Wednesday, September 1, 2010

WOYWW 65: rusting fabric for WIYWDW

I got so many questions last week about how I rusted fabric, I decided to show you this week. I had started telling people in my blog comments (and YES, I made it to all blogs for the third week in a row), but decided on a quick tutorial today in my driveway (WIYWDW or What's In Your Wednesday Drive Way) to answer all those questions. Now I know you don't have a lot of time, since you want to get to Mrs. Dunnit's blog for the links, so I'm going to be as brief as possible for a tutorial.

Supplies:
Rusty iron and metal
Cotton fabric (I used fabric from an old blouse and white pant leg)
Bucket with enough water to cover the project

Lay the first layer of fabric in the bottom of the bucket. Thank Bleubeard for the bucket. Cover with various pieces of rusty metal, iron, etc. These are from an old railroad line.

Cover with more fabric and add tin lids. Mine were cut using a safety opener.

Repeat process until all rusty pieces and fabric are alternated, ending with either fabric, as I did, or more metal. Make sure water covers the top layer. Set in a sunny place and wait at least two days!

Tip: Find different types of rusty metal to use. Different metals will produce different rust colors, which range from dark brown to golden yellow.

Next week I'll show the results and some uses for the rusted fabric, as well as how to rust paper, which is a totally different process.

Because I didn't want to take any rocking horses to my driveway, here is this week's in plain sight: a ceramic Christmas horse about 14 inches (35.6 cm) tall at the ears that lives with my plants in the living room.

While visiting the WOYWWers today, take a side trip to Magpie's Nest and sign up for Patty Szymkowicz's 1213th post giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment, and anyone, anywhere in the world is welcome. Patty (like I) believes giving is unconditional!

Today's blog of choice is JoZart. Jo is a stamp designer, crafter, jewelry maker, workshop instructor, and so much more. She has a sharp eye when it comes to WOYWW, too. She lives in northwest England in the UK. Be sure to say hi to Jo today.

101 thoughtful remarks:

peggy aplSEEDS said...

WIYWDW! LOL, that's a first! i'm looking forward to seeing the results of your rusting project. wow, you got to all the blogs?! amazing!

Dawn said...

Oh great tips here look fwd to the fniished ruty articals loving the horse

Love Dawn xx

Andrea - Wales, UK said...

Thanks for the rusting tutorial, I would never have thought it would be that easy. Gorgeous rocking horse this week...I love Christmas.

Happy Wednesday......xx

Julia Dunnit said...

How fascinating Elizabeth - and of course, I do thank Bleubeard for the bucket! I too love this week's horse, it reminds me of fun fairs and pastel colours 'enhanced' with glitzy gold and sequins. I haven't caught up yet, but I will!

Wipso said...

Thanks for the tut today. Just got to find some rusting metal now :-)
A x

Helen said...

Thanks for the tut. Cute rocking horse.

Serendipity (Christine) said...

Thank you, I was really interested to know how to achieve the rusted look, now just need to find time to have a go... :-)

Cath Wilson said...

Can't wait to see how that fabric turns out - sounds like a great idea and so easy, once you know how. Thanks for sharing and Happy WOYWW!

joey said...

WOW you make it look so very easy to rust, looking forward to seeing how you do the paper, have a good week. Joey.x

JoZart said...

Good morning UK time! Big thanks for the info. I'll certainly have a go at rusting fabric and, appropriately to you, I have some old horseshoes to use as well as my flat irons and lots of ancient keys. It will save me from the risks of the railway!!! LOL!
Thanks too for the credits and "shout out" for my blog. I'm honoured!
No probs spotting that lovely rocker this week!
JoZarty x

Lisa aka Myran said...

It looks very easy, I might have to give this a try!! Thanks for the peek :)

Sue said...

Hi ya
oh thanks for the tutorial see we learn so much by snooping, lovely rocking horse,Have great day, happy WOYWW, sue,x

secret scrapbooker said...

Interested to see what you do with the rust, never heard of that before.
Kate x

Susan Allan said...

Thank you for that very useful tutorial. I found some rusty wire yesteday which I have brought home with me. You have got me thinking now.
Just wondering; ifs adding salt would speed up the process. Thinking back to school science, if I remember correctly, iron rusts more quickly in salty water.

Thanks once again for the wonderful idea!
Sue xx

Kate said...

excited to see how your bucket full of rust turns out, although the process looks decidedly unpleasant.

** Kate **

Joanne said...

Amazing, just amazing.
Luv Joanne xx

Darcy said...

Look forward to seeing the results. Does the process corrode whatever you then attach to the fabric?

Lucozade is an energy drink. I think America has Gatorade, not sure if it is the same thing.

The buttons are from all over, a lot were my grandmothers.

Cardarian said...

Loved your tutorial and the ceramic hourse is just so cute! Thank you for the lovely snoop!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Hazel (Didos) said...

Hi, WOW i can't wait for next week now to see the rusted effect you get with the materials. Thanks for sharing, I had never thought of that before. Love Hazelxoxo

Phree said...

Happy WOYWW Day. Your rusting project is intriguing - looking forward to seeing the finished results. I've only ever made it round all the blogs once, well done for managing so often.

Linda Elbourne said...

Great tutorial ... I have bookmarked it ... MUST give it a go! Have a fab week!

Lothian Crafts said...

What a great tutorial I look forward to seeing how the fabric turns out.
Elaine

kelli said...

Wow I don't think I've gotten to all the blogs more than once!! Lol at first I thought you had something else in your kitty litter box...like the stuff that goes in the litter LOL! Happy woyww xx

Stressed Stamper said...

so how many horses do you have in total then?...Looking forward to seeing the results of the bucket die...Happy WOYWW or even on the drive!

Karen said...

ooo I am so interested in how this turns out my lovely! Thank you Bluebeard for supplying the bucket! XXX

Theresa said...

O Yay! Another fun technique to try out! Thanks for the tutorial and hope your Wednesday is great Elizabeth!

Diane said...

Wow, this is so cool--like tea or coffee staining. I always like to take a big batch of fabric and lace and coffee stain them and let then drip dry them outside on the line (like today--nice and sunny)
Why didn't you want to take any of your horses outside on the driveway ;)

ooglebloops said...

Can't wait to see how the rusting turns out? I may have to try this. The rust is set- washing won't fade it?

Elliephant said...

cool tutorial, but can I ask where you got all the rusty metal from? I must live in stainless steel world!

Sunshine Girl said...

Great tutorial - thanks for sharing - cant wait to see how it turns out next week.

Halle said...

Very interested to see the rusty fabric. I'm going to have to try this sometime. I know where I can get an endless supply of rusty parts. :)

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

Can't wait for next week's post on what you use this for! Verrrry interrrresting! Patsy from
HeARTworks

Minxy said...

Thanks for the instructions, cant wait to have a play now...now where can i rummage for metal lol

Healing Woman said...

What a simple and straight forward tutorial. You have made it look incredibly easy and I can't wait to see how you rust paper. Great post today. Like the links and love your antique looking rocking horse. Thanks so much!

butlersabroad said...

What incredible things you do Elizabeth, rusting paper sounds very interesting, I'll look forward to next week.

Hugs
Brenda

Tracey said...

Can't wait to see the results and next week with the paper, not sure I've go anything rusty apart from me that is!
I thought of you yesterday as we went to the seaside on the Yorkshire coast and on our way home we passed a shop in a little village which had a huge wooden rocking horse in the window. Hope you are having a lovely day.
xx

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Got so excited to see your rust tutorial Elizabeth! I have tried it, but never with any real guidance, many thanks!
Thank you also for the shout out again today, you're a real doll.
Happy Wednesday!
oxo

Spyder said...

The horse is fabulous, and I will try the rusting, and watch out for next week, Hope I can do it, as will still be away. Off to 'see' Patty


(Lyn)

Lou and Mel said...

Well theres a tutorial I never expected to see!

minnie_mac said...

Love the little horse, and enjoyed the tutorial and can't wait to see how it turns out.

Marilyn

Cheryl said...

oh wow cant wait too see what you come up with great tutorial,be interseting too see how you rust paper,just adore that horse its gorgoeus,hugs cheryl xxxxx

Carola Bartz said...

Wow! Thanks for the tutorial! Love the rocking horse.

steph said...

Thanks for the tutorial, E!!! much appreciated...

Clare H said...

Cant wait for next week and what they will look like!!

Cath said...

Looking forward to next week as the rusty paper sounds good.

Keep cool
Cathx

Nikki said...

Thank you for the Tut :) would have never thought to try dying material with rust very kewl
hugs Nikki

Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts said...

Hey, sorry I am late!! Yes I am returning the call from last weeks he he!!
This looks interesting I'll come back next week for results...its like blue peter but without the 'here's one I made earlier!
Hugs
PS I have blog candy x

Aisling said...

Thanks so much for this tutorial!

Tracy Evans said...

Thanks for the tutorial, very interesting and I will give this a go in the near future. Can't wait to find out about rusting paper, right up my street. Hope Bleubeard is keeping well and thanks for the use of the bucket LOL. Have a good evening, Tracy Evans x

Ciara said...

You know you're a serious crafter when you have to go and use your driveway for certain techniques!!

Thanks for sharing and also thanks for popping by my first WOYWW. I will indeed share photos of my finished storeroom!

Catch you next week,
Ciara
xx

Artyjen said...

Thanks for sharing :) Look forward to the next time
xoxo Sioux

kath said...

love your crafty corner...thanks for sharing...hugs kath xxx

Doone said...

Hey Elizabeth ,

also you can put your fave sweatshirt into a soak & forget it - and then realise it has metal studs onit - and you get a most amazing rust pattern - but the oil stain you put it into saok for has lifted... DUH

Sorry i didn't get to comment on your blogs this week - been silly social wise - no 'in my room on my PC time'....

and Well Aren't You Modest - 'done' every one three weeks running? - I hereby pronounce you THE Blogghopping Tart of Wednesday Desks

dxxxxx

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Great WOYWW today, love popping over and seeing what you have made during the past week. Thanks for sharing, hug Heidi xx

Sarah said...

That is a great technique one to remember I think

Traceyr said...

That is a different technique not seen that before. :)

Lynne in NI said...

Great tutorial ... look forward to seeing how to 'rust' paper! Pretty horse too!

Sue from Oregon said...

Can't wait to see the results! Love the fabric painting one too!

MOLLYE said...

Thank you for sharing. I used to do this for journal covers and they come out beautifully rusty for sure. I had forgotten this technique. How have you been ? XXXMollye

Pam said...

Wow! What a fantastic tutorial. I'm bookmarking this one. Thanks.

NEEDLEWINGS said...

I guess I had never thought about using the cat's bucket. lol I have rust dyed, but have never done it this way. I shall have to try that sometime. I have a big metal tray and put a fabric down on it soaked in white vinegar, then a layer of various rusted pieces, more soaked white vinegar fabric, more rusted pieces, etc. Each layer I have layed flat. Then I put a piece of plastic over the whole bunch and let it bake in the sun. I am fortunate enough to live right across the road from a junk yard, so I get plenty of rusted metal!

Gaby Bee said...

Thanks for your rusting tutorial, Elizabeth. I will give this a go asap. Can't wait to see how your rusting turns out!
Enjoy your day and make some fab art :-)

Alisonw30 said...

Thanks for the tutorial, looking forward to seeing the finished result next week, may even give it a go x

Twiglet said...

Your rocking horse is lovely and looks just right amongst your plants.

Maggie's Crafts said...

I'd like to see the finished result. Thanks for the snoop. :)

Lin said...

I'm another interested to see the results, but what I really want to know is why does the cat have a bucket anyway? Intriguing.

Lin xx

Scrapcollectr said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog. I will try to show an update next week (an incentive to get it done!) Thx also for the rusty ideas. Looking forward to the rusty paper thoughts. Have a nice day! =D

Dianne said...

I think this is my favorite rocking horse so far! will be interested to see how the fabric turns out.

downrightcrafty said...

lol I wondered what your comment meant this week and now I know and understand, yes it is extremely difficult to rate the drive way for the messy scale.

thanks for the belated return snoop
Hugs Kate xx

Ali H said...

Hi thanks for stopping by ! You certainly are happy to try the most adventurous techniques ! Thanks for sharing ! Ali x

jodpea said...

Ooh, quite intrigued to see how this turns out, don't think I've ever seen anybody get rust on fabric on purpose! Thanks for your comment but u don't need to worry about the shelves dropping on my head - where theres no sense theres no feeling!!

madebyKarla said...

Cool! Can't wait to see what happens to the fabric! Thanks for the tutorial and for coming to vist my workdesk ;) Your comment made me smile! I hope you're not really embarrassed about the coffee comment. It's my fault, I didn't explain what it was in the last post. I think next wed. I will show what's inside the cup :)

voodoo vixen said...

I may have to give the rusting of material and lace especially a go, thank you for the instructions! Love your latest horse showing, he is a beaut!! Sorry I am so late... its been a bit manic here!!

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks for the rust tutorial. I've had a piece of heavy rusted chain in my screened-in porch for months...just waiting for me to use it for dyeing. Now that I 'have the technology', I have no more excuses!! :)

The Paper Princess said...

Wow, #3 on the list - I passed out waiting for the post, lol! Great tutorial and love the horse! The heatwave is back - but at least we're not in the path of the hurricane! Hoping my east coast family will be ok. Have a great weekend - I'm probably closing out your comments this week!

Hugs
Ramona
http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

Carmen said...

Such a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial and am typing slightly shamefaced at spoiling your record.

Forgive me? *flutters eyelashes*

lisa said...

This is so interesting. What intersting things you can do with tin cans!!
Thanks for sharing.
Hugs Lisax

Morti said...

Thanks for the tutorial - and thanks for stopping by once more! I envy you the time you have to blog hop; I have to fit mine in around my work day!

ikki said...

Wow, never a dull moment over here! Sorry to be sooooo late, been a bit busy tidying up! Very interesting posts. ikki

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