FINALLY! Success! I love it and can’t wait to quilt it.
What did I do? I sprayed the top with 50/50 water & white vinegar then wrapped up rusty nails, washers & thing-a-ma-jigs (thanks scott!) and an old film canister inside it. Wrapped it in handi-wrap to keep moist. Let it sit for about 20 hours. Unwrapped it. Soaked it in salt water for about 30 minutes. Washed it. Dried it. Pressed it. Then did the same thing again because although I liked the results – there wasn’t ENOUGH rust. Then I did the same thing with the binding fabric.
I can’t wait to do it again. EVERYTHING is fair game……I have left-over sheer curtain fabric that I think I’ll try next. I’m also going to have the neighbors dig through their sheds and find some rusted objects for me.
And, did you know there is an entire world of wacky rust aficionados out there? Google ‘rust’ or ‘rust fabric’ or ‘rust photos’ – and be sure to go to Google Images…..some amazing work out there.
Word of caution…apparently you need to ‘treat’ your rusted fabric every 6 months or so in order to retard the rust process continuing. And soda ash is better than salt.
With all the free motion quilting that I’m doing, I will certainly be quilting this baby up in the next month or two. I need to place another Isacord thread order….I’m thinking a dark rust color and I’m thinking to quilt in large circles or spirals – using the old film canister for a motif.
I can’t remember the last time I was so excited about something quilty…..this was seriously fun.