Re: Re: Re: To William Ligon
Ok, this is the situation, and I don't quite know what to make of it. The hardness is about 3, but the scratch I make (even with a knife blade) is not very deep, so it seems to be much harder under the surface. Short of scraping off a part of the surface, this is about as much as I want to do. Under magnification, the chipped spot shows a very thin layer of colored material. The "heft" is about the same as a piece of gravel about the same size, maybe a bit lighter.
I found the thing several years ago in a gravel pile that a neighbor was planning to use for a driveway or something. This was a suburban area south of Miami, Florida. I saw the colors and picked up the piece (the only one I could see).
My best guess is that it is a piece of the gravel that someone made into an "art" project and painted the outside. There are no brush marks or anything like that. Dipped in paint like an Easter egg?
From William Ligon - June 22, 2012 at 15:30:36