One of the things I love about Fordite is its versatility. Lapidarists who work with the material all have their own special way of cutting it. The unfortunate thing is, Fordite is such a niche material that once your source disappears, you’re lucky to find a similar style of cutting. That’s the case with my my faceted Fordite.
This particular source already had a limited number of these types of pieces, so they were, quite literally, “rare.” Upon doing a recent search, my vendor no longer seems be in business (the same is true of my Dagenham Fordite supplier).
I LOVED these pieces and I hung on to them for a really long time, trying to figure out what to do with them. Then, I went on a creative sabbatical. Because I needed to clear my palate and come back to (jewelry) design with a fresh perspective, I sold all of the remaining gemstones and Fordite that I had at the time, including most of my collection of faceted “stones.” I held on to an INCREDIBLY amazing piece of faceted dinosaur bone that I purchased from this same lapidarist—I’m not sure if I’m going to keep it or make something to sell.
Although the purge was necessary, I did keep a few of these special pieces. Three, to be exact. When I saw how many I originally had it made me sick to my stomach that I let them all go. But, sometimes these kinds of purges are necessary for the sake of moving forward.
In the meantime, I’ll figure out what I want to do with my remaining faceted Fordite pieces, and when I do, I’ll drop a blog post, so stay tuned.