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Some fordite rough I collected years ago. It's almost 8oz. It's a long piece but let's you see how the paint got layered up. This piece looks like it came off of a track.

#fordite #forditerough #motorcity #detroitagate #detroitagaterough

On an even lighter note: TIL that "Fordite" isn't just a term to describe fans of the larger-than-life, and recently deceased, former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford. But much like Rob Ford in his heyday, this example of Fordite is quite colorful, interesting to look at from a distance, and likely full of toxic substances. #Fordite #DetroitAgate #RobFord #MIadventures

One of my favorite novel materials: the man made mineral Fordite otherwise known as Detroit Agate. Coming soon to a new series of wearable pieces. #fordite #detroitagate #onemanstrashisanothermanstreasure #artjewelry

Fordite - created from hundreds of layers of enamel paint overspray on car production lines in Detroit. Eventually encrusting the skids and breaking off, forming wildly patterned pieces. Detritus from a mid century technology, now defunct. Picture source: @josh_elrod 📷
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I can't stop playing with this stuff. #fordite #detroitagate #carpaint #necklace #jewlery

Dave surprised me with this amazing Fordite ring! Also known as Detroit Agate, Fordite is an unintentionally beautiful byproduct of the automotive industry. It is made of hundreds of layers of enamel paint over-spray from car production lines in Detroit. #fordite #detroitagate

this is Fordite: old automobile paint that's hardened enough to cut up and polish #detroitagate #agate #cars

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Look what @ampjewelry just found/made! Any #Detroit fans out there? :)
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I just cut a Fordite with a Detroit D in it! 😍
#fordite #detroit #motorcity #motorcityagate #detroitagate #michigan #madeinmichigan #lapidary #lapidaryartist #oneofakind #handmadejewelry #forditegirl

Look, I know I'm definitely biased, but just look at the stuff that @ampjewelry is creating! It's just crazy good. :)
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Detroit Fordite jewelry available in our Etsy shop! More to come soon...
#fordite #forditejewelry #detroitagate #motorcityagate #madeinmichigan #handmadejewelry #jewelry #oneofakindgifts #michiganlove #lapidaryartist #forditegirl

My new pendant, courtesy of @timothymklein, a literal slice of #Michigan history. I like to imagine someone related to me sprayed paint on the cars that rolled off the Ford assembly line a half-century ago and created the buildup that was chipped off, sanded down, and shaped to make this piece. #love #detroitagate #detroit #fordite #ford #paintslag

One of my favorite novel materials: the man made mineral Fordite otherwise known as Detroit Agate. Coming soon to a new series of wearable pieces. #fordite #detroitagate #onemanstrashisanothermanstreasure #artjewelry

I am SO excited about my Valentine's gift from Larry!! He made me a Fordite Cabochon Pendant out of SIX YEARS of paint buildup off the hanging wires from OUR paint booth.

For those not familiar with the history of a Fordite, which is also known as a Detroit Diamond, it is paint buildup from the old Ford factories in Detroit, Michigan. These paint booths were before automated painting, back in the day when it was a real live person. The thousands of layers of paint build up would be collected and made into jewelry.

Fordite is a byproduct from a method of painting that is no longer practiced and so it is no longer being produced.

SO, this is my LongBoardLarry diamond!

#Fordite #detroitdiamond #detroitagate #pendant #cabochonpendant #Cabochon #handmade #reclaimed #reclaimedpaint #madeinoregon #wirewrappedjewlery

Check these out: I picked up these gorgeous beads yesterday and I can't wait to use them. I was drawn to their slightly psychedelic color and pattern, and I learned that they are replica #fordite . Ever heard of it? Me either. "Fordite" (also called #detroitagate ) is the name given to a very special kind of material that is created from the waste slag from automotive enamel overspray that has built up into thick, colorful layers. Someone got the great idea to scrape up this #paintstone and shape it into cabochons and other jewelry materials. Since the hand-spray process is no longer used, genuine "fordite" is rare to come across...So I am thrilled with these beautiful replicas! #Belmonili #upcycledjewelry #recycledjewelry #etsy #etsyshop #etsywholesale #wholesale #pittsburghartist #localartist #shopsmall #smallbusinessowner #womanownedbusiness #upcycled #recycled #repurposed #handmade

Two new Detroit Fordite pendants, only available at the Higher Art Gallery jewelry show tomorrow! Come visit from noon until 7 at 126 S. Union, in downtown Traverse City!
#fordite #forditejewelry #detroitagate #handmadejewelry #sterlingsilver #michigan #firstcomefirstserve

Well I don't know about you all...but I am totally in love with these Fordite (Detroit Agates) I got today. This is my first creations with this cool funky piece ❤️ I used silver filled 16 gauge wire...the colors...oh the colors!
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Want to talk about repurposing? I found these awesome pieces at a supply house today. These are called Fordite or Detroit Agates. If you are nerdy like me please read this...I googled it to find out exactly what these were:

At first glance, these brilliantly colorful gemstones might look like agate, a stone valued for its beauty and used in the jewelry industry. Their origin, however, might surprise you – these stones, called Fordite or Detroit Agate, are actually paint deposits from old car paintings racks.
Before the car painting process was automated like it is now, automotive bodies were painted by hand on long production lines. The vehicles’ paint would drip off and dry on the equipment used to move the automotive bodies. This enamel paint would then get baked onto the rack and solidify. After this process is repeated hundreds or thousands of times, the deposits can grow to be several inches thick.
Enterprising workers who recognized their potential value chipped off these waste products and saved them to be turned into jewelry later. When these stones are ground down and polished, they reveal a dazzling array of colors.
Some these stones can represent America’s automotive history – the older Fordite specimens contain colors that are no longer popular today, like pastel yellow or sea-foam green. Although modern jewelers are moderately successful at recreating the process and creating their own Fordite, the stones with an actual history to them are the most valuable. *I can't wait to make jewelry with these 👍

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