Sunday, February 20, 2011

Rust Effects

Er...H..hello there, Friends

My husband has a saying, "You smile like a dog who had just pooped in the bedroom."
Well, thats me today...guilty smile.
I am so guilty of neglecting all my faithful followers and readers. So,so sorry people. What can I say? This is not a Dear Abby corner, so I will stick with: Please forgive me and I hope I can get back to doing and blogging about it regularly again.

Today I want to show you some cool rust effects. I am not talking about the little kit of paint we buy at the craft store and then use normal rust colored paint to make something look rusty.
This stuff is the real deal.

It is made by Modern Masters and is called Reactive Metallic Paints .(Feel free to let them know I am advertising for them for free).

These paints are water based and contain real metal particles. They will tarnish naturally over time and when exposed to the elements.
But, if you are impatient like me, you can get the activator solution and apply it over the wet paint, and have the effect within 20 to 30 minutes.
The activator will react with the real metal particles in the paints, thus speeding up the oxidation process.
So, this is what  I did with it....

Don't know what you call those "indent" thingies, but I rusted mine.  :)

The base paint is black, with real iron particles in. Then, if you apply the activator over it, the iron particles start to rust. I wanted the effect of water that leaked and caused rust, so I applied the activator so that it ran down .The activator is runny, like water, so if you don't want this effect, you can use a sponge to apply it.

You get a protective coat to apply over the oxidized metal finish, minimizing any further corrosion, and  to create a weather resistant barrier, but I found that it darkened the color, and made it look less natural, so I'm taking my chances.

The more common use for it is on outdoor plant containers and ornaments, like this:

 I got this generic plant container at a garage sale for two dollars, and transformed it into something I love.
Again, I want it to go on rusting and tarnishing over time, so I did not put a top coat on.  

But then, of course, I was on a roll and could not stop myself... I just had to paint this wrought iron table's base , too. 
This is outside by the BBQ, so it, too, will tarnish more and more over time. Untill I get tired of it and paint over it, of course.

Well, that's it for now!

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  1. This is really cool, I had no idea you go do that! Love your wall!

  2. that looks great on your wall love it
    were the products very expensive

  3. This looks amazing. I will have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Suzanne- Wow~ I have heard about this product but did not know who made it or what it was called. LOVE what you did with it. Thanks for the info...and I'm glad you are DIDN'T poop in the bedroom though, did you?.) Hugs- Diana

  5. Love that plant container, looks awesome!

  6. Wow! That is some cool stuff. I love what you have done here!

  7. I have always loved the look fo your wall cut out. It makes me look forward to moving again so we can live somewhere I can paint and do things like that.

  8. LOVE the rusty effects. Gotta try this and soon.

  9. Wow...thanks for sharing. I'm going to have to try this on a new project. (like I need more!)I found you from Skip to My Lou. I would love for you to check out my blog!


  10. I have been doing my own rusting for years so this is grrrrreat news. Thanks for the tip and have a wonderful day. xoxo P.S. I love the way the wall thingie turned out.

  11. Rust in peace, hahah! I really like this project, hope to try it out on something when it warms up,

  12. Really! I have not heard of this glorious product and can't wait to give it a try! Where did you find it? Thanks for sharing!

  13. I have heard of Modern Masters products....I was thinking I would love something like this..just the other day.....thanks for sharing!

  14. I can remember not long ago where we would never buy anything with rust on it. Now it's all the decorating rage.

    I like the outdoor flower pot.

    You listen and someone ( should say someone who doesn't do rust) (also someone in my family)will comment on how rusty it is and needs cleaned up to look good LOL



  15. Thanks for posting this. Working on a project for a school art project and want to make it look rusted. This is perfect!

    Also, for everyone asking where its available, if you go to you can put in your locaiton and it finds retailers near you. I'll be getting mine at a place called Factory Paint.


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