Thursday, 29 May 2014

Fordite

No, these are not natural minerals, nor, in the usual sense of the word, man-made jewelry. These pieces of Fordite, as it is colloquially called, were formed from layers of automobile paint over several tens of years. In the early days of car manufacture in Detroit, fresh automobile paint would drip onto metal racks that transported cars through the paint shop and into the oven . The paint was then hardened to a rock-like state in the baking process. First seen here.