Thursday, 16 April 2015

Rust, but no diamonds…….

Showing my age with that song reference, but value has definitely come from the rust dyeing.  I think the warmth outdoors today helped with the depth of the reaction with the cloth.

In progress, after 4hours, and the rock containing iron oxide ( lower right in the tray)  has had no impact on the cloth


neutralised and washed ( strips are about 3 inches wide at the widest point)  and ready to be used in the April journal quilt.




  1. Love this. So much fun to be had with rusty old bits of stuff!

  2. As I understand it, the iron oxide won't affect the cloth because the iron needs to oxidise while in contact with the (wet) cloth - the oxygen (form the water? from the air??) combines with the iron to make the iron oxide, ie rust. So, starting with a shiny surface is better than using one that's already rusty.
    Mind you, this is only theoretical knowledge, read elsewhere - I've not tried the comparison myself!

  3. Looks interesting! What do you use to neutralise it?


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