We’re crazy for rusted metal. We love the intentionally-rusted corton steel planters used at the High Line have amassed a strangely beautiful collection of pieces we’ve found in our wanderings, like the three-sided forms we use as book or artwork stands. So we were smitten when we saw images of this very modern house designed by Blank Studio, with its juxtaposition of rusted corrugated metal and plexiglass. It made us run to look up how to intentionally rust corrugated metal (which you can do using photo acid and other methods).
It gave us some ideas for the ancient garden chair we’ve set out on the terrace to see what would happen if we let it rust, intentionally.
Years ago, we spent hours stripping green enamel off that chair until we got it down to the raw steel and and it took on an oddly modern sculptural look. It WANTED to rust whenever it was humid, but we prevented it by waxing it occasionally. Now we’ve decided to let it do its thing, and see if we can achieve a patina that will give the chair an other look (perhaps sans arms). Here’s the progress so far:
We have no idea how long it will take, or even if it will work. It may surprise us with some wonderful corrosion…Stay tuned for reports of our rust-in-process
via Japanese Trash
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