Detroit Fordite cuff bracelet in sterling silver, artisan made cuff
Handmade sterling silver cuff with a genuine Detroit Fordite (Motor City Agate) in a decorative setting with a cutout under the cabochon to reveal the beautiful pattern on the other side. Fits a regular size women's wrist (about 6-7"), shape can be adjusted. Fordite is a unique automotive enamel material with an interesting history. The 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. Eventually, the paint build-up would become too thick and heavy and had to be removed. It was super-cured, patterned like psychedelic agate, and could be cut and polished with relative ease! Sadly, the techniques that produced this great rough years ago, are no longer in practice. Cars are now painted by way of an electrostatic process that essentially magnetizes the enamels to the car bodies. The old factory methods that created this incredible material are long gone so the Fordite “mines” are dry. Get it while you still can! For more unique handmade jewelry or ideas for customizable pieces please visit my shop and follow me on