Galalith ( Erinoid in the UK ) , derived from the greek word gala (milk ) and lithos (stone ) , is the trade name of one of the first plastic .
It was invented in 1897 and patented in 1899 by Friedrich Adolph Spitteler ( 1846-1940 ) and Wilhelm Krische . It is produced from casein , a milk protein . At the beginning of the twentieth century , a French chemist , JC Trillat , discovered a way to make insoluble casein by immersion in formaldehyde .
This material revolutionized the industry of buttons with its ability to create structural effects and imitate all kinds of material : horn , tortoise shell , ivory, wood , etc. It was also used in the thirties for jewelery , pens , handles of umbrella , the white keys of the piano ( replacing the much more expensive natural ivory ) , etc. World production of galalite reached at that time 10,000 tons .
One of his great qualities is the porosity which makes it perfect to be painted by immersion in a colorful bathroom ( in native form is milky white ) .
The galalith can not be molded , and is manufactured in the form of sheets of different thickness , poles and pipes , which are then processed by hand .

Collier galalite


Pubblicato da Annarita Vitali

This is the story of my recovery activities of an old warehouse from which I got the old materials for my creations! In Bologna, there are people who have in their DNA preservation, and recovery; Annarita Vitali, a degree in Urban Planning with Arch.tto Cervellati, has always been active in the recovery of historical centers, pursued, working on his own, after a collaboration with the Public Artistic and the Gallery of Modern Art, a recovery, once a jewel and its creation. Everything stems from the purchase of ' former warehouse "Furlanetto". Founded in 1925, noted with all the ancient materials, and revived with the artistic creations of Annarita Vitali in 1998. The company, founded by Romeo Furlanetto in 1925, producing fashion accessories, sold internationally, and collaborated with major designers, including Valentino, Chanel and Balenciaga of which was the distributor for Italy ... just to name a few. The early death of Romeo Furlanetto, took over his wife Maria, a Calestani Casalmaggiore. Here was located, the oldest and most important production of jewelry, called 'fool's gold', as not quite valuable, since the second half of 800. Indeed, it was here that it was invented the gold-plated foil precisely plated in gold, which was a huge success worldwide. Industries that produce accessories, but not only, you consorziarono, continuing the activity until the '70s. Everything would be lost if it had not been invented in 1998 the museum of jewelry, with more than thirty thousand pieces which tells the story of the 'evolution of jewelery, which follows very quickly l 'evolution of the historical period and trends. Just in 1998, the closing down of Furlanetto Bologna, Annarita Vitali, after two years of cataloging materials, began producing unique pieces with vintage materials, precisely those purchased by the company mentioned above. In a detached primi'900 born unique thematic artifacts, all strictly made with vintage materials. This is jewelry theme, as their materials and their historic, recurring themes emerge, however, not only in the world of jewelry but present in many types of art, architecture, iconography, poetry, literature etc. Interesting anthropological analysis and social trends reveals the reasons ... for example the shells, the first ornament of man, that cyclically, but you could say seasonally emerge, heraldry, the natural themes, etc.


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