Don’t you just love crusty rusty patina’s on metal ?
I found this simple tutorial from “Treasures from the Heart” for turning keys, hinges, watch parts, jewelery scrap and all metal odds and ends into gorgeous weathered pieces to use in mixed media, art assemblage products and more…I’m going do a batch to use in my sculpture installations.
Treasures from the Heart: Rust and Patina How To
Xmas ready to go …wrapped & recycled.
Xmas gifts wrapped using mostly recycled materials and ready to go…
Crisp white bread tissue paper, recycled blue string, dyed paper scrap, vintage 1950’s rubber stamp
Crisp white bread tissue paper, Xmas cutout from France, scrap pale green soft binding.
Mums handmade vintage crochet doily, scrap dishmop string, French scrap card
Mums beautiful hand-worked embroidery
Vintage French monogram cotton tea towel, found string, hand- stamped French tag
Indonesian sweet bag, scrap pale green ribbon, Xmas tag from France
Lately I’ve been experimenting with natural dyeing processes for fabrics and papers. I’m trying out rust dyeing at the moment. I want to build up a collection of natural and rust dyed fabrics and papers so when my next creative spurt comes around, I’ll have plenty to work with.
Over the years I have collected heaps of metal for my sculpture welding so I have plenty of bits hiding on my property just rusting away. The gathering of the metal objects, wrapping them with the fabric spraying with vinegar and binding with rope and wire is quite relaxing. I call it mummy wrapping.
It only takes a couple of hours for marks to appear but I like to keep mine for up to a week or two so I can get deeper impressions and colours. I discovered if I wrap fabric around old pieces of copper pipe the amazing teal green and red patinas are transferred to the fabric as well.
I’m happy with the end result and see connections to the abstract marks I create in my paintings. There are paintings in themselves
Go to my tutorial on Rust Dyeing here