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Solid Fordite cabochon, known locally as Detroit Agate. Not an agate at all, though, merely a happy accident! The original material was created many years ago at the Ford Rouge Plant just outside of Detroit, Michigan. Layer upon layer, paint over-spray built up on metal racks that transported new car bodies through the paint shop, and into the oven, where each coat was baked hard. Some lapidary minded workers took to knocking it off the racks and bringing it home to work with. We have worked with this fun material for over 25 years in all of it's incarnations, from the mostly black and brown enamel of the late 1940's, to the colorful lacquers of the 1960's, right up to the vibrant base coats of the late 1980's when just a few factories still painted in the old way. All different, all fun, all Fordite!
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Fordite is some pretty cool stuff! For those of us who grew up in the 60's around Detroit, almost all of our fathers worked for one of the auto makers, or one of their suppliers. Once in a while dad would chip off a bit of the paint build-up and fashion it into a little heart or some other little trinket, and bring it home to mom, or one of the kids. People of a certain age around here still treasure these little tokens. We have feelers out to many old auto workers, and occasionally we get lucky and find someone who brought home a bucket of this colorful treasure.