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Topic: Altered Altoid Tin Shrine to a Wasteland Dolly God (Challenge Entry)  (Read 3122 times)
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« on: September 28, 2012 09:52:52 PM »

I made this with no hard plan other than the clear intention to use as much rusting solution as possible. Also Byzantine icon art was a source of inspiration as was the dinky little plastic doll in my junk drawer. And it all came together to make this...



It's creepy and mysterious and also a little bit sweet and sad.
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2012 07:13:05 AM »

the rusting on the plastic doll is simply eerily magical here.  I love this so much.  You are right, creepy and sad.  Its so emotive for a little piece.  Brilliant work.
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2012 11:31:40 AM »

Yes - the patina on the doll figure makes me think of a cemetary monument or something like that.  So there is a sense of dichotomy of sweet innocent youth vs. death.
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2012 01:33:40 AM »

This is lovely.   I think it reminds me a bit of the works of Quenum from Benin. (If you haven't seen his work there are some pictures here)
That rusting medium is very impressive.  I would never have thought it would work with plastic.
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« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2012 10:14:07 AM »

I love how the rust added to this project!  What kind of rusting solution did you use?  I didn't even know such stuff existed, is it a spray?  How does it work on plastic?
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« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2012 10:49:21 AM »

thanks for all the lovely comments!

Here is the rusting solution I used - the first bottle has a watered down paste with a lot of metal fragments in it (microscopic) - the second bottle is some sort of chemical that reacts with the paste to make it rust.

http://www.dickblick.com/products/instant-iron-and-instant-rust/

I've found it in Michaels and Joanns stores - it's fairly common, most likely with the painting/spray paint supplies.

I'm not 100% sure how well the rust patina will be durable on the plastic. I think it may scrape off if you haven't pre-sanded which I did a bit of. But it will definitely have some sort of reaction. On one or two plastic things it obviously doesn't adhere well until it starts drying so I kind of set up a shallow pool of the rusting liquid.
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« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2012 01:38:46 PM »

I think its gorgeous!!  She's like the little saint of forgotten school days Smiley  I like how you resisted the call of the rust and used a shiny new bottle cap for the base and accents-they totally provide the needed contrast!

I've used the rusting solution on everything-plastic, paper, canvas, metal (duh), ceremic/glass.  Sometimes you need to put a few coats on and I don't think it would hold up to hard use but as a decorative element it is the funnest thing ever!
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« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2012 02:19:02 PM »

Paper/canvas is a brilliant idea!! the next time I feel like playing with some canvas I'll have to give that a try.

And resisting the urge to rust more was hard! But it was getting borderline too much rust so I pulled back  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2012 04:35:30 PM »

Yes - the patina on the doll figure makes me think of a cemetary monument or something like that.

I had the same thought!! Really cool technique, sheepBlue. It turned out great.
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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2012 05:19:27 PM »

now really my dear, there is no such thing as too much rust Grin  thats what I tell myself when I buy boxes of rusty nails anyway....
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