Friday, August 28, 2009

rust dyeing



This is my first attempt at rust dyeing. What a fun process. I had a box of rusted 'junk' that I brought from the farm. I remember my son saying,
what do you want that for???? I didn't really know, sentimental value??/ Anyway it is coming in handy.
The first piece was a saw blade, and old stove damper 'thingy' and some large washers.The second piece was wrapped around an old lantern, I did the wrapping twice.
I have three more bags on the go :)
Now what to do with them.

8 comments:

Carole said...

These look so 'delicious'... almost have a peachy look to them. What kind of fabric did you use?
So much fun...

Art by Rhoda Forbes said...

I guess the peachey color is due to the first time those objects were used, and they were really rusty. I did rinse them three times. Just a PFD fabric that I had on hand.

LaughingLG said...

Rhoda, I really like the look of these. The one that was wrapped around the lantern looks very interesting. Sometimes it's good to hoard things; some of my rust items are railroad spikes I've had for twenty years.

LaughingLG said...

Oh and to the right of the saw blade piece I can almost see a double helix. Cool.

Micki said...

It looks absolutely incredible! it looks like a really interesting process!
Micki

Judy Alexander said...

I love rust dyeing. Never know what you are going to get...

Susan Schweikhart said...

These pieces came out beautifully. I think I see a face in the left one.
Thanks for your comment on my blog.

fabricpixie said...

Hi, your rusting attempts turned out great!

Here is a tip for a little 'spice' to add to your rusting. Take a bag of tea, snip it and sprinkle ever so lightly in just a few areas of your fabric when rust dyeing..do NOT use the whole bag of tea..that would be way too much. The tannin will give dark splotches of grey/black to your fabrics. Experiment as much as you can with different pieces of fabric.

I hope you like the effect you will receive in your rusting.

warm quilt hugs, sue in CA

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