Monday, February 28, 2011

Rusty Rave Monday - Accelerated Aging

How perfectly appropriate for a "Rusty Rave"...making things rusty!

Last week I blogged about this die cast metal bird bath that I found at Goodwill. I forgot to take a before photo, but in your mind, just picture it plain white. Of course, I had to make it look rust-covered and aged, so I went online and found a rapid, and super easy process to do the job!

First, you will need to rough it up a bit with sandpaper to get through to the metal. A lot of people, I think, use salt water which takes forever on its own. You need an oxidizer to speed up the task, so, in order to achieve a uniform, thick rust quickly (seriously, like, 5 minutes or less), mix up a batch of the following:

half part hydrogen peroxide (drugstore grade is fine), half part vinegar, and a pinch of salt (I mixed it in a spray bottle and sprayed it on!)

The method is, uhm, rather fast, because of the chemical reaction that is created. It was suggested that you spray a coat of lacquer when it's dry, so I guess you could, but I didn't. I want it to look like it's been weathered and mistreated!

When I saw how well it worked, I "shabbied" up some other items in my home!

Pretty cool, huh? Painless evolution!!

Now go make your own "Rusty Raves"!