Somehow, after all these years of picking up rusty metal scraps and dusting up glass chunks, I managed to miss learning about the creme dela creme of garbage-as-fetishistic-object/urban relic-cum-talisman: Fordite.
Also known as "Detroit/motor agate", Fordite was birthed from layers and layers of oversprayed enamel dripping and pooling in automobile factories. Enamel dribbled racks would build up layer after layer of hot coupe colors as they were painted and cured, painted and cured - until paint piles became so large that they had to be scraped off. And then, ah!, the process would begin anew. Yes, they aren't too fetching on the outside but cut one of those nuggets open and wow!
|From Craft_Habit via Flickr|
Fordite is a beautiful and rare piece of Americana. Rough cut chunks can still be bought but pre-cut cabochons will run quite a few dollars. Assuming that I become rich and or famous (and I do!), my plan is to buy a chunk and have it carved into a 6inch sphere that I will spend hours gazing into. Mark my words, world.
You may join in with the enthusiasts at Fordite.com.