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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

More Rust Bits

Yesterday, I posted the first day of the rust process.
Today they were dry and the results are shown below,
including a curious kitty!
The rust was yellowish, with some black patches.
and the fabric was very stiff (salt, maybe??).
It was also black and stiff around the edges.

Second piece, on a different rug!

After rinsing and ironing, this is the result.

This is the long narrow piece that was in the dutch oven lid,

and all of the black has washed out.

The rust migrated, and I lost the yellow cast and most of the black from the tin can lids (in the bottom right corner on both pieces). I love the stripe in the left of the piece above

This is the second layer, and is more washed out. You can still see the tin can lids in the bottom right hand corner, and some of the more yellow cast to the rust.

All in all, I think that I prefer to just use water instead of the vinegar and salt. I may try with only vinegar, and then only salt, instead of both.

Monday, September 29, 2008

More Rusty Bits

After discussions on the Rust list yahoo group that I belong to, I am trying this rusty technique. I have an old large cafteria tray, with fabric layered with Rusty Bits, covered in vinegar and with water softener salt added. We will see what happens...

This is the lid for my dutch oven, and I added vinegar to see the rust results!

Don't you love my outdoor rug (you can see it in this pic...)

It is made from recycled milk jugs!

I spent Sunday finishing up two pieces for the First Unitarian Member show that opens on October 19th. Will post pictures after the show opens.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Ok, I can be rather pendantic on my liberal leanings, so here goes some leveling:


If you have not noticed, I am in an art drought! So I am fudging here. Won't have any time to do art until Sunday Afternoon, but I plan on doing art all afternoon and evening

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Lazy week this week, and very little art!

Two very rare pictures of my cats in the same room....
Baby Cakes is the Maine Coon and Fuzzy Bucket is the black cat.
My window cats in front of the stained glass
by my favorite stained glass guy Jon

Fools Gold 2

Stash from an artist's estate sale last Saturday.
I JUST missed buying a Standing floor lamp Ott light for $10!
I could have KICKED myself!
Got all of this Loot for $16
I have been lazy this week, had a very hard week due to a
JERK at work, so I have just been coming home and vegging out.
I have two more Fools Gold pieces (#3 and #4) started.
I am going to Dallas for the weekend and will probably
take them with me to work on, but maybe not!
I have not even rusted anything in 3 days!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

More Rusty Bits

Don't know if you can see the halloween/jack o'lantern in this...
This is off of the gear

this small piece was wrapped aroung baling wire (texas term for flexible wire), I am disappointed that it did not transfer better.

This is all from my rusty bits acquired over labor day. Flakes of a 55 gallon drum, the two mechanical round pieces, and the baling wire. It sat for two days and on the second day I added water and vinegar. I think that the vinegar is what caused the very orange color (it is much more orange than my camera made it)- I will have to invest in a good small camera before my trip to Egypt next March.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Message in a Bottle

This sounds like an intersting thing to do. I signed up!
Just double click on the bottle.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

UGH! Disgusting!!!

Rusted Washers
results from the rusty bits I picked up over Labor Day

This was wrapped around the gear thingy (see previous posts)

This is the brake rotor(??) (Purple is from my camera, it is really on Muslin!)
I think it is time for a new camera

This is the disgusting part....
Cheesecloth, still damp

Unofrtunatley, when it dried it resembles bandages with dried body fluids!

Don't think that I will be using this in anything, but you never know.

I also tried rusting some polyester batting, and that did not work either!

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

More petroglyphs

Great zig-zag pattern

A bird

Great design

Ok, this will be all of the petroglyphs!
But there is definitely a petroglyph quilt in the making

Monday, September 08, 2008

Rusty Bits

I went (deliberately) out in the field at my nephew's 40 acres of land over Labor Day. I found these rusty bits (some of which I do not know what they are??) The small pieces are the remains of a "burn barrel" which is a 55 gallon drum that my Mother used to burn her trash in. Between the fire and the water, it is breaking into little bits. I will definitely revisit this, as the longer it sits the more rusty it gets!

Now back to my petroglyph photos:
spiral and dots

Leaf (?)


Mountain Goat

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Color Test

Just had to share this, I got it off of Quiltart. Great site, even though I iwll not tell you what my score was! I want to try this on my super-duper high res monitor at work tomorrow and see if I do any better!

Color test


Google had me locked out, said that I did not have cookies enabled, which I did. I had to set up google as a trusted site, so it may have been a M$ thing.

More petroglyphs will be posted tomorrow.
Today I want to post a new piece, and some WIPs (Works in process)!

Fools Gold - Southwest is a fibre piece that I put into a show for

Rainbow Aritists at the Harwood Art Center

This piece sold! It is rusted muslin, muslin, rusted washers and thread.

Newest versions of Fools Gold

Thursday, September 04, 2008

More Petroglyphs

Various different forms, including one humanoid figure.

Circle with dots (a recurring theme)

A face



Bear Claw (another recurring theme)

Various glyphs
I was helped immeasurably by a book called
"Signs of Life ... Rock Art of the Upper Rio Grande"
by Dennis Slifer
I have had a petroglyph quilt bubbling in the back of my
mind for some time, and now think that I
have enough to at least get started.
More will follow tomorrow

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Labor Day Weekend

Took off Friday and Tuesday and had a great weekend! Not sure why these pics came out so purple, but here goes:

This is relatively rare for Southern New Mexico-standing water. We had a lot of rain over the weekend, and this is what was left at the Three Rivers Petroglyph site.

All of the above pictures were taken of my son David at the petroglyph site. More petroglyphs will follow on later days.

Mother and David at home relaxing.

My great niece Amber is saying goodbye to a tiny (about 1" long) Horney Toad that they found. She wanted to keep it, but was finaly convinced to let it go (did you know that horney toads eat ants and crickets?). She is tearfully saying goodbye, even though the critter was discovered again in a few minutes at another location. Horney toads used to abound in the desert around Tularosa (my sone David, and Amber's Daddy Dennis used to spend hours catching them) but pesiticides have decimated the population that finding one is pretty rare now.