Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Rust





I started my RUST tags a few weeks ago when I did some tie-dyeing with some rusty old screws, nuts and bolts from the shed. I wrapped little bundles of rusty bits in calico and secured with rubber bands.  I soaked the bundle in vinegar for 24 hours and then left it in the greenhouse for a week.  It smelled disgusting!

After I had removed the rubber bands and washed and ironed the calico I began to look closely at the resulting marks to see if there were any interesting pictures in the rust.  To start with, as Halloween is coming up,  I was looking for monsters, were-wolves and gargoyles.  I wasn’t expecting to find roses and diamonds! 


My first tag started like this: This rusty image is just how it came out of the tied bundle, it has not been touched up in any way to look more like a rosebud. 
I used the rest of the rusty calico to make leaves and 2 3D roses.  The rose stem is a dried leaf stem.



For my second tag I found a diamond solitaire etched into the rust.  I added a ring of gold wire and some more rusty leaves.




Even the waste fabric from the leaves is beautiful.  
 Who said romance is dead?!

 I also found cobwebs and spooks in my rusty images, but I’m keeping those for Halloween!

Thank you all for your encouraging comments on my rainy day tag.  I shall be round later to see what amazing rusty treasures you have all come up with.
Bye for now,
Jane xx

18 comments:

  1. Jane this isamazing! I put some stuff wrapped up in cotton in the garden, but I never knew you soaked it in vinegar first and i never left it longenough! I think this is amazing! Well done, I love it x

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  2. Barb is right! Amazing!! Really stunning!

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  3. I've often thought about doing this technique and you've encouraged me to try

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  4. Fabulous work with gorgeous effects!

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  5. Wow! I would never have thought of doing that - what beautiful effects you have achieved :o)

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  6. Gorgeous effect, Jane. Both tags are stunning!

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  7. Ahh, so that's where I went wrong. I only soaked mine with water :( Oh well I will try again anyway, if just for the experience.
    This is all simply beautiful Jane. Fabulous work! :0)

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  8. Great effects you achieved there Jane what a wonderful rose image!

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  9. Gosh that rose is just amazing. No one could disagree that it is a perfectly formed rose. Never heard of that technique before. I have a few odds and ends sitting in a bucket of water waiting to go rusty.Might be a long time coming me thinks. Hugs Mrs A.

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  10. Stunning! I particularly like the rose one - what an image! Carolyn x

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  11. Totally and absolutely coooooooooool!! valerie

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  12. So beautifully made, love the rose and your rusty fabric.
    Anni

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  13. I like both tags, but the rose one is spectacular. Blessings!

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  14. I just love these - I tried to rust fabric too but it didn't come out half as well as yours. The rusted rose is really amazing. You must have been so happy when you opened your little wrapped bundle. Isn't that the best feeling to be suprised by something brilliant that you might not have planned?

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  15. WOW,WOW,WOW... Fabulous creations.. Very clever & creative... Hugs May x x x

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  16. Fabulous tags and thank you for the walkthrough on how to do this.

    Regards from

    Pat x

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  17. Wow, Jane!I agree with everyone's comments!Great technique, and I especially like the rose. I absolutely have to try rust wrapping for myself now!
    Jane x

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  18. Love this technique Jane. You really had to be working in advance to achieve this...well done! That rose bud is fabulous and you finished it of perfectly.

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