I love the look of rusted metal………….not sure why?  Maybe it is because  it means that piece has been around awhile…………..stood the test of time. Maybe because it reminds me of  someone that lived a time ago. Maybe because I love the aging process…………aged naturally. I have tons of rusted tools decorating my home and outside in the gardens. I especially love rusted milk cans, milk strainers and old buckets………yea, they do not hold liquid anymore but look good!

There is several ways to rust something but The method I am about to demonstrate is the easiest and quickest way. It takes me two days to rust soda cans and other pieces of metal. I only get to scrap in the evening, so I will apply the glue and powder then.

You will need: scissors(I use Fiscars Amplify for mixed media), Sizzix and the thick dies, exacto knife, softer paint brush, Rusting powder by Dusty Attic, spray bottle of regular vinegar, a catch tray or piece of paper to catch the powder and  decoupage glue.

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1.)Cut clean soda or beer cans using the exacto knife or scissors. You want to cut off the top and bottom. Discard both ends.

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2.) Wipe the inside and outside well to clean all surfaces. I use heavy duty baby wipes. BE CAREFUL WHEN HANDLING CUT METAL…………YOU CAN GET CUT!!!!!! Cut the piece of metal with the Sizzix or by hand to make your shapes.

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3.) Lightly sand the side you are going to rust. You want to just scratch the surface. Wipe down the surface again.

Screen shot 2015-02-03 at 7.30.19 AM     4.)Paint the sanded side with glue…………..covering the entire piece with a thick layer. I found that a softer paintbrush will not leave streaks on sanded metal.

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5.) Immediately sprinkle the piece with the rusting powder………covering the piece completely. Turn over the piece and gently tap to let extra powder to fall off.

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6.) Now spray the piece with vinegar. Be generous. Let set to dry. Within fifteen minutes, you will start to see the rusting effect take place. Let this dry for several hours.

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7.) After it has dried, seal the piece again with the decoupage glue. Let set till dry. You can now embellish it or use it as is on your work of art.

Screen shot 2015-02-03 at 7.32.21 AM       Here are some examples of the rusted pieces, I have made and used. The left LO has rusted hearts and the swirl is rusted. The swirl is chipboard. On the right LO, I used rusted stars and swirl………the swirl is also chipboard. I attach the rusted metal pieces with pop dots or Aleene’s No Sew, Tombow and Glossy Accents.

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If you have any questions………..feel free to get a hold of me!

Thank you for visiting my blog to learn a new technique! Have a great day!!!

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7 thoughts on “RUSTING METAL

  1. What a great technique and it adds such texture to your layouts. Awesome!

  2. Fantastic layouts. What a great technique. Thanks for sharing. BL

  3. Love your post. Thanks for sharing the instructions. Your layouts are great! BL

  4. nicolestark

    Thanks so much for sharing your technique, it adds such a great layer to your layout.

  5. WOW that is so amazing I had no idea this was available Thank you for the tutorial I love it!! Your projects are stunning!

  6. Great tips. BL

  7. Thanks, Robyn! I love how you show it on both metal and chipboard. Now I want some! 🙂

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