Some People Don’t Like Rust…

Some people don’t like rust…

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I’m not one of those people. I love rust!  Just look at all the different colors. *swoon*

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So I thought I’d do a little tutorial on how to rust your own goodies.

First you’ll need three ingredients. Are you ready? They are quite sophisticated and hard to find. Sidenote: That may have been sarcasm.

You’ll need Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide and Salt. And any items you’d like to rust. I’ve rusted just about everything. Today I tried chipboard butterflies, some random keys, buttons and clips, tags, book paper, and of course, fabric.

I also add a few plates of steel to speed up the process. I don’t think you have to have any steel, I just think it helps stain the fabric. I also like to add chicken wire and other various shaped wires to add designs on the object’s I’m dying. Bonus, I can later use the wire in another project.

You can also add cheap washers, nuts, bolts etc from the home improvement store.

I layer it all in a tub and pour 2 pints Hydrogen Peroxide, 1/2 cup White Vinegar and 4 TBS salt. You can cut this recipe in half too. But I like to do a lot at a time and store it for a later project.

Then the magic happens! It starts to bubble and will eventually foam up. Protect all surfaces unless you want to rust it.

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It doesn’t take long for the paper items to rust (and deteriorate if you leave them in the liquid too long) so I remove them after about 30 – 45 minutes.

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See the chicken wire imprint?!

I moved the rest into a smaller bucket and let them soak for a few hours.

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When I remove it, this is what it looks like right out of the liquid – all foamy. I leave the foam on top of it to dry.

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And look at all the rusty goodness you have when finished! I let it completely dry and store it. Warning, it does keep its vinegar smell for quite some time.

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As you can see, the rust didn’t stain some of the buttons or the butterflies. But the buttons and clips that did rust?  **love**

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I made this accordion art journal using Strathmore 400 Series paper that I rust dyed along with other rusted papers. For more of this, see my Instagram.

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Super easy and fun and kind of mad-scientist ish. I hope you give it a try!


And for your listening pleasure, I’ve pretty much had this on repeat.

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