Petoskey Stone & Fordite Pendant set in Sterling Silver ppkfdg2928

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Petoskey Stone and Fordite Sterling Silver Pendant, 48.22 x 21.64mm. This is a one of a kind (ooak) art piece. I personally hand cut the cabochons, then hand forged the metalwork to take advantage of the beauty of the stones. This piece would make a nice focal for a beaded necklace. I've hired a model so you can see how the pendant will look on you. Heady Ford, my model, promises not to leave any trace of humanity on the jewelry :0)

Fordite is not actually a stone. It is also known as Motor Agate, a unique automotive enamel material with an interesting history. It was produced incidentally at the Ford Motor Company. Layered automotive paint slag "rough" was made by the now outmoded practice of hand spray-painting multiples of production cars. 

Oversprayed 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. 

The paint would build-up and become obstructing, and had to be removed. Rock hounds started showing up at auto factories, offering to help remove that problematic paint!

The techniques that produced this great rough years ago, are no longer in used. Cars are now painted by way of an electrostatic process that essentially magnetizes the enamels to the car bodies. This leaves little, or no overspray. All of the Fordite has been removed from the spray booths many years ago. It is now held in private collections, but occasionally some becomes available for cutting into beautiful cabochons. Like many of the natural materials I use to created my jewelry, Fordite is rare and my cabochons are one of a kind.

Petoskey Stones can be found on various beaches in Northern Michigan with many of the most popular being those surrounding Petoskey and Charlevoix. Similar fossil corals occur in a variety of locations, however the name Petoskey stone should only be applied to those from Northern Michigan.

Petoskey stone is a rock and a fossil, often pebble-shaped, that is composed of a fossilized coral, Hexagonaria percarinata. The stones were formed as a result of glaciation, in which sheets of ice plucked stones from the bedrock, grinding off their rough edges and depositing them in the northwestern portion of Michigan's lower peninsula.


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