So, if you've been following me for any time at all, you know I have the attention span of a gnat and I want to try EVERYTHING. I can't help it - I'm an Aries. My latest adventure involved Modern Masters Iron Paint and Rust Activator:
It says to use primer if you're using it on wood or metals and I'm always a "read and follow instructions" type of gal... OK, maybe not so much, but I did at least read this far in the directions, so I bought the primer, the iron paint and the rust activator. And a few disposable foam brushes. They also have other paints (copper and brass maybe?) and patina activators, but I went for rust. It says you can use it on anything, so I chose some victims:
I found a seashell and some wooden beads, a couple of cameos, a pair of old earrings, some odd tin star brooch, a metal clay (maybe?) heart, and some random plastic/resin pieces. I gave everybody a coating of primer, just to be on the safe side.
The directions said to let the primer dry for 12 hours. Huh. There is no project in my world where I wait for 12 hours. I did wait an hour or so - it was really hot and sunny outside, so I figured that was good enough. Besides, I was dying to get to the good part, so I brushed on the iron paint. Here's how Mr. Monkey looked at that point:
This part didn't take long to dry. They suggested an hour, but mine was dry after only about half an hour. You can put the activator on with a brush or a sponge, or you can spray it on. I settled for a sponge brush, because that's what I had handy. After a short wait:
Way cool! So I brushed a good coat of the activator on everything before I went to bed. I let it pool in places and didn't even try to be neat about it. The next morning was like Christmas - the anticipation as I went out to see what I'd ended up with - I felt like a kid again! And this is what I found:
Some pieces seemed to rust more than others and I'm not sure why. I did also lose some of the rusty color when I sprayed it with sealer, but I really thought that was necessary - can't have folks getting rust stains on their clothing from my jewelry, now can we? But those pieces just needed something, so I got out my Gilders' Paste and rubbed a bit here and a bit there:
Most of the colors of paste I had on hand didn't show up much. The only one I was happy with was the teal blue, but it sure is pretty on the flower, isn't it!
I think this was a very successful experiment and I've got lots of fun pieces. Now I just have to figure out what to make with them!
|Cameo before & after rust technique|