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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Fordite - James Blanchard

Now this is cool. The fabulous swirly stone in this ring isn't stone at all — rather, it's a piece of "Detroit agate." Also called "Fordite," it's made of layers and layers of car paint accumulated over the years inside the spray booth at an automotive plant. Because it's car paint, it's light but relatively durable. Unfortunately, due to changes in spray painting technology, Fordite is now increasingly hard to find. Crummy technology, always ruining things! (I'm kidding! Please don't leave me, technology!) Ring by Michigan's James Blanchard, at Gallery Fifty.