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Trekky
« on: June 17, 2012 02:46:52 AM »

I found a piece of metal on the street (yep, I pick up random things all the time).  I wondered if I wove around it would different threads take on the rust more than others?  Here is it finished:



And here is what I did step by step:



It was submerged for a week.  I thought that different threads would take on the rust colouring at different rates, causing a ring pattern, but this didn't happen.  Different areas took on the rust more, with the warp taking on the rust more that the weft.  I assume this is because the warp is less likely to be coated, as it is usually covered.  However, you can see from the back the warp didn't take it up uniformly.  



Now I need to find more random bits of metal to repeat the experiment, if I added a mordant, or changed the pH of the water, do you think it would increase the amount of rust taken up?
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« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2012 04:09:28 AM »

That looks so cool! Coat it with some sealer and it could be a totally awesome pendant or something.

As far as submerging it, I've taken classes where we covered our rusted bits and cloth with vinegar. It wasn't submerged just liberally soaked the entire piece but you could try either way. It works great.
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« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2012 12:25:08 PM »

That is absolutely ingenious and utterly beautiful!!!! I, too, pick up random things off the ground, and now I have yet another thing to try with all those rusty washers Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2012 12:30:01 PM »

sweeeeeeet.  I love this. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2012 01:11:37 PM »

Thanks for your comments  Smiley

sheepBlue - Vinegar sounds like a good idea. Now I just need to find more odd metal on the street!
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« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2012 02:31:28 PM »

Not only is this super cool, but it made me feel better about my random-picking-things-up-from-varying-places habit. 

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« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2012 08:04:13 AM »

How big is it? It looks like a piece from an exhibit at a museum.
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2012 12:47:01 PM »

jexiccan - it is 5cm square  Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2012 02:20:15 PM »

Is it weird that every time I check the fiber arts board, I check this thread just to watch the animation???
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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2012 02:23:09 PM »

Is it weird that every time I check the fiber arts board, I check this thread just to watch the animation???

 Cheesy  I used this to make the gif - I think it might be addictive  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2012 03:01:49 PM »

This is a really cool experiment. Thanks for sharing your process! I'd love to see more.
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« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2012 06:14:03 PM »

I love the effect!

Instead of soaking it, I would place the piece on a plate and spray it with water from a squirt bottle every time I walked by. let it dry in between because the exposure to air is what causes rust (oxidation), not the actual sitting in water. 
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« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2012 06:23:20 AM »

dunthor - good thinking! Thanks for the tip. 
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« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2013 05:36:06 AM »

Thank you!!!  Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2013 10:27:11 AM »

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« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2013 09:28:44 AM »

This opens up so many possibilities for weaving...what a unique and gorgeous piece...
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« Reply #17 on: June 20, 2013 05:26:29 AM »

This is a great piece! I love the gif too. I too pick random shinny and rusty things off the ground.
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« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2015 08:04:10 AM »

I love this!
(I am also guilty of picking up random rusty bits. Grin )
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