Beetle resin

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[American Cyanamid] An early 20th century trademark for a Thiourea formaldehyde resin. First marketed in 1928, Beetle resins were molded into tableware, dishes, radios, handles, and ornaments. Available in many pastel colors, including a translucent white, it was usually filled with cellulose powder. Beetle resins were also used for textile treatment and as enamels, lacquers, and adhesives. They were not used for jewelry.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Beetleware; Beatl resin

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Attacked by strong acids and alkalis.
  • Insoluble in water, ethanol, acetone, hydrocarbon solvents and greases.

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • M.Kaufman, M.Kaufman, The First Century of Plastics, The Plastics and Rubber Institute, London, 1963
  • The Dictionary of Art, Grove's Dictionaries Inc., New York, 1996 Comment: "Plastic"