Inspiration – Rust Powder

Powertex offers a wide range of products to use with their medium. I love rust powder.

I am not known for being a patient crafter, if you give me a product,  tell me I need to squirt it with vinegar and water, and leave it for (at least) 24hrs… I would normally not be interested. But this is rust powder….

Rust Powder works best on light colours, I find ivory gives you a grungy urban feel.

Whereas as yellow give you a warmer copper base.

Steps to using Rust Powder 

  1. Cover your base item with a coat of Powertex, light colours work best. In this article, I have used MDF, stone art and Heartysoft clays. Polystyrene and canvas also works.
  2. Mix Powertex 3D Sand, Rust Powder and a couple of squirts of distilled vingar in to the same colour Powertex to make a slightly runny paste.
  3. Spread the paste over the base.
  4. Sprinkle on more rust power and squirt on a 50:50 mixture of water and distilled vinegar. You need enough so it pools slightly.
  5. Wait at least 24hrs… you want to give a light spritz at this time.
  6. Enjoy the emerging colours.

Although the powder feels heavy in the pot, you use so little of the powder it doesn’t add any additional weight to the project.

Rust powder is very versatile, what will you create?

Emma W