I have been so intrigued by creating rusty fabric! All summer long, a part of my backyard has been taken over by various rusty implements:
Here is a tutorial of how I use these rusty implements to create my rusted fabric. Today, we will work with an old oil drum, now being used to create a shibori-type pattern on some white cotton fabric.
I tend to figure techniques out without the aid of books or videos, because I find that the mistakes I make along the way lead me to create unique-to-me versions of whatever endeavor I’m attempting to produce. To rust fabric, Susan-style:
- beg the neighbors for rusty items
- stack said items in a heap in the backyard
- cook lovely dinner for DH who complains that the neighbors will think we live in a trashy dump
- explain over lovely dinner that neighbors are too busy laughing at wife and celebrating the removal of trash from their own yards to think badly of us
- dampen fabric (silk, cotton, rayon, poly– everything I’ve tried rusts) with a 50/50 mix of white vinegar/water
- arrange, tie, and/or smoosh fabric artistically around, over, on top of rusty object
- sprinkle fabric with salt
- cover fabric/rusty object with plastic tarp to keep fabric damp
- check every so often for appropriate level of rust transfer** note that this transfer seems to happen faster with silk than with cotton, and faster in warm weather than cool
If you want more detailed directions, videos, or tools, please visit Rust-Tex, a wonderful new online site for all things rusty!