Welcome to the Anthropocene
Fordite, also known as Detroit agate, is old automobile paint which has hardened sufficiently to be cut and polished. It was formed from the built up of layers of enamel paint slag on tracks and skids on which cars were hand spray-painted (a now automated process), which have been baked numerous times.
Tags: art, mad science, sprawl, the future
*the more you know*
People used to collect fordite and make jewelry out of it. You would see it for sale in some jewelry stores around Metro Detroit and Michigan. It looks like people are still making jewelry, makes a unique holiday gift idea.
How about a link this time.
Seems like it wouldn't be too hard to build a machine that makes more of this stuff. With more interesting colors.
Hm, I wonder how long it takes for this stuff to get hard enough.
... said the actress to the bishop.
See also; "Rainbow Calsilica" http://treasuretrunkdesigns.blogspot.com/2011/06/calsilica-mysterious-wonder-stone-or.html
There's a painter in LA who creates abstracts from pieces of plywood painted with dozens of coats of automobile paint. Then he selectively sands off patches leaving agate patterns like this. I think his day job was in an auto body shop. Wish I had a link.
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