What is Bandalasta?
Bandalasta is plastic made from synthetic resin developed in the 1920’s by British chemists. This resin is perfectly colourless, unlike the earlier Bakelite phenolic, allowing it to be ground up with a suitable filler and a dye to produce a brightly coloured powder. The required quantity of this powder is taken and carefully blended with other colours if it is marbled, before the article is then moulded under pressure of 2 tons per square inch. Heat is also applied which causes the resin to soften and flow. The heat and pressure are then maintained for several minutes, until a chemical change takes place and the resin hardens. At the end of this time the resulting piece of Bandalasta is removed from the mould and allowed to cool and it cannot be again softened by subsequent heating. The edges are then trimmed and the surface polished and the result is the Bandalasta article.
Articles made from this resin and by this process are known by the general trade name of “Beatl”. In the same way there are different kinds of china etc. there are different kinds of Beatl. Bandalasta is the original make of this class of ware.
Advantages of Bandalasta
Bandalasta is made in a variety of beautiful marbled and translucent pastel shades. In the Marbled shades no two pieces are exactly alike, but all the pieces of the same colour number are blended so that they can be built up in complete sets.
Bandalasta should be washed with soap and hot water, but washing soda must not be used or the surface may be roughened. The colours do not wash off, as they go "right through" the material, and are not simply on the surface.
Bandalasta is not stained when used for fruit, etc., but after continued use for tea and coffee a deposit is formed on the surface. This is not a stain which penetrates the material and this can be removed by rubbing with the thumb and a little moist salt. Do not use rough, gritty cleaners! Pieces can also be polished with liquid metal polish and afterwards washed in warm, soapy water to remove the smell of the polish.
In order to facilitate ordering, every Bandalasta piece is marked with the piece or pattern number on the bottom, and it is only necessary to quote this, together with the colour.
Whilst Bandalasta will stand considerably more rough treatment than china or glass it is advisable to exercise care by not pouring very hot liquids into Bandalasta vessels. If a little care is taken in this respect the life of the articles will be considerably prolonged.