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I used to be able to find rocks of this color in Leland. Love Fishtown!

I used to be able to find rocks of this color in Leland. Love Fishtown!

Leland blue is actually industrial waste from the pre-1900 iron foundries of Michigan. The by-product from the smelting process was dumped into Lake Michigan creating this unique "foundry glass" slag. The stones wash up on the beach of the lake and are collected, cut and polished into the loveliness that you see here. I was told, by Gary, that the white is from the flux that was used in the process and the black is from ash. This stuff is found in all shades of blu

Leland blue is actually industrial waste from the pre-1900 iron foundries of Michigan. The by-product from the smelting process was dumped into Lake Michigan creating this unique "foundry glass" slag. The stones wash up on the beach of the lake and are collected, cut and polished into the loveliness that you see here. I was told, by Gary, that the white is from the flux that was used in the process and the black is from ash. This stuff is found in all shades of blu

Collecting Leland Bluestones & Petoskeys on the shores of Lake Michigan - one of my favorite obsessions!!!!

Collecting Leland Bluestones & Petoskeys on the shores of Lake Michigan - one of my favorite obsessions!!!!

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