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Back to the 1980's - Squibble Design

The rainbow coloured beads are inspired by a set of brightly coloured plastic neon ‘Pop-it’ beads I owned in the 1980’s. Pop-it beads have a hole in one side and a connecting ball-joint on the other side. They made a satisfying clicking sound when popped together or pulled apart, and you could make any different number of jewellery combinations!

Fun Pop Fact:

Pop-it beads were in fact invented in the 1950’s as a fashion accessory!

From E-how.com:

‘When pop beads first came on the market, colors were directed more for the fashion world and included shades such as metallic gold, amethyst, pumpkin, turquoise, pearl, red and navy blue.

Soon many adult pop bead enthusiasts preferred pastels such as lavender, soft yellow, delicate pink, white, baby blue and mint greens.

Once the pop bead popularity reached young girls, bright colors, like bubble gum pink, and sunshine yellow, were offered. Some beads came in packets of multi-colored beads.

Materials

Pop beads were made from polyethene and other soft plastics, and by 1956, 40,000 pounds of resin was used every month to produce them.

Although many of the cheaper pop beads flaked and chipped after a while, the better brands used a thermoset technique that baked the color into the bead.

Manufacturers

Pop beads were a world-wide fashion. The New York jewelry company Richelieu patented a Lucite plastic bead in 1941 and manufactured many of the popular plastic bead jewelry during the 1950s. These pieces resembled pearls and other gems. Hong Kong made unusual celluloid pop beads during the 1950s that were fashioned in openwork with tiny beads inside each larger bead. They also offered beads covered with even tinier beads.’