discovered this particular resin material, I was in love with it for almost 20 years until I finally indulged myself and had my first few designs made by a life-long resin craftsman in a small family business. Once I got my first samples I was delighted and hooked. 

I also found standard bangle bracelets too big for me so they just weren’t comfortable.  I knew I wanted to make sizes available so everyone could have the size that was comfy to them.”

So, all our styles come in Small (maiden) 2 1/4″  in diameter, Medium (classic/standard) 2 1/2″ in diameter and Large 2 3/4” in diameter. We make small batches so there is often only one maiden and one large per batch. Since they are individually-polished in a process that removes a little of the resin, please allow up to 2/16th of an inch variation in diameter.

The feel of this vegan resin is delicious to touch reminiscent of real elephant ivory.  These bangles have a quality heft and a musical, bakelite-like clack.

Each bracelet is unique and can have the tiny irregularities that result from workshop-made versus factory-manufacture. If you find a trait in the bracelet you receive that doesn’t suit you, you are encouraged to exchange because each is different; particularly the marbled ones! You might find storm clouds, wisps, galaxies, or splatter paint motifs.  

To keep the price affordable we have not photographed each individual bracelet, so the photo you see is an example of the style. You are free to return any bracelet you don’t love within two weeks of having received it for a full refund providing the handmade box and bracelet are in new condition and can be re-sent to another collector.

The durability is similar to Bakelite; strong but not unbreakable.

Start collecting now! No two are exactly alike and many will never be repeated.

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