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Rust Dyed Fabric - Lampshade

A few months back I had great fun playing with rusty nails, bits and pieces of rusty metal found on the beach and fabric. Rust placed on wet fabric gradually dyes rust colours.
Time: 3 Days Cost: $20 Difficulty: Medium
The fabric is soaked in a solution of 50:50 water and white vinegar. Rust items are placed into the fabric, where the rust touches the fabric patterns will form. Alternatively you can wrap rust objects with the fabric.
The process can take between 1-3 days for the rust to form.
Having had fun with rusty nails, lumps of metal and washers creating a variety of patterns was then left wondering what to do with the fabric itself. Time passed.

I had a go at embroidering onto the fabric, adding embellishment to the fabric. But then wondered what to do with the embroidered fabric. After some thought I decided to make a lampshade, the back of the embroidery shone through the shade so I chose to work with just the rust fabric.
Using a lampshade making kit found on Amazon I created a lampshade - more detailsfor how to make the lampshade are in my blog post.
I am delighted with the result. If you fancy a go yourself but have no rust objects then you can atill be a go - find out here.
I would love to know what you would make with rust fabric.

Materials used for this project:

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  • Linda Sikut
    Linda Sikut Hamburg, NY
    5 days ago

    The rust fabric really did make a very unique lampshade. I was surprised that it turned out so well. Great job and thanks for sharing. From some of the responses below it seems I've left a bad impression. That was certainly not my intention. I was just surprised that a rusty nail & fabric could turn out so well. I thought Vicky did a great job.

    • Karen
      Karen East Hartford, CT

      I think it's a wonderful idea! I love discovering textures and color on fabric and find this fascinating. Thank you!

  • Kim murray
    Kim murray United Kingdom
    3 days ago

    Yes for sure it’s great!

  • Kattmeers1
    3 days ago

    Yes I will. Wouldn’t rusty keys make some great patterns on the material.

    • Michele Mcmahan
      Michele Mcmahan
      3 days ago

      was just about to send this to the trash pile....untill I saw your post about rusty keys! Brilliant! Thanks.

  • Connie Quine
    Connie Quine
    3 days ago

    It turned out beautifully! I see inspiration in your work, such as wall hangings or table runners, maybe even kitchen or bathroom curtains! I love this idea! Thanks for sharing it!

  • A1K9Koach
    3 days ago

    Definitely want to try this

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