Re: Re: Lucite Specimens
Re: Re: Lucite Specimens -- Beadman Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: AnneLFG Post Reply
04/22/2021, 00:55:33

Jamey, to be clear, I mean the swirling of the colors from one color band (in)to the next and not an outward or upward undulation.
In the initial example you see that most colors are parallel lines, but that there is an interplay and swirling of colors- on the last several layers of her example. It's hard to say more without closer examination. That could Not be the case, but that's what it looks like to me initially.

I don't pretend to know anything about this "stuff" but I thought I could see some similarities in the way the material was interacting and the lucite examples I posted, however fleeting.

Also FYI Fordite and Lucite can BOTH be acrylics (depending on age of car Paint used) according to what I read below, and therefore one reason I made the link. This information could be incorrect, as I said, I'm no expert. This speaks about the Fordite that is made, I expect just for Jewelry, and perhaps is different from the enamel Paint used in a different time segment- see below for differences in Fordite composition .

The differences in Fordite Composition by AGE: "Enter the DuPont Company. In 1924, DuPont, in conjunction with General Motors, developed a nitrocellulose paint lacquer that dried fast and came in several colors, the most popular of which was blue. They also developed a sprayer for the paint virtually eliminating the brushing process for painting. This was still an air-dried lacquer, but it was a faster process and sped up production at the factory. New paint came in the 1930s that was an enamel instead of lacquer and it was baked on the car's frame. This paint lasted longer and retained its shine better over time. The automobile was mounted on an assembly stand and pulled into the painting room, sprayed by a person and baked in place, then pulled down the line for further assembly. The paint overspray on the walls and assembly stands would also be baked in place, making a very hard, thick product.

Overtime, the layers of paint would build up and make it difficult to pull the car chassis through the painting process and workers would chip the paint off the metal sleds and walls. In the 1960s and 70s, acrylic paint was introduced that was more durable and weather-resistant than the enamel being used at the time, creating a buildup of vibrant colors in defined layers on the overspray. Workers noticed this material building up, and they would clear it away and take it home, forming it into shapes. Voila….Fordite, or Motor Agate, was born!"


I did find this article on Fordite so maybe it will be of help:

It will be interesting to see what her example turns out to be. Love the idea of Fordite and the "gems made from paint at Auto Factories". I see possible overlaps between Fordite and Lucite and other Acrylics that perhaps merit consideration.

Thanks for your feedback, as always, Anne

Bead lover, collector since Age 15, semi-retired had wholesale/retail bead, folk art, tribal art store Lost and Found Gallery for 25 yrs. in DT Greensboro, NC

Modified by AnneLFG at Thu, Apr 22, 2021, 02:00:50

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