Saturday, October 25, 2008

Rusted Fabric Experiment

I love this piece of fabric! I have wanted to try rust dying for a while and the other day I was rummaging through my husbands shop and found a few chains and bolts that were good candidates for the experiment. I took a piece of PFD fabric wet it and wrung it out. Then I soaked it in vinegar and wrung it again. I then wrapped the rusty objects in the fabric and put the whole thing in a plastic garbage bag, squished the air out and tightly closed it. I let this set for about 2 1/2 days. I then rinsed it in salt water (I read somewhere that that stops the rusting process) and let the fabric dry. Finally I ran it through the washer, dried it and ironed it. I really thought that the color would fade when I washed this and was amazed how it did not. I will definitely do this again.

5 comments:

KarenF said...

It turned out great!! Beware though...it's addictive! :-)

pcoxdesign said...

Rust dyeing is so much fun!! Your piece turned out great. Can't wait to see how you use it.

Janice Paine-Dawes said...

Nice first piece! Like Karen said...it is very, very addictive. somehow commercial fabric doesn't excite me too much after rusting and dyeing my own. Try some prints and or other colors next time for some wonderful effects!

Judy Alexander said...

Thanks all for taking a look. Janice, I will have to take your suggestion and do this on commercial fabric. What a great idea!

k baxter packwood said...

Your piece turned out wonderful, put it in a bit of baking soda water. Salt will actually cause the fabric to deteriorate.

I have further instructions on rust dyeing on my video - http://www.prairiefibers.com

Kimberly