Monday, October 4, 2010

Rust Dyeing Fabric

This past week I invited two friends over to learn how to rust dye fabric.  We used rusted wire, motorcycle sprockets, nails and something square.  First wet the fabric with water, then spray with a mixture of vinegar and water.  Wait at least 24 hours for the rusting magic to occur.

Ameba Grass

 Four Squares a Day

This fabric is called Foggy Mornings.  It was created by rusting and then adding tea (tannin) to the iron oxide .  This created a mordant that turned the fabric black.  It was like doing a chemistry experiment.