Wednesday, January 21, 2015

- On the learning curve: Rust dyeing

First and foremost: I feel like I should know what these six-inch round metal things are ... can anyone out there enlighten me? They appear to have some copper, which would argue for some heat-transmitting function.


Here's an overall view of the dyeing table after the second round. It was gray outside, so everything looks subdued compared to the other day ...


And the verdict on using water-soaked padding above and below the vinegar-soaked muslin is mixed. 

The hoped-for impression of my vintage cookie cutter came out more like the ghost of Christmas past ...


Whereas the decorative plate that was a bust the last time around, turned up a winner ...


Still, since the overall results were less than stellar, I decided this would be a good opportunity to see what happens when rust-dyed cloth is put through the washing machine on a delicate cycle.

Not surprisingly, the faint rust stains and the turquoise washed out completely. But the good news is that the bold rust marks stayed true.

Next up: thicker padding, less water, more weight, and a touch of salt. Stay tuned.

6 comments:

Sarah said...

I'm enjoying watching your process of experimentation, but wow! So much patience you have, and so methodical! Good stuff is sure to come out of this experimentation.

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks for the encouragement. There are so many variables that I want to try ... I think at this point I'm realizing that I need to abandon the large scale, multiple item tests and try one object at a time so it can be properly weighted to maximize contact with the cloth.

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

O, eeeeeeeeeee, the Decorative Plate !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
YES!!! i was able to do that only once....something like it....with using a clamped top and
bottom of an oval sardine can.....LOVE the shape...it went into an altar cloth that Cindy has.
I love your thoughtfull purposefullness. This is great to watch and i think you are right, above,
smaller tests. Am staying tuned for sure

Liz Ackert said...

I love playing to an audience ... the ultimate ham

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

the results are Absolutely Fabulous!!!!!

Liz Ackert said...

I'm delighted ... and since the resulting images are somewhat large, I'm looking forward to using them in a table runner.