Sunday, December 12, 2010

Rusty Technique


I've had several inquiries about making rusty bells and pins...so here you go.  There are lots of different techniques out there, but this seems to be the least volatile.  It is easily made with items from your cupboard and easily disposed of.

1.  Put your bells/pins in a large glass jar (I use a 1/2 gallon size mason jar.)  Do not fill more than halfway.  Pour in regular household bleach to cover.  Let sit at least 24 hours.  Discard bleach down any drain.

2.  Cover bells/pins with apple cider vinegar and a good dose of salt (a couple Tbsp.)  Let sit for at least 24 hours.  Discard cider down any drain.  Allow to air dry at least 24 hours.  For the air-drying, I used an old pizza box with a few layers of newspaper.

There you go.  Happy Rusting!

11 comments:

Harmien said...

Used up nearly all my store-bought rusty bells, so this is a great tute!!! Thank you!!

Melanie said...

Brilliant!!!!!!

Robin-Samplerbird said...

I had just about given up on creating any of those wonderful rusty embellishments, so I was thrilled to see your recipe. Love that it isn't dangerous...and that I have all the ingredients on hand to make a few. Thank you for sharing!!!!

Melissa said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I've been wanting find some of these for a long time. Now I'll be able to.

Thanks again!!!

Faye said...

You are a genious~~~ I cannot wait to try this....(and get those you send me!! Thanks again SO much!) Faye

Roberta said...

This is great, thank you so much will definitely do this.

Enjoy the season.

jill said...

Thank you so much - will definitely make some after Christmas.

KarenV said...

Thanks Staci! I just bought some rusty bells, but this will be great for future reference.

Vonna said...

I've used this before myself....works great!

Berit said...

Ehuf! Bleach, eh? >_>

IDK if I'm brave enough for such a thing--but thanks so much for the tutorial!

Love your ornament finishes from last time! :D

Esther Bears said...

Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial of how to make those rusty bells and pins :)
Will sure to try some out.