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Detroit Agate – You Will Never Guess What it is Made From

When cars are manufactured and painted today, it is all done in clinical clean and well extracted facilities. This means that after each car has been painted, there is no leftover paint. This is not how things used to be. In the past, cars were painted in booths where the excess paint would just fall to the floor.

Over the years the paint would form thousands of layers as more and more cars were painted. If you were to chip away part of the floor, you would be able to see all these layers in all their different colours. This is called Fordite or “Detroit Agate”.

After chipping off the block of Fordite, it can be cut into smaller pieces and polished. The polished stones can end up looking both unique and beautiful. Fordite is becoming very popular for its unique beauty especially with jewelry makers who can commend high prices for this precious material. The material has a grain, almost like the grain of an old tree.

My cousin was married to a guy who paints cars for a living. He and I chatted about car enamels once or twice. It was enlightening. Car paint is just amazing stuff. So phenomenal.

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I love to see children who are so delicate and gentle with animals.  It warms my heart amidst a sea of brats pulling cats’ tails and getting whacked.

Also JESUS THAT’S A SNUGGLY CHICKEN.

I love how she reaches up on her tippy toes to snuggle into his shoulder.

To be more exact, that’s a hen. Which is the female. This is likely not his first encounter with her. My grandpa had chickens and hens, and if you visit them frequently like this they develop affection to you. I would know, because I sat in the chicken coop alot. The hens get a small maternal kick, and come to cuddle you because she wants to keep you warm, like she would do with her chicks. This means the boy has spent alot of time with her, and that just makes it more heart warming.

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