I hand cut this one of a kind pair of "fingernail" shaped focal beads out of contemporary Fordite. They measure approx. 55x20mm and is 9mm thick with a 2mm front drill hole. There is very little of this cutting rough available and don't know how much more I can get, and not all of it was "gem" quality that could be cut.
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The colors and patterns in this piece are classic, bold, with high contrast and a tad of sparkle from the metallic color layers. This Fordite is from Kansas City, Missouri and it IS contemporary (I asked the dealer I got it from). Because I first cut Fordite as a kid in the rock club in Michigan back in the 1970's I was originally exposed to ONLY original, American made, genuine Fordite that came from Michigan based car manufacturing plants. I can tell from what the rough looks like and how it cuts whether or not the material I'm working with is OLD, "classic", American made Fordite. Contrary to what I previously believed and told people, I now know that there is actually SOME contemporary Fordite that is being collected and occasionally being made available to cutters, but it still sells for about $25 an OUNCE! That's $400 a pound!
NO ONE IS MAKING BEADS out of this and certainly not the sizes I'm working in with the honesty around the provenance! Compare with other Fordite on Etsy!
There is definitely a niche demand for this stuff. It was even been featured in the London Times Magazine in December 2006.
I grew up in a rock club in Michigan back in the 1970's and there were a few old, wise guy rock hounds who worked in the auto industry and who would collect chunks of dried, layered car paint from the paint sheds at the car factories back in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The paint was overspray that had been baked repeatedly making it relatively hard and solid. This was occasionally sold at local rock and gem shows as "Fordite, Chryslerite, Buickite or Detroit Agate." Fordite was by far the most common and popular nomenclature. I collected chunks of it here and there and then didn’t see any for twenty years. Small amounts of actual vintage rough will come up on eBay, ETSY, or at a local show from some old timers estate collection that's being sold.