What happens when you find a stash of safety pins? What do you do with them?
Had just make a rope and wool yarn bowl for a birthday present.
I enjoyed making the bowl. A nice break from making wall pieces. I wrapped rope with cream wool yarn so the cotton rope would not peek through.
Formed the bowl by binding it with cream wool. Added additional binding in cream, gray, and brown. It is code for the person’s name and their date of birth.
Back to the safety pins–I decided to make I-cords, full them, and then pin them together to make a bowl. I pinned the cream wool I-cord together and took it apart 3 times. Just couldn’t get it quite right.
While I was working on putting the cream bowl together and taking it apart, I made two smaller pieces.
The I-cord is made of gray and cream wool yarn.
The exterior of the bowl.
Then I flipped it inside out.
I tried the same process using two kinds of brown wool yarn.
Exterior of the bowl.
Flipped inside out.
Flipping the bowl inside out was the solution. After finishing the pinning of the cream bowl, I flipped it inside out.
Once the bowl is aged and then stiffened I think it will be done.
How to age the bowls?
Test 1 Rust Promoter
4.0 parts white vinegar
1.0 part peroxide
.5 part salt
1 Tablespoon epsom salt in boiling water. Submerged the piece. Then added another tablespoon of epsom salt.
This really did not work. It seems to have cleaned the oxidation off of the safety pins. The result brought to mind the ugly surface of silicon bronze when it is sandblasted.
Rust and bleeding onto the wool is definitely necessary.
When I finish adding some age to the bowls, I will most likely add an application of faux beeswax. Adding an all over application tends to help integrate the materials.
After the wax is applied a heat gun can be used. With some wax a hair dryer can be hot enough. It takes longer but, it is worth it to keep the integrity of the wool. I have found that microcrystalline wax requires a higher temperature and the wool can appear plastic.
I have attempted making cold wax, but still need to heat the piece to smooth out thick areas.
Rust Promoter Formula
It occurred to me that I did not give credit to the person who posted the rust promoter formula. I found the formula several years ago. I looked through my notes and sketchbooks, but I could not find reference to the formula or the fellow’s name. He made beautiful bells and used the rust promoter to give the appearance of age.
While writing this post, I googled bells and rust promoter, but did not find his site. When I find it, I will post a link.