Have any of yall used this stuff? What an inspiring idea! I think this is in my range of abilities! Usually I’m trying to remove rust stains now I can just add more!! This woman is a genius!! Visit her blog or her store to see more pictures of quilts made using these techniques!

Friday, July 23, 2010


Here in my technique for instant rust.

1. Push gel medium through a stencil with a putty knife.

I like to use Earth Safe Finishes Gel Medium because it has no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). You can read more about VOC on this page:

2. Sprinkle on iron filings to cover the gel medium.

3. Get the excess filings back into the container but funneling them in with a folded piece of paper.

4. When the gel medium is completely dry, (I like to wait until the next day), spray it with straight vinegar. Keep it moist by respraying it.

5. With in 3-4 hours the iron filings will turn the color of rust. (They are gray to start with.) The vinegar will make an iron liquor that will dye the background rust color.

The shirt above and the ginkgo leaves below were made with stencils from The Crafters Workshop. The shirt was made using a stencil called Capricious, one of their 12″ x 12″ stencils.

The ginkgo leaves are made from one of their 6″ x 6″ stencils.

via Rust-Tex.



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4 responses to “Rust-Tex

  1. jennyklyon

    Ooo-I want to see what you’re going to do with this!


  2. Thanks for posting!!! And like fabric comes to those who quilt, rusty stuff come to those who rust dye. My neighbors leave me stuff all the time. Even polyester double knit can be rust dyed.


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