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Rust Dyed Fabric - Lampshade

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3 Days

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.
rust dyed fabric lampshade
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.
rust dyed fabric lampshade
The process can take between 1-3 days for the rust to form.
rust dyed fabric lampshade
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.
rust dyed fabric lampshade
Using a lampshade making kit found on Amazon I created a lampshade - more detailsfor how to make the lampshade are in my blog post.
rust dyed fabric lampshade
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.
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Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


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  • Patti
    on Mar 12, 2018

    🤔You do realize you’re going to put all the stain remover companies out of business ... don’t you ?!?! 🙄

  • Patti
    on Mar 12, 2018

    🤔You do realize you’re going to put all the stain remover companies out of business ... don’t you ?!?! 🙄

  • Scafool
    on Jan 28, 2019

    I know rust and tannic acid is used to stain oak wood black and to make a type of black ink. What happens if you rinse the rust stained fabric with tea or another source of tannic acid? Do you get a light tea stain over all and black where it was rusted?

    • Bridget West
      on Feb 8, 2019

      I have tea stained many times but never with rust added into the mixture. It sounds fun... just gotta make an excuse to try it😉

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  • Patty
    on Jan 30, 2019

    I actually like the way it looks on the lamp shade. Didn't look that great off. Good idea!

  • Donna
    on Feb 7, 2019

    Like it

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