Rust Dyeing Process
More information on rust dyeing is also included in the book Quetico: An Artist's Experience: Book 1.
In May of 2010 textile artist Jean M. Judd decided to try a new process for applying rust pigmentation to some of her hand dyed fabrics: "I took a large piece of freezer paper, folded it, and cut out two abstract designs. I ironed it onto a piece of hand dyed fabric leaving a space between the two so I can cut them apart and use them separately for two new art quilts."
Here I am sprinkling the iron filings onto the freezer paper. I have taped shut all but three of the holes on the bottle so I can control how much of the iron filings are put on the paper.
This image shows the iron filings and salt sprinkled onto the freezer paper.
This is the first application of water to the paper. I will come back at regular intervals throughout the day and rewet the fabric using the spray bottle.
This image shows the iron filings starting to rust both on the paper and on the hand dyed fabric. This is just a couple of hours into the process.
The application process is complete at this point and I am removing the freezer paper from the fabric. I did put the freezer paper into a large flat plastic bag and will try to reuse it again on a future rust dyeing experiment.