A few days ago my friend Grace gave me some tools which had unfortunately become rusty. She found it very amusing that I should want to take these things home rather than throw them away!
There are some lovely shapes amongst these old tools, triangular rasps, hacksaw blades, hinges, screwdrivers, bolts, jubilee clips.
On a sunny day last week I wrapped various fabrics around selections of the tools and soaked them in a 50/50 ish solution of water and white vinegar and put them into plastic bags to 'cook'. It didn't take too long for the rust to appear on the fabric but I left it until the following morning to rinse the vinegar water away. You can see the results below,
I think this is a type of polyester material, it is very soft and has taken the rust beautifully.
You can see the marks of the pliers on this cotton.
This is my favourite piece, actually it is the reverse side and the marks are lovely.
The next question is what to make with it! Some dottee dolls maybe?