Sunday, 22 August 2010

Raving about rust

In preparation for our next QB5 swap I received some rusty suspender clips from Nathalie. (we have plans, just wait...) She has a wonderful selection of these in her ETSY shop

I can't say I've really come across these clips here other than a few pristine ones I was given a while ago.

I decided to try rusting the ones I have.

I read somewhere they can be sanded, dunked in vinegar, then put in contact with an already rusty item and set out in the air to 'cook'

And it worked!! literally within hours!

I like the shape of the ones from Nathalie better but as far as the rusting process goes, I'm thrilled!

now I just need to make something to hang on them!

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Seth said...

Clever idea to use the suspender clips. And I love the rusty ones you created.

Joanna said...

Ooooh, great rusting technique - tfs. Love your clips!

Riki Schumacher said...

These look fabulous Anne! Great idea. Thanks for stopping by, glad you like the video of Maddie. Take care, Riki

~*~Patty S said...

rust never sleeps ;)
they look fab already M!

Linda Jo said...

I love that you can "catch rust"!

Nan said...

Great tip...thanks for sharing!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've never even seen suspender clips, but I sure like this rusting process. Your technique worked great, too.

Sinderella's Studio said...

Very cool - in doing the base piece for the traveling postcard with a message I wanted to add this washer I had but wanted it to look used - I'm trying your recipe!
thanks, dana

Nana Nassar said...

hello darling! thanks a lot for taking your time to participate on our blog! you are amazing and not only as an artist, but as a person! God bless you! xoxoxo


Unknown said...

I like the patina you "caught" on yours. Great results from your experiment!
A lot of the clips I have are flaking so will continue to rust.

Artgirl said...

Hello I really like to see your blog! Beautiful pictures, unusual and very inspiring work! Come and see me for a virtual prize please :-) I have a bad English, sorry)

Lesley said...

Hi there, I just finished looking for a recipe to rust jingle bells for a fall craft show.
Here it is for those that need measurements
1/2 c cider vinegar
1/2 c bleach
1 tsp salt
place items in a mason jar and make sure things are completely covered for a day or so.
Remove from container, place on paper towel to dry in the sun. Rusting will occur as the metal dries. Of course putting a rusty nail in the container to begin with will help create rust as well.
HTH for anyone like me that likes measurements.
Have fun, now off to rust my bells.
L :)

Alisa Noble said...

Very cool!
At our local flea, there is a guy who has nothing but tables covered with old, very rusty hardware. I call him the rusty, junkman.

BadPenny said...

Thanks for the tip ! I love rust too !

Jen xo said...

im loving these, have been trying to find some here since i saw hens teeth make some beautiful brooches.
Rusting is always fun...