Thursday, October 2, 2008

Rusted Mermaids, I love instant Gratification!

I have worked for three days reading about how to create RUST!! I am shocked at the number of sites that discuss how to create rust! It is a very interesting feels a little like a Junior High Science fair project. First, you have to burn the Zinc coating off the galvanized steel. I did this using muriatic acid. It smelled awful, but I was gloved up and wore a mask and glasses. It was a little scary, but it certainly was effective. Then I washed it off and sprinkled it with table salt and Clorox. Who Knew?? I left it over night and then sprayed some peroxide on it, as per instructions. I was mesmerized by the whole process. I had to drag myself away because I am... "Instant Gratification Girl" and the whole thing started rusting right before my eyes.


The Quintessential Magpie (Sheila) said...

Hey there, Instant Gratification Girl!

If you want to try and see what sea air might do to one of your creations, I volunteer to put one on the balcony of the St. Augustine place and see what happens.

In the mean time, I hope to see you along with the Blakester on the 30th. Be there or be square! ;-)


kim said...

if you want one you've got it. You know you will always hold the spot as the first one to buy a mermaid!!! Look forward to seeing you.

The Quintessential Magpie (Sheila) said...

I look forward to seeing you, too!

I've kind of got a "hankering" for that starfish. What are its dimensions, Kim? I guess it's kind of silly to get one for a house we're selling, but it doesn't hurt to "look," right? ;-)

Kim said...

Hey Shebaby,
I have two starfish that are 15 inches wide and 12 in. high approx. I also have one that is 11 in. wide and 7 in. high. They are all in various stages of rusting. I will try to post pixs this weekend. They are cute and very rustic.