Recently, I was especially excited to receive a gift of
a wooden box full of old bent, rusty nails.
So, why are we so keen on all things rusty?
To colour fabric... naturally!
· rusty bits or (and this is pretty crucial)metal items which will rust
· deep flat container – a cat litter tray is perfect
· washed (but doesn’t need to be dry) fabric – natural fabrics take the rust better so try cotton, linen, wool or silk
· vinegar or tea (optional)
Sometimes I wrap the fabric around the object if it is large but usually I just scrunch and layer the fabric and rusty items in the bottom of the plastic tray; it’s essential that the rusty object is fully in contact with the fabric. Once you are happy wet the fabric and rusty objects and cover with a layer of plastic to stop from drying out.
Vinegar and / or tea will speed up the rusting process. Malt vinegar will give the fabric an aged, creamy finish whilst tea gives a range of grey/ black marks in addition to the rust.