it has been on my to-do-list for a loooooong time...
now that i recently cleaned my terrace shelves, i came across a plate on which i had collected rusty stuff over quite some time (years, actually).
and i gave it a try:
i put wet White Cotton on rusty plates and covered it with various rusty things like washers, clipiola (paper Clips), old flattened bottle caps etc... the fabric was Long, so i bent it to get 2 or three layers
i added a bit of salt and vinegar and put it aside on the terrace for 5 days.
then i un-wrapped it:
while wet the fabric was quite dark.
i did not dare to put it into the washing machine this way, so i soaked it in a bucket of water with soft Soap for a day. the water turned very Brown!! i poured it into the sink at the street.
then i washed the fabric in the machine (30°, Cotton program) with normal detergent.
it turned out lighter, but it is a look i like:
i think it might go together well with Indigo colored fabrics.
when dealing with the rust i put on gloves... i googled and most sites don´t give warnings, but on one site i found a note that one should be careful touching the rust directly. so i thought i might better be on the safe side...