Being a bakelite jewelry collector, I must butt in. The early
bakelite was definitely opaque and dark, black, brown, blackish
greens, etc. Very quickly they learned to add color and made
wonderful yellows, greens, blues, reds, etc., all opaque. These soon
developed translucency, and by the forties to fifties or so they were
able to make it transparent (brand name Prystal). So, there is
definitely a bakelite ‘look’, generally opaque to semi-translucent,
but as always there is a margin for interpretation. Oh, and please
don’t test a piece of suspected bakelite jewelry by heating it with a
torch or sticking a pin in it or anything potentially destructive.
There are much better tests which won’t destroy the value of a piece.
As far as epoxy resin goes, I have tried the Durenamel and really
like it. I like that I can grind and sand and polish it, just like
stone-cutting. Unless you are making very dark colors I think it is a
little too opaque to really look like bakelite (at least to my
practiced eye), but if you matte it a little bit it could probably