Which Soaking Solution To Use
- The plain solution
- With this solution, you end up with a less rusted background. So if you start with white fabric, you will have a lot of white background.
- Rusty water solution
- Soaking your fabric in this solution will give you a rusty colored background. How rusty depends on your solution. The more rusted your solution, the more rusted the background
- Start by soaking your fabric in one of the solutions, making sure it is completely wet.
- Wring out the fabric, but leave some moisture in it.
- Spread out the fabric on the tray. Here I am using an industrial size cookie tray
- For more added texture, scrunch up the fabric a little
- Arrange the flat rusty items on the fabric. You can arrange them in a random fashion
- Or be more deliberate in the placement, trying to create a pictorial scene
- Spray with the vinegar and water solution
- Layer another piece of fabric on top of this
- Add more rusty items
- Continue layering fabric and rusty items until you have as many layers as you want, finishing off with a layer of fabric.
- You can use items that are not completely flat, but you get the best results with flat items. You want to have good contact between the fabric and the rusty items.
- Cover it all with plastic. If it is small enough, slip it inside a plastic bag.
- Remove as much air as possible and weight the plastic down to prevent the fabric from drying out.
- The heat
- The humidity
- The weight of your fabric
- The rusty item itself