Developing New Techniques – How to Create a Rust Effect

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One of my favourite aspects of being an artist is experimenting with different materials, learning about what effects can be created, and developing and discovering new ways of creating art that changes its look over time.

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the advice is – “you need to find somewhere with one these, most engineering dept’s have, called a Donkey Saw, put a block of steel in it cut, cut, cut, cut, cut, cut until you have a pile of steel dust.”

Most recently the effect of rust has intrigued me, and is something I want to include in future works.  At first I explored ways in which I could recreate the look of rust in my work without using paint.  Mixing paint and iron filings added some great texture and colours to my artwork, but the colour wasn’t quite as bright as I wanted.  In my search for achieving the desired results, I came to approach an experienced artist from my studio, as well as a film special effects expert.  I discovered that using steel core ten in my work would help.  This is now the material I will be using in my next collection of work.

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one of my early attempts using thread

Another technique I have been experimenting with is trying to float copper wire over the new works in the hope that they will decay and change with time.  This started with using thread first to see the affects and then the idea developed slowly into copper.  The issues I found were that the bigger the canvas, the wire became weak and would snap.  I found that trying thicker wire didn’t solve the problem, as it isn’t malleable enough to achieve the desired look.  I have discussed ways of getting around this with an architect friend of mine and an art lecturer, and think that I now have come up with a suitable alternative.  Watch this space to find out more (if it works)!!

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