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Short Stories: Celluloid Rings of Bob Dodd

May 7, 2012

by c0nniesewer

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Here at Etsy, we believe that the story behind an object is often just as fascinating as the object itself. Short Stories is our series dedicated to telling the tales behind extraordinary pieces found or created by Etsy sellers. 

Today we’re sharing the story of an artistic relationship forged by a love of unusual jewelry. Here’s Constance Awenasa, collector of folk art celluloid rings by artist Bob Dodd.

It all started in 2003, when I bought an old celluloid ring from the 1930s or ’40s for $150 at a flea market in New York. I wore it every day.

In 2005, when I was being treated for breast cancer, my dear friend Kelly came to take care of me after one of my surgeries, and she fell in love with the ring. At the end of her visit, I gave the ring to her in thanks. Of course, I cried because I loved the ring so much!

Now here’s a lesson in the benefits of being generous of heart: soon after, Kelly did some research on celluloid rings and got in touch with the son of a prolific celluloid ring creator, Bob Dodd. (An important note: Bob did not create my ring.) We received an invitation to visit Bob at his home in Robinson, Illinois. Kelly and I soon visited and fell in love; when we arrived that first day, Bob had 700 rings to show us!

Bob in his youth, circa the 1930s.

Bob said that when he started as a sailor in 1937, making rings from celluloid was a crafty thing to do, but few people made more than one or two because the process was so time consuming and labor intensive. Each of these intricate rings was made by hand — without the use of molds or melting — by cutting up raw materials such as old celluloid toothbrushes, hand mirrors, vanity trays, combs, piano keys, guitar picks, umbrella handles, pocket knife handles, accordion pieces. (Bob said he once even used a piece from the windshield of a helicopter or small plane.) These pieces are then filed, pieced together, and filed again. This process can take a master craftsman a day or more to complete.

Constance Awenasa

A sampling of Bob's work.

When Bob first began making his rings, he and his brother would sell them to their fellow sailors, and they would often incorporate photos of a sailor’s girlfriend or Marilyn Monroe. The rings were popular in his time (but on a much smaller scale, since they didn’t have the Internet), although most of what was out there were machine-made rings where one could mail in a photo of a loved one and have it placed on the top of a smooth, black ring. Ultimately, Bob felt proud that his rings made their way across the world with his fellow sailors. He continued to make rings after his military service, but mostly just sold or gave them to people in his small town in Illinois.

A little backstory: celluloid is a semi-synthetic plastic that predates Bakelite and began being produced in 1870 to replace ivory. It’s worth noting that celluloid mostly died out in the 1950s, when fully synthetic plastics became the norm. Once we met Bob, Kelly and I loved tracking down materials for him. I found a company in the Midwest that had thousands of old celluloid toothbrushes. I bought all of them for Bob, which made his eyes light up; they had become nearly impossible to find.

Bob with his supply of celluloid.

Over the course of three years, I watched Bob construct rings many times, and (thankfully) he taught Kelly and me to make them ourselves the year before he passed away. I documented our lessons from Bob and referred to them when Kelly and I made our first few rings.

Bob's workshop.

Bob worked at his craft nearly every day from 1937 until his death. Although he mostly made these beautiful rings, he occasionally used celluloid to make other things like slingshots, picture frames, belt buckles, and key chains. He also made jewelry out of cut coins. Bob passed away in November 2008, at the age of 92, from smoke inhalation in a fire that broke out in his workshop at home.

Constance and Bob.

During my time with Bob, I purchased about 300 of his rings (crazy, right?). About 100 of those are my personal collection that I’ll always keep for myself. I’ve given away several dozen and sold several dozen more over the years. I’m selling the others now (those not in my personal collection) in order to buy materials for my attempt to follow in Bob’s footsteps, albeit on a much smaller scale. I recently leased an art studio and have started making rings again.

A portion of Constance's rings, created by Bob Dodd.

Although I’ve seen examples of celluloid rings not made by Bob Dodd (like the one I found at that flea market in New York), they’re difficult to find. After much research, my belief is that Bob is the most prolific of these folk artists. He left behind a legacy of incredible folk art, and though he’s dearly missed, his passion lives on in those of us who appreciate and wear his work.

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Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison Ring by Bob Dodd (Size 7)
Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison Ring by Bob Dodd (Size 7)
Awenasa
$165.00 USD
Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison Ring by Bob Dodd (Size 7)
Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison Ring by Bob Dodd (Size 7)
Awenasa
$165.00 USD
Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison Ring by Bob Dodd (Size 9)
Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison Ring by Bob Dodd (Size 9)
Awenasa
$165.00 USD
Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison Ring by Bob Dodd (Size 7-1/4)
Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison Ring by Bob Dodd (Size 7-1/4)
Awenasa
$165.00 USD
Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison Ring by Bob Dodd (Size 7-1/2)
Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison Ring by Bob Dodd (Size 7-1/2)
Awenasa
$165.00 USD
Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison - Rare Ring by Son of Bob Dodd (Size 9-3/4)
Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison - Rare Ring by Son of Bob Dodd (Size 9-3/4)
Awenasa
$125.00 USD
Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison Ring by Bob Dodd (Size 7-1/2)
Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison Ring by Bob Dodd (Size 7-1/2)
Awenasa
$165.00 USD
Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison Ring by Bob Dodd (Size 6-1/2)
Vintage Celluloid Bakelite Folk Art Prison Ring by Bob Dodd (Size 6-1/2)
Awenasa
$165.00 USD

5 Featured Comments

  • coalchild

    coalchild from coalchild said 4 years ago Featured

    Wow I have never seen these rings before they are so beautiful, very cool story, just goes to show that in this new era our elders still have many lessons to teach us and sharing our knowledge with others elevates the spirit...

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    Polkadot Magpie from ThePolkadotMagpie said 4 years ago Featured

    What a great story! I began making jewelry out of celluloid scraps given to me by knife makers. Although my pieces are different looking, I love working with it. Now I will always think of Bob when I am working it.

  • lynnerutherford

    lynnerutherford said 4 years ago Featured

    What a lovely story! I have adored rings like this since I discovered my first at age 18. I am so excited to be able to own one of Bob's rings, now -- what a wonderful and creative legacy he left, and thank you for sharing it with us, Constance. All the best wishes with your rings, I'll look forward to them!

  • SquidWhaleDesigns

    Elizabeth McTear from HonestAlchemyCo said 4 years ago Featured

    This is such a beautiful and touching story. I love that Bob found his own personal creative outlet and was able to run with it. It's wonderful that you two became friends so that he could pass on his precious knowledge to you. I am looking forward to seeing how you interpret and expand on this for your own aesthetic!

  • poppyporter

    Poppy Porter from PoppyPorter said 4 years ago Featured

    Such colourful rings and such a touching story I'm so glad he passed on his skills to you. It makes you wonder how many techniques have been invented and lost with the coming and going of talented crafty people. His rings look like a precursor to artists like Adam Paxon & Peter Chang (both work in Scotland and make the most amazing sculptural bangles). I will look forward to having a browse in your shop now!

133 comments

  • kh1467

    Kelly from KikuPaper said 4 years ago

    What a story! Thoroughly enjoyed reading. Will look at celluloid rings with greater understanding and appreciation...

  • SweetMoonlightShop

    SweetMoonlightShop from SweetMoonlightShop said 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing. I have always loved celluloid rings and it is wonderful to hear this this beautiful story.

  • chattiez

    Chattie Leung from GIRLFRIENDnBOYFRIEND said 4 years ago

    I like rings!! those patterns are so beautiful!

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio from BululuStudio said 4 years ago

    Adorable story. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  • Krystyna81

    Kristina from Krystyna81 said 4 years ago

    What a touching story and an incredible tribute! I look forward to painting until my last day... that you for sharing this amazing story.

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    Incredible!

  • icing101

    HannaH from icing101 said 4 years ago

    Loved the story and the rings, so amazing!

  • Namaz

    Nazima Banka from nazimabanka said 4 years ago

    WOW..This exceptional story goes beyond amazingness... RIP Bob:)

  • handandheritage

    DueAmici from handandheritage said 4 years ago

    Really pretty rings- Awesome article.

  • iamvertical22

    Dawn from oldarchetype said 4 years ago

    It is remarkable that the old crafts are still with us. I hope more than anything that each of them is maintained by those who are still so full of passion.

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Such beautiful rings! I love the story!

  • coalchild

    coalchild from coalchild said 4 years ago Featured

    Wow I have never seen these rings before they are so beautiful, very cool story, just goes to show that in this new era our elders still have many lessons to teach us and sharing our knowledge with others elevates the spirit...

  • recycledwares

    Nerrissa W from RecycledWares said 4 years ago

    Wow, beautiful work! Some of the pieces look like glass and precious gems. Lovely!

  • weirdwolf Admin

    Tara Young from kinfolks said 4 years ago

    To be so taken by an object and the work of one artist that it transformed your life Constance is an incredible thing. Thank you for sharing this wonderful story about the unusual and breathtaking work of Bob Dodd.

  • LadyInTheWood

    LadyInTheWood from LadyInTheWood said 4 years ago

    Wonderful.

  • RivalryTime

    Phil Jackson from NuptialNotion said 4 years ago

    Those are so neat.

  • MiraVera

    Danna Heydorn from miravera said 4 years ago

    This is so sweet.

  • luckyporcupine

    Kate from luckyporcupine said 4 years ago

    Amazing Story! I would have loved to have known Bob.

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 4 years ago

    Unique rings! Sweet story!

  • faythelevine

    Faythe Levine said 4 years ago

    I love my Bob Dodd ring that was gifted to me a few years back. This is more information than I've been able to ever find on him. Thanks so much for sharing your collection. Maybe I'll win the lottery & buy a few more pieces.

  • pacificstonejewelry

    Margaret Pitcher from PacificStoneArts said 4 years ago

    Beautiful beautiful story. Very touching! I've never seen rings like this! I'm so glad to know about them and to know this piece of history.

  • goddessofthecosmos

    Victoria Beads from GoodnessInTheCosmos said 4 years ago

    I loved this article! Thank you so much for sharing such a touching and inspiriational glimpse of a 'one of a kind artist'. Personally, I also love that he was from Illinois, a state of great people :) To me, inlay work is some of the most complex (and annoying) jewelry to make. Lots of patience required there. Thanks again!

  • PomDecors

    ElleJay from 20thCenturyKitchen said 4 years ago

    Windshields of planes and helicopters were not made of celluloid! They were made of acrylic plastic, which has the more familiar trade names of Plexiglass and Lucite, and came into use in the 1930s.

  • RedorGrayArt

    Elaine Kean from RedorGrayArt said 4 years ago

    what a lovely story !! beautiful rings!!

  • PinesVintageClothing

    Pine from GoodOldVintageOnline said 4 years ago

    Wonderful story! I just did a bunch of research on celluloid the other day...fascinating stuff. It is also worth noting that the material is Extremely Flammable which is another reason why it is no longer being used. That won't stop me from wearing awesome celluloid jewelery though.

  • NicNicDesign

    Nicole Grinstead from NicNicDesigns said 4 years ago

    What a great story! And great rings!

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    Polkadot Magpie from ThePolkadotMagpie said 4 years ago Featured

    What a great story! I began making jewelry out of celluloid scraps given to me by knife makers. Although my pieces are different looking, I love working with it. Now I will always think of Bob when I am working it.

  • Leatherworks4U

    Leatherworks4U from Leatherworks4U said 4 years ago

    Such a bittersweet story. So glad that you found Bob and became his friend, saved his life's work from obscurity and learned his craft to carry it forward. I'm sure you were a great joy in his life as he was in yours. Good luck in your endeavors and know that you are blessed.

  • sandstormcreations

    sandstormcreations from sandstormcreations said 4 years ago

    Beautiful rings. I really like the old pics too.

  • BagNoir

    BagNoir from BagNoir said 4 years ago

    Incredible story! you are so blessed that u can continue this OOAK art!!! Best wishes with the new project.

  • NicolePape

    Nicole Pape from NicolePape said 4 years ago

    Outstanding!

  • buttonsandstars

    Clare Mountain from xThreadBEARx said 4 years ago

    Such an amazing story! I have never seen celluloid rings before, but now I have, I would love to own one. And I will most definitely think of Bob when I see them! How lovely that you are able to continue in his craft...

  • birdie1

    Laurie from BirdinHandVTG said 4 years ago

    Wonderful story. The handcrafted rings are beautiful!

  • Waterrose

    Rose Waterrose from Waterrose said 4 years ago

    Wow I have never seen these rings. Thanks for bringing it to our attention...now I'll be looking whenever I go to an antique show.

  • themefragrance

    Theme Fragrance from themefragrance said 4 years ago

    loved the story!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful story, and a wonderful tradition to continue.

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    Judith and Raymond from AnnaOliveDesigns said 4 years ago

    This is an incredible story. Truly, it made me teary. To those that say that fate and destiny never play a role in our lives, I say please read this story. Your diagnosis and treatment must have been devastating to you. Often, when a door closes, a window opens. Giving that ring, that meant so much to you, to your friend as a gift for helping you in your time of need, opened the largest of windows. It not only led you to cultivate a new career and passion for yourself, but it gave Bob Dodd the joy of teaching his craft and passion to you. He must have been so proud of the work that you were doing together. It must have given him immense pleasure to know that his work, and this art that is slowly slipping away, would live on through you. Wonderful story.

  • myneedlehabit

    Carla Hansen from myneedlehabit said 4 years ago

    Stunning. And with such a rich heritage.

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi said 4 years ago

    Very beautiful rings!

  • kathyoinspirations

    Christine Stoll from ChristineStollOnEtsy said 4 years ago

    Great story and proof that "pay it forward" is so powerful!

  • FreshFromtheFlame

    FreshFromtheFlame from FreshFromtheFlame said 4 years ago

    I love that this art form has been carrier on. It is a great story and having that mentor was inspiring!

  • SassySisterVintage

    Kim Strozewski from SassySisterVintage said 4 years ago

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this blog post! The rings are beautiful and the story was so amazing. Thanks for sharing!

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 4 years ago

    Sweet post :)

  • MissesFishes

    Nikol Wikman from NikolWikmanArt said 4 years ago

    Great post! Thanks :)

  • metalicious

    Stephanie Maslow Blackman from metalicious said 4 years ago

    Wow, what a fantastic story! Thank you for sharing Bob's story and continuing his legacy!

  • twitchandwhiskers

    Mei-Ling Uliasz from twitchandwhiskers said 4 years ago

    AMAZING story!

  • tamallama

    Tammy from QuinceVintage said 4 years ago

    What a great story! It's wonderful that you are keeping this craft alive. All the best!

  • hensfeathers

    donna from hensfeathers said 4 years ago

    so wonderful that you re honoring him and carrying on his art. great story and photos... i feel honored and so thankful to have one of his beautiful rings in my possession. thanks constance.

  • HolleyTeaTime

    Holley Khuzaie from HolleyTeaTime said 4 years ago

    I like stories like this, especially with all the wonderful history and determination from Bob. Its really great you have followed his footsteps to keep this craft alive.

  • CopperheadCreations

    Sarah from CopperheadCreations said 4 years ago

    Beautiful, colorful rings, and I love those old photos!

  • handmaderomance

    Evie Barrow from eviebarrow said 4 years ago

    such an amazing story! may your dreams to following your path — highlighted by the footsteps of bob be all that you wish for x

  • CamelsAndCustard

    Holly from CamelsAndCustard said 4 years ago

    Wow! What an amazing story and inspiring artist!!!

  • IntheMoodforVintage

    Michele from IntheMoodforVintage said 4 years ago

    What a heart warming story. Sometimes we don't know why things happen but I am convinced that everything happens for a reason. Bob was a true artist. What beautiful work. I especially love the photo of the two of you together ... so sweet. So glad that you learned from the best.

  • PeriniDesigns

    Vanessa Perini from PeriniDesigns said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing! Fabulous story!

  • mahoganybludesign

    mahoganybludesign from mahoganybludesign said 4 years ago

    Beautiful

  • demonkitty101

    Sally Kelland from demonkitty101 said 4 years ago

    Great story.Bobs' art will live on through Constance and be introduced to new generations.There are two generations in this household who have fallen in love with these rings and will be buying some! Thankyou so much.

  • Blingup1

    Hatsuna from Blingup1 said 4 years ago

    Its impressing on how many styles of rings can be created! As myself have no clue on making any types of ring, thank you for sharing, it is really amazing!

  • lynnerutherford

    lynnerutherford said 4 years ago Featured

    What a lovely story! I have adored rings like this since I discovered my first at age 18. I am so excited to be able to own one of Bob's rings, now -- what a wonderful and creative legacy he left, and thank you for sharing it with us, Constance. All the best wishes with your rings, I'll look forward to them!

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 4 years ago

    Those are so cool, I love it. It is such a fun story.

  • owlyshadowpuppets

    owlyshadowpuppets from owlyshadowpuppets said 4 years ago

    I read about Bob Dodd in 2008 and am so excited to hear you are keeping his craft alive! It is so unique. Good luck to you! Thank you for sharing more info about him!

  • dayslonggone

    Gwynne Collins from DaysLongGone said 4 years ago

    Wow! This is an incredible story and brought tears to my eyes. What beautiful rings! And the collection you have of these is wonderful! I am sure he was touched by your visit and admiration for his work. To have been taught by him on how to create these rings must have been a dream come true. Thanks so much for sharing this touching story! I would have never known of this incredibly talented artist otherwise.

  • SperkyJewelry

    Jana K Gusich from JaKiGuJewelry said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this story with us. Bob's legacy is inspiring and his creations absolutely beautiful.

  • jefrist

    Jenna Frist from FristVintage said 4 years ago

    great story!! great rings!!!

  • stmb

    Evan and Steph from MyrtleBrown said 4 years ago

    love the rings and love the story just as much! Thanks so much for sharing.

  • wspearman

    Wansena Spearman from PaperMemoirs said 4 years ago

    This is the essence and the art of handcrafted jewelry. Thank you for sharing.

  • TheMillineryShop

    Marcia Lacher from TheMillineryShop said 4 years ago

    I have a pile of old bakelite rings and as fab as they are, they are nothing like these. Amazing!

  • Boogiecat

    Kannis from Boogiecat said 4 years ago

    amazing story!

  • urbanfusions

    Jennifer Blair from UrbanFusions said 4 years ago

    I'm sure Bob is smiling down on you. Great job, thanks for sharing your story.

  • katrinaalana

    Katrina Alana from KatrinaAlana said 4 years ago

    Great story! Bob is such an inspiring person.

  • MsCharlie68

    Ms. Charlie from MsCharlie68 said 4 years ago

    Stunning Rings! Amazing Story and Bob is too cute. You always love to see this kind of dedication to your craft!

  • oddSirenVintage

    Odd Siren from oddSirenVintage said 4 years ago

    Amazing story. Thank you for sharing such an inspirational story. I was deeply touch by your story and Bob's legacy.

  • KMalinka

    Natalia from KMalinkaVintage said 4 years ago

    Awesome story!

  • beliz82

    Beliz from beliz82 said 4 years ago

    Wonderful Story !!!

  • beadinmama

    Alexandra Beatty from beadinmama said 4 years ago

    What an amazing and colorful collection of rings! Beautiful work and an amazing story!! :) Thank you for sharing with us!!!

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 4 years ago

    So Beautiful!! Love your work!

  • InTimePast

    InTimePast from InTimePast said 4 years ago

    Wonderful story!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us!!

  • iris756

    IrisLighting from iLighting said 4 years ago

    That is just beautiful! I love it:)

  • LineaLina

    Susanne Major from LineaLina said 4 years ago

    Amazing! And such a lovely story! This is why I love creative people. They share storys of other ones and they admire the work of other ones!

  • jofoster

    jofoster from jofoster said 4 years ago

    Fantastic story, impossible to see these rings (for the first time today for me) and not want one, each one looks like it was made from pure love. So glad you and Bob met, so special for both of you. xx

  • bonjoursweetie

    Jayne from bonjoursweetie said 4 years ago

    Lovely story, thanks for sharing.

  • graciana

    Graciana from graciana said 4 years ago

    Love! I want to eat those rings!

  • PrettyElegance

    aide garfio from PrettyElegance said 4 years ago

    The range of design is amazing, I'm sure the artist keeping this craft alive will do great!

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle said 4 years ago

    Great story, and love the rings!!

  • seraphicdreams

    Sylvia N from myshinynotions said 4 years ago

    Such a touching & inspirational story! I rings are really interesting, I haven't seen them before. Thank you for sharing!

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX said 4 years ago

    such a beautifully crafted and eyecatching designed pieces!

  • juliaheartfelt

    Julia from juliaheartfelt said 4 years ago

    Just beautiful. I am lucky enough to possess a celluloid brooch ( The Diver) made by French woman Lea Stien who used off cuts from her husband whom I believe was one of the first manufactures. When this was purchased for me this amazing woman was still manufacturing her brooches at age 84. I have been advised ti keep my brooch in a black bag as the celluloid colours can fade if kept in the light.

  • pillowlink

    Rosita from pillowlink said 4 years ago

    Love this story and rings!

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 4 years ago

    Amazing story! As a lot of tales its bittersweet but I'm sure Bob is happy that you've decided to continue on this craft. I never knew what celluloid rings were - fascinating!

  • LimorHausmann

    Mooli Hausmann from MoonliDesigns said 4 years ago

    Thank you for your story.The rings are amazing.

  • laralewis

    Laurie Lewis from ShopHedgerowRose said 4 years ago

    This is an amazing story! Thank you so much for sharing it!

  • minusOne

    Jen Wofford from minusOne said 4 years ago

    one of my favorite posts to date. thanks so much for the introduction to Bob Dodd and for sharing this incredible story.

  • SquidWhaleDesigns

    Elizabeth McTear from HonestAlchemyCo said 4 years ago Featured

    This is such a beautiful and touching story. I love that Bob found his own personal creative outlet and was able to run with it. It's wonderful that you two became friends so that he could pass on his precious knowledge to you. I am looking forward to seeing how you interpret and expand on this for your own aesthetic!

  • TheBerryPress

    Wendy Hogue Berry from TheBerryPress said 4 years ago

    I love stories about people like Bob. He must have truely loved making those rings, to have done it for so long. The rings are beautiful. Thank you for giving us the back story.

  • Zaheroux

    Megan Weber from Zaheroux said 4 years ago

    Bob was a pioneer! He certaintly had a great story to tell and I'm glad you were able to bring that story to us! Thank you for sharing it! I'm sure Bob is smiling down! The rings are just beautiful!

  • inapigsear

    Maria Corey from sowsearjewels said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful story! Bob's rings are beautiful and I'm glad you're carrying on the tradition.

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 4 years ago

    that story gave me goosebumps. Please keep his legacy going!

  • froufroubijou

    Sarah Feldman from StockFrock said 4 years ago

    Wow...I'm in awe. I need some money stat.

  • poppyporter

    Poppy Porter from PoppyPorter said 4 years ago Featured

    Such colourful rings and such a touching story I'm so glad he passed on his skills to you. It makes you wonder how many techniques have been invented and lost with the coming and going of talented crafty people. His rings look like a precursor to artists like Adam Paxon & Peter Chang (both work in Scotland and make the most amazing sculptural bangles). I will look forward to having a browse in your shop now!

  • ASoucy

    Amy Soucy from ASoucy said 4 years ago

    This is such a beautiful story. I'm so happy to hear of a craft and a man being cherished so. Isn't that why we create to begin with? Bravo

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    Kevie from LittleFridayDesigns said 4 years ago

    An amazing story and such beautiful works of art

  • BanglewoodSupplies

    BanglewoodSupplies from BanglewoodSupplies said 4 years ago

    The rings are dope!

  • savannahcat

    Lisa Jeffrey from savannahcat said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful story and such creative man Bob was! His works of art are beautiful.

  • VintageChinchilla

    Emily Jones from VintageChinchilla said 4 years ago

    This is definitely one of my favorite Etsy stories ever. How wonderful that he was able to share his talents and passion with you! The rings are beautiful & I'm so glad the art of crafting them isn't lost to the world!!

  • dottywalker

    Dotty Walker from SewThoughtfulBlanket said 4 years ago

    Awesome story!

  • riorita

    Irith Mashiah from rioritajewelry said 4 years ago

    What a stunning collection! Wonderful article!

  • Musclesandcrafts

    Melanie from merVazi said 4 years ago

    Very nice rings and a beautiful story!

  • livfortoday

    Liv Gabel from MansionHouseRoad said 4 years ago

    Wow! I give you major credit for being so thourogh in your research and reviving this lost art! What amazing jewelry!! Best of luck to you. I am amazed.

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 said 4 years ago

    One of the greatest stories I've read yet! Thank-you for sharing!

  • CTCosta

    Chris Costa from CTCostaPhotography said 4 years ago

    Incredible story! The rings Bob created are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

  • rickrackshack

    Vanessa Ryerse from TheMosaicButterfly said 4 years ago

    oooh....this is right up my alley! I love old plastics and I love folk art and I love one of kind and I love using things to make new things. Thanks very much for sharing this story!

  • SpicemixM

    Mou Saha from ColorHappyCreations said 4 years ago

    Wow! Amazing, how art lives on! Glad you found each other and you are carrying Bob's legacy foward.

  • thestapeliacompany

    Jessica Beebe from thestapeliacompany said 4 years ago

    I have never heard of these celluloid rings, but they're so beautiful. I think I may invest in one I really love. Folk art is a dying art form and examples like this are an inspiration. :)

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and story!

  • buenobookshop

    Jo and David from buenobookshop said 4 years ago

    SWOON

  • regaliajewellery

    Tanya Nicholson from RegaliaJewellery said 4 years ago

    great way of recycling to create "green" jewellery - - love it!

  • lkmccray

    Linzee from lkmccray said 4 years ago

    A truly lovely story, as well as an introduction to an art form I had no idea existed. I agree with PoppyPorter—it does make you think about the little-known craft and art forms that may have disappeared simply because there was no one to pass them along to. It's wonderful, Constance, that you and Kelly are taking up where Bob left off. Thanks so much for this post.

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy said 4 years ago

    Wonderful, sweet story! Thanks for the great read!

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 4 years ago

    What a fascinating combination of history and art!

  • EbbAndFlow09

    Devon Specht from EbbAndFlow09 said 4 years ago

    What a touching story...really thought provoking. Bob's rings are absolutely stunning.

  • JBHoffman

    J.B. Hoffman from JBHoffman said 4 years ago

    Ironically I just became aquainted with these special rings last week for the first time. What a facinating story!

  • MissHiccup

    Alicia Pierro from MissHiccup said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing with us! I love celluloid but have never seen it like this before. Such beautiful jewelry, and Bob was quite handsome, wasn't he? Your shop is beautiful too, though it'd be a lot easier to browse if you had shop sections for each ring size, or if you list the ring size in the title.

  • EttaBloom

    EttaBloom from EttaBloom said 4 years ago

    Such a sweet and inspiring story! The rings are beautiful individually and SPECTACULAR! seeing them altogether. Looking forward to seeing Awenasa's work!

  • 5gardenias

    kathi roussel from 5gardenias said 4 years ago

    thanks so much for introducing Bob Dodd and his amazing work to the rest of us!

  • MishaGirl

    Michelle from MishaGirl said 4 years ago

    Wonderful to know that someone as talented as Bob Dodd has not been forgotten. Love those rings!

  • tonyakehler

    Tonya from oohlaya said 4 years ago

    Beautiful story, and what a great craftsman! This story is great inspiration to keep doing what you love!

  • NicoleNicoletta

    NicoleNicoletta from NicoleNicoletta said 4 years ago

    they're so beautiful and different! never seen rings like that

  • pinkpoppies1991

    Pink Poppies from pinkpoppies1991 said 4 years ago

    Oh such lovely and unique rings!

  • LUXURYLIFE

    Tish from LUXURYLIFE said 4 years ago

    I got on this bandwagon late and only because someone favorited one of the rings. But Kelly's story about Bob Dodd and the rings that will live on from his hand has brought me to tears. Such a wonderful folk artist and craftsman, it really made me stand at attention. He was gift, he had a gift, and he gave us gifts.

  • amiraime

    Ami Raime from Raimestique said 4 years ago

    What a touching story!

  • Sunshineapple

    Sunshineapple said 4 years ago

    gorgeous rings! the different colors in them are beautiful!

  • doddpete

    Pete Dodd said 4 years ago

    Thank all of you for your comments about my Father's rings. His rings are on display at the National Plastic Museum now located at Syracuse University. We would go looking for antique celluloid pieces each time i went to his home. He was killed two weeks after his 91st birthday.

  • pooh6580

    Patti from poohpaints said 3 years ago

    What a loving tribute to my Dad's legacy. He loved making his rings and gave away thousands during his lifetime. The whole family was on a mission to find the celluloid for him. I shipped him some rasp files (the post office thanks me) because he couldn't find the right ones at one point! On his 90th birthday I gave him my whole collection of antique celluloid mirrors. I miss you every day Pop.

  • ArtFashionCreation

    Toile La La from ArtFashionCreation said 2 years ago

    Wonderful short story behind the colorful creativity we see in these vintage celluloid rings - what a clever artist and upcycler Bob Dodd was!

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