Here is an elegant stick I made using a recycled " vintage " Bakelite doorknob.
White Bakelite items may fade to a yellow or cream.
For repainting bakelite an enamel finish adheres best, preferably an eggshell paint which is not too glossy.
Like Tantrix, it was invented in New Zealand and uses wonderfully tactile Bakelite tiles.
I have a growing collection of old brass and Bakelite doorknobs, a brass owl and cat, and assorted other tat.