Metalised Plastic: part 1
The ability to metallise materials such as wood and plastic was a challenge. It required the material to be coated with a substance that would seal it, and allow the metal to adhere.
Perhaps there was not much progress with this process until 1941:
In January 1948 it was noted in the National Button Society Bulletin that …
In October 1947, G. Herring advertised “For the first time in Australia… gold and silver plastic buttons that Boil!” See http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/australian-button-history/vintage-advertising/beutron/1940s/. At first they were sew-through designs, but by 1950 they were selling shanked “Beutron Originals”, including metalised plastic buttons “by the world’s greatest designers”, in silver, old silver, gold and old gold, see http://www.austbuttonhistory.com/australian-button-history/vintage-advertising/beutron/1950s/ Some of these designs looked like metal bases with glass cachabon, which were being imported at that time, but were in fact metalised plastic.
To be continued tomorrow!