Sometimes simple things, like rusty and old objects intrigue me. I love the reddish-brown coating that forms on the surface of iron when exposed to moisture and oxygen in the air, causing it to rust. I find them in various places; junkyard, thrift stores, or from friend’s throwaways.
I already have a small collection in the garden. Some I displayed alongside with my plants and flowers in the garden. It serves two purposes for me–one is I want it to rust even more, and secondly, they make a nice garden decorations.
This silk scarf was made by first soaking the silk fabric in vinegar, then rusty objects were inserted between the concertina folds of the fabric. Next, I bound it tightly with wires and strings before I put inside a container of my ready-made dye solution of (cochineal/madder). I left it to soak until the fabric has completely absorbed most of the dye. Then I removed the bundle and placed it in a plastic bag and left it out in the sun to rust further.
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