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From the CRAFT Flickr pool, user truemirage writes:

“Fordite” is the rather tongue-in-cheek name given to this amazing multi-color material, which is really…..paint! Back when cars were sprayed rather than dipped, layers of paint would build up on the machinery. Some smart lapidarist decided to cut and polish a chunk as if it were a stone and thus was Fordite created. (A related variety called Dagenhamite comes from the auto factories in, you guessed it, Dagenham, England.)

2 thoughts on “Fordite Pendant is Made from Paint

  1. Just came across one of my cabs in a pendant setting whilst browsing.
    The cab is one of my Dagenham fordite type 2 ovals.
    It’s good to see it in a finished piece of jewellery.
    I discovered and collected the material way back in the 1970’s whilst working in the paint department at the dagenham plant.I have been working this material for 30 years now.Since I started promoting fordite on the internet it has become rather popular and is now in demand.
    You could say i am the father of fordite.LoL.At least of the british variety.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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