11.02.2014

A Conglomeration of Aggregate

I don't know exactly what this stuff is, but I have been collecting it from the shores of Lake Erie for many years. It appears to be aggregate of some sort. Like lots of smooth beach pebbles held together with cement, broken into chunks and then tumbled for years in the Great Lakes.
If anyone has information on this stuff, I'd be very interested to know more. Many industries have dumped their slag and junk into our lake over the years and I imagine that these lovely rocky clusters I find are the byproduct of some manufacturing process.



I thought it might be fun to bezel set one of the smaller pieces of this stuff into a silver necklace. The back plate was made from the bowl of a sterling silver antique spoon. So upcycled and recycled all the way around. Something different. Find it here in my Etsy store.





5 comments:

Jane Skoch said...

I grew up on the shores of Lake Erie in North Collinwood where my mom had grown up as well. Our neighborhood beach association, and the lakefront homes, by the time I grew up, were experiencing a lot of erosion. Our "beach" was nothing but rocks. Our clubhouse eventually went over. This happened until the Army Corp of Engineers put in huge blogs along the shoreline (for those who paid, I think.) Anyway, it was common for people to dump various forms of rock and concrete to help control erosion. Many of the rocks on our beach were large pieces of sidewalk! I remember seeing lots of these types of aggregate stones and I always figured they were pieces of concrete/road/sidewalk. There were often chunks with huge pieces of iron sticking out. Interesting question - if you learn any more, let me know! Love the pendant, too!

SToNZ said...

Interesting, Jane! Thanks for the information. It looks a lot like broken up concrete sidewalks, I think. I hope I can track down more info on Tia possibility!
Appreciate your input!

SToNZ said...

On THAT possibility.
😉

Jane Skoch said...

I researched a bit and couldnt find anything. Also, they didnt install blogs (lol) but blocks,like breakwall size blocks.

SToNZ said...

Thanks for trying!
:)

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