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A pendant made out of fordite

Fordite, also known as Detroit agate or Motor City agate,[1] is old automotive paint which has hardened sufficiently to be cut and polished.[2] It was formed from the buildup 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.[3] In recent times the material has been recycled into jewelry.[4]

Raw and unpolished fordite


  1. ^ "These Gorgeous Stones Were Accidentally Created From Layers of Car Paint In Old Auto Factories". Bored Panda. Retrieved 2017-07-19.
  2. ^ Spar, Mindy (2004-01-09). "Metalwork passion for jewelrymaker". The Post and Courier. Evening Post Publishing Company. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  3. ^ "The Story of Fordite". Archived from the original on 2008-02-16. Retrieved 2008-02-10.
  4. ^ Vartan, Starre (2006-11-01). "Wearable art: planet- and people-friendly jewelry is gaining ground". E/The Environmental Magazine. Earth Action Network. Retrieved 2021-01-15.

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