Saturday, March 17, 2012

Unveiling the Rust

 After almost a week, I was finally ready today to take the washers and nuts off my fabric and wash it off to see the rusting patterns.  I love the colour of the rust and can't wait to get out my gold beads to embellish it.
 Even the reverse of the rusted fabric is enough different that it gives you two valid choices as to which pattern you prefer. 
 The first two photos are of the bottom piece of fabric that was under the nuts, etc. and the second two photos are both sides of the piece of fabric that was laying on top.  This one is a bit more subtle.
I can definitely see possibilities here and think it will be a lot of fun to work with this fabric.  I predict that, much to my family's dismay, there will be many more of "Mom's science experiments" taking up residence on the kitchen counter for weeks at a time.

Thank you to everyone who gave me advice and hints on this project.  I have learned that adding a tablespoon of bleach to the water/vinegar mix will speed up the rusting process although it will result in weaker fabric, which may or may not be an issue depending on what you have planned for it.  I also learned that using metal bits that already have a bit of rust will speed up the process a lot, instead of using shiny new ones like I did.  Most interesting I think was the idea of using steel wool since it will rust so quickly. 

So, this is what it turned out like.  One piece I will save as a sample for future classes and one I get to play with now.  The next unveiling will be once it is beaded.


Susan said...

So cool, I've seen the book on this. Someone gave some classes at my LQS on this but I didn't go but I did see their samples there. Yep another fun idea! So now I can't wait to see how you finish it!!!

Marilyn said...

Kerry, looks great. You're going to have lots of fun playing with it. But I'd be worried about adding bleach to the vinegar water. It can release chlorine gas, which is very toxic. Most bleach bottles say on the label not to mix with acids.

Debbie said...

OMG Kerry, not only are you a crazy-quilter, you are now a mad scienctist as well! I like where this is going and can"t wait to see the full end result.

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

Marilyn - I think I would be leary about adding the bleach too unless I had it outside during the process. It was included in the book I was following but still... better safe than sorry!