Rust and Tea

Having lots of fun playing with rusting fabric using tea!  I first had to find lots of rusty nails and washers – and made a huge pot of tea.  I tried out the process on paper first – paint the paper with tea – then place the nails and washers etc onto the paper (I used a plastic tray) then I covered this with a plastic bag and left overnight.  The next morning, took the plastic bag off and left the rusting to dry out slowly.

Rusting on paper.

Some very interesting results!  Its so good to play and experiment when you have time!!

Some results using fabric below – I just laid the fabric in the plastic tray like the paper and put the nails and washers on top.

I also used some wire wool which gave good results.  Now need to do some searching for more objects to rust.

You can also wind the dry material around a large nail and bind with cotton or string.  Will try this later.

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1 thought on “Rust and Tea

  1. Very interesting results. I particularly like the fabric in the bottom left picture.
    I’m enthralled by rust dyeing myself, but haven’t tried much of it yet. Hadn’t heard about using it on paper. I’ll have to give that a try too. (:


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