Featured Image for Would you believe these psychedelic rocks are entirely made out of car paint?
Art TRENDING

Would you believe these psychedelic rocks are entirely made out of car paint?

No these rocks were not made from deep inside a groovy cave. Nor were they formed by molten stuff in a far out volcano. In fact, these aren’t rocks at all! Fordite, also known as Detroit agate, is a colorful and psychedelic gemstone-like byproduct of early automobile painting techniques.

Back in the day, cars were spray painted by hand, with the excess paint dripping and collecting on the factory floor, creating layer upon layer of random colors. Heating methods that were used to dry the car’s paint also hardened the waste product beneath it, turning them into spectacular formations. It is assumed that workers who recognized the beauty of these dried paint rocks took them home.

Today, the materials are shaped and polished to be made into jewelry and stones. And with automobile manufacturing shifting to automated car painting, Fordite might never be accidentally made ever again. Which means the remaining stones are increasingly becoming rare. Talk about ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!’

Via Demilked

fordite 9
fordite 2
fordite 4
fordite 5
fordite 6
fordite 7
fordite 8
fordite 10
fordite 11
fordite 12
fordite 13
fordite 14

About the author

Inigo is a writer and graphic designer from Manila, Philippines. He is a soldier of love who will carry you on his strong back of awesomeness when the zombie apocalypse arrives.

Videos from E MINOR TV

Wanted! The next Managing Editor of Australia’s leading sports opinion website

Conversant Media, publishers of Lost At E Minor, is looking for an exceptional Managing Editor with proven strategic vision and endless energy to drive editorial, social and video initiatives and manage an extensive team of writers and editors on Australia’s leading sports opinion website, The Roar. The position is based in Surry Hills, Sydney. For more information, or to apply for this position, go here NOW!.