Fordite- Detroit Agate- Get Yours While You Can!!!!

May 31, 2014

As of May 1, 2014 due to some new articles and social media there has been a REMARKABLE demand for Fordite worldwide. The popularity of this material is unprecedented. I have sold over 50 one of a kind Fordite pieces this month & have gone through my stash…and back up stash. I have a great relationship with a woman in Michigan who has been collecting it for many, many years. She is still supplying me so hopefully I won’t run out for now! Eventually genuine Fordite will run out though….so get yours while you can!

*What I have available for sale can be found in my Etsy online store:

It is called FORDITE or DETROIT AGATE. This material was created many years ago at the Ford Rouge Plant just outside of Detroit, Michigan. Layer upon layer, paint over-spray built up on metal racks that transported new car bodies through the paint shop, and into the oven, where each coat was baked hard. This process of painting cars is no longer used so the material is rare & coveted. It’s a piece of Michigan history!!!

***Due to the recent surge in popularity of Fordite (also known as Detroit Agate) there has been a lot of material being sold as Fordite that is not authentic Fordite at all. Do your research before making a decision & feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the material. I’ve been working with it for several years now & have a lot of experience with it. The Fordite I use originates from the automotive plants in my home of Detroit, Michigan (the true home of Fordite). We are proud to be called the Motor City & I think it is so cool that the recycling of our old automotive paint has become popular worldwide!

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A Lot of you have noticed some of the new materials I’ve been using in my jewelry. I’m really trying to expand my line to include some of the most unique & rarest gemstones in the world. I really enjoy working with fossils that are millions of years old…such conversation pieces! One of my new favorites is Ammolite for it’s incredible beauty and variety of colors. Some of you already own my new Ammolite pieces (please enjoy them). For those of you who haven’t gotten the chance to purchase my jewelry with Ammolite (they sell fast), I promise that I am working on making new pieces. I should have more available at my shows in November. Also, you can check my website as I add pieces weekly when they are completed.
Ammolite is a rare and valuable opal-like organic gemstone found primarily along the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains of North America. It is made of the fossilized shells of ammonites, which in turn are composed primarily of aragonite, the same mineral that makes up nacreous pearls. It is one of several biogenic gemstones; others include amber and pearl.1 In 1981, ammolite was given official gemstone status by the World Jewellery Confederation, the same year commercial mining of ammolite began. It was designated the official gemstone of the Province of Alberta in 2004 and the official gemstone of the City of Lethbridge in 2007.

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NuGold…what is it?

Nugold is a brass alloy that has been specially formulated for jewelry and is also known as “red brass,” “Merlin’s Gold,” and “Jeweler’s Bronze.” It has a rich warm color and if highly polished resembles gold without the high cost of gold. Nugold contains 85% copper and 15% zinc and no nickle. It tarnishes considerable slower than copper, and is easy to clean. I’ve been using this metal a lot more in my jewelry as the color is a great complement to many gemstones. The look of Gold without the high price!

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Petoskey Cuff Bracelet

My new Petoskey Cuff Bracelet is featured in a Blog about Michigan. It’s a really cute story…check it out!

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Let’s Talk OPALS!!!

I use Opals a lot in my designs so I thought it was time to talk about the different types of Opal available and what I use in my handmade jewelry.

The first type of Opal to bring up is the coveted BLACK OPAL. Australia has a great wealth of opals still hidden in the more remote and forbidding parts of the continent. Black opal is the most rare and valuable of all opal. It is SOLID and generally found as a bar (or bars) of various colors in a dark body (black, blue, brown or grey). Some black opals have a complete rainbow of colors while others have deep blue-green hues. Perhaps in the future, but at this point I have not used Black Opal in my designs.

Light opal is also classified as a SOLID opal. Coober Pedy, Andamooka and Mintabie in South Australia are the most productive mines for light opal. A full range of colors swirls and flashes in the depths of a light opal. The background color may be white or light blue. Light crystal opal is translucent and shows colors sharp and visible below the surface. When clear and colorless, this form is referred to as ‘water’ or ‘jelly’ opal.

A doublet opal is not a solid opal: doublets are made of thin slices of fine quality opal (generally light opal) fused to a backing piece of black potch, glass or Queensland ironstone, thus resembling natural black opal or Queensland boulder opal. This is the type of Opal I usually use in my designs. It has the appearance of a very expensive Opal without the high price tag.

A triplet opal is not a solid opal: triplets are made of three pieces, rather like a sandwich. Firstly, a flat thin slice of precious opal is glued on to a backing of common opal, glass or porcelain that has first been darkened. A protective dome of clear quartz crystal is then cemented to the precious opal with a clear resin (glue) to complete the triplet opal. A doublet opal is more valuable than a triplet because it has a greater opal content. I have used these in my designs before in rings because the Opal is protected for every day wear. However, 90% of the time I use a Doublet for it’s beauty.

Boulder opal is also classified as solid opal. It occurs as thin veins of precious opal in the cracks and cavities of light and dark brown ironstone boulders in Queensland. The opal flowed into the cracks and fissures in the boulders in liquid form millions of years ago. With the passing of centuries, the liquid material formed into solid opal and now miners cut these stones into magnificent pieces with the natural host rock left on the back. Just started using this type of Opal this year (2011). I love it for it’s raw, earthy appearance. Very Unique and I’ve been using it a lot lately.

There are also the famous nut opals, known as ‘Yowah-nuts’ and unique to Queensland. These smaller ironstone concretions up to 5cm across may host a kernel of solid opal or contain a network of thin veins of opal through the ironstone. The best development of this variety of opal is at Yowah, hence the name ‘Yowah-nuts’. Had to bring this one up because I’ve used it in a few rings recently! Very Cool!

So there ya have it! There are a few more varieties of Opal, but I wanted to focus to the main ones and the types I use in Patrician Art. So, All the Opals I use are real. I think that the synthetic ones (man made) are too perfect and look fake. To me I prefer nature’s non-perfect way of creating unique beauty. I hope you feel the same & enjoy all of my new OPAL JEWELRY for 2011! Visit to see my HANDMADE, ONE OF A KIND, OPAL designs!

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Splash Copper

One of my hot new jewelry items for 2011 is my Splash copper Pendants. The unique, one of s kind metal sculptures are so interesting! Native copper ( Michigan ) is used to make these artistic free- form sculptures. No two are alike and shapes are open to many different visual interpretations.

Splash copper is made by pouring molten copper onto a flat surface. When the shapes are cooled, a green or turquoise-colored chemical patina is applied, then highlights are polished to expose the glowing solid copper underneath. The sculptures are sealed to preserve the finish and to prevent the copper from tarnishing. I use copper wire and sometimes copper beads to decoratively wrap and create a bail to hang the piece from a necklace. My handmade copper neck ring is included with purchase or choose to wear it on your own necklace, cord, or chain.

I hope you enjoy these! As always, I strive to come up with new ideas and never seen before designs. At Patrician Art you are sure to find a Handmade, one of a kind, piece of Art Jewelry just for you!

Please visit my website to find your Splash Copper!

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New Collections! Enameling Techniques

So I think this is the most creative I’ve been in 10 years. I am SO inspired to create! Maybe it’s just that I don’t want to leave my house because of the snow-so, I need something to do with all my time! Anyway, I’ve created 5 NEW Collections in my Copper category since December of 2010: Lily, Soleil, Noir, Skye, and Twilight Woods. I am really proud of all of them & couldn’t choose a favorite. They each have elements that move me. Lily is so feminine, Soleil so warm, Noir so dramatic, Skye so deep, Twilight Woods so haunting. I’ve been using Opals a lot in my work and also my ole favorite Larbradorite.
New for 2011 is my use of Enamel in my Metalwork-which is a process of fusing glass to the metal in a kiln. I’ve been experimenting with both traditional & abstract techniques. My Twilight Woods Collection is an example of me now following any traditional rules & just completely experimenting on my own. The result is a haunting Collection inspired by the setting sun glowing through the trees in my backyard. Traditionally I’ve been working with the process of Cloisonne. I only have one example to show in my Soleil Collection. I really love the results, but this process is extremely time consuming. For example, The Cloisonne Pendant in the Soleil Collection took me a month to complete!
I strive every year to have NEW and exciting jewelry to show you. I work REALLY hard to come up with designs that have never been seen before. I hope that I have lived up to what you expect from me as a designer this year! Please let me know what you think of my new work & don’t hesitate to share any ideas that you might have with me. Thank you so much for being a part of Patrician Art. I couldn’t do it without you!!!! Much LOVE!

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New! Soleil Collection

Check out my new Soleil collection! Warm golden tones were just what I needed to work with to remind me of the sun in this freezing cold weather! Bronze, gold, NuGold brass, and golden gemstones. Available soon!

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New Swarovski Hearts!

New Swarovski Heart Necklace & Earrings available NOW- just in time for Valentine’s Day! Great new colors & really fun shape. Check them out in the Swarovski Crystal category on my website!

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New Collection!!!

I’ve been working very hard creating my New Collection! I am almost finished & will be posting my new pieces for sale sometime within the next week. Hope you’ll check out my new work!!!

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