"Fordite," also called Detroit, or Motor City agate, is formed from leftover paint residue from the days when vehicle enamel was applied by hand inside factory spray booths. This was prior to the mid-1980s when humans, and not robots, did the painting.
Over time, the baked globules would congeal and harden into substances resembling multi-colored stones. Now scavenged mostly from abandoned factories, Fordite is being recycled by artisans and turned into amazing-looking jewelry, including broaches, rings, pendants, earrings and the like. You can find a number of Fordite jewelry artisans online, including Joanies Creations. The company sells a variety of pieces from a constantly evolving collection. Go to: www.joaniescreationsofcoronado.pdqsys.com.
. If you have ever driven out of your garage and later on wondered if you closed the big door, you're not alone. According to the manufacturer of the Garage Butler, forgetting to close it and leaving your home exposed to theft or the elements is a relatively common occurrence.
The company's patented device eliminates the problem by automatically closing the door once you have departed. The system can be set to close after a specified elapsed time period (from three to 30 minutes), or to close automatically once the sun goes down. The Garage Butler works in conjunction with your existing automatic opener, but won't interfere with its operation. The unit with six timer settings is priced at US $90.
Order from www.garagecloser.com.
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