Interlude- Rust dyeing

From all the printing I've been experimenting with, Rust printing (rust dyeing) is one of my favourites - as I love the organic & suprising nature to the results.

Here's my first samples. Dyed with a vinegar / water solution on cotton, using a chain, hinge, picture hooks, screws, keys and wire.

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I also did samples of using both (all left for 2 days) to see the difference in results - although I forgot to use white vinegar, so the samples came out vinegar orange. The vinegar came out a strong colour, than the salt - although smells much more!
  • vinegar & water (50:50) solution
  • salt (1 tbsp salt:1 pt water) solution
  • both cotton and silk
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Notes: Spary / don't soak too much & make sure fabric gets air.

Further information

Book: Fabric Art Workshop
A RUST PRINT is a type of monoprint that uses rust (Iron Oxide) to make a mark on fabric. Items are placed on (or wrapped around) fabric, then the metal is encouraged to rust by exposing it to a moist environment of water, salt, or acid (vinegar). The five variables that affect the final look of these prints are; Metal, Moisture, Fabric, Pressure and Time.

Natural fabrics (cotton & silk) work best. Wash the dyed fabric in a washing machine with a capful of Synthrapol (a detergent that holds excess dye molecules in suspension) before using it.

This guy makes beautiful rust prints www.rustprints.com/butterflies.html (clamped under pressure in a press to get a more even result)

6 comments:

  1. I so love your rust dyeing, it's really lovely, I must find the time to get around to trying this. I've been reading India Flint and I'm crazy about all the 'natural' methods of dyeing :)

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  2. Thank you - I love the way the patterns are completely unexpected.

    I've just read one of India's books too. I've currently got some fabric brewing (not sure the technical term) - one ecoprint (leaf prints) that needs a few weeks and one in the compost - that's been in there a few months, and I'll take out February time (if I can wait that long!) They are my first attempts, so not sure what to expect.

    Have you done any natural prints?

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  3. Hi Sarah, I am just trying some rust dyeing and thought I would google 'rust dyeing' and wonderful, there you are. I too am an OCA Student doing the Textiles degree, I've really only just started and still with 'The Creative Approach', I suspect you are way ahead? My fabrics are at this moment in a solution of Iron Mordant, Bleach, Vinegar and water with rusty objects folded and wrapped and placed upon the fabrics. I left the rusty objects in the solution overnight, and this morning put the fabric in etc. But I have a feeling I am doing something wrong and maybe the fabric does not need to be immersed in the solution? I love the marks you have achieved with you rust dyeing. Rosie

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  4. Hi Rosie.

    I'm just finished assignment 3 ... so not far ahead of you! Do you have a blog .... I love to follow everyone else's blogs - so inspiring!

    I've never read any books (although have had my eye on these for ages! http://www.kbaxterpackwood.com/e-Books.htm) about it, but from experience the best rust prints come out when the fabric is completely touching the rusty objects. I also found that its good to keep the fabric damp, but not completely immersed in the solution ... maybe it needs air?

    Have fun. Sarah

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  5. Joe Alden Gibson11 April 2012 at 23:00

    Hi Sarah I have tried doing my own rust prints after reading your blog, I have a question about your advice on using syranthrapol, this is going to sound stupid but do you mean use it on the fabric before or after rust dyeing it ?

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  6. Hi Joe,

    I've never used syranthrapol, I just use water and vinegar (I've found the distilled vinegar is best, as it's white and doesn't colour the fabric).

    Sarah

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