Thursday, May 15, 2014

20/365 Fordite

This arrived in the mail, a cool find on etsy.


Fordite, also known as Motor Agate, is a unique automotive enamel material with an interesting history. The original layered automotive paint slag "rough" was made incidentally, years ago, by the now extinct practice of hand spray-painting multiples of production cars in big automotive factories.

The over-sprayed paint in the painting bays gradually built up on the tracks and skids that the car frames were painted on. Over time, many colorful layers built up there. These layers were hardened repeatedly in the ovens that the car bodies went into to cure the paint. Some of these deeper layers were even baked 100 times.

Eventually, the paint build-up would become obstructing, or too thick and heavy, and had to be removed. As the story goes, some crafty workers with an eye for beauty realized that this unique byproduct was worth salvaging. It was super-cured, patterned like psychedelic agate, and could be cut and polished with relative ease!

Wow! “RECYCLE IT!” seemed to be the resounding sentiment. And so it was...

As word got around about this remarkable material, it's been said that rock hounds started showing up at auto factories, offering to help remove that problematic paint!

Sadly, the techniques that produced this great rough years ago, are no longer in practice. Cars are now painted by way of an electrostatic process that essentially magnetizes the enamels to the car bodies. This leaves little, or no over-spray.

The old factory methods that created this incredible material are long gone.

The Fordite “mines” are dry, so get some while you still can!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

18/365

Family Game Night.

Even Itty Bitty played.

She would clap every time she got a piece in.


Monday, May 12, 2014

17/365

Still having medical fun, so a mini project.

100 happy days.

I need to focus on the good right now.

Like today, I received a lovely gift in the mail.



Sandalwood is a both soothing and fragrant. It attracts positive energy, and clear perception and promotes tranquility. Wearing Sandalwood acts as an antidepressant, antiseptic, and is a sedative wood. It promotes healing of the cells and assist the immune system with preventing illness.