All that Glitters is Not Gold - Wm Shakespeare
Sometimes we want things to have signs of wear and tear; the patina of age. We rummage through second hand shops and bake or freeze at farm auctions just to find a rusty old bucket. The minute we see one, the wheels start turning! How fabulous this will look with ???? tucked inside.
If you aren't lucky enough to find one, don't despair. You can age a new galvanized pail and turn that vision into a reality! I found a shiny, new galvanized bucket at Dollarama for $2. It measured 9" tall and 9" across the top, a nice size to hold a small Christmas tree. Galvanized metal is steel with a thin layer of zinc oxide on top. I just (google) know these things!
But, it was soooo shiny! -
Since I was on the phone with my Internet/Cell Phone provider for the longest call in history (1:30 to 5:10!!!), I had time to complete the aging process (both on the bucket and myself). I graciously accepted the rep's compliment that I was the nicest customer ever because I hadn't raised my voice once. Was there really any need to tell her I was doing a craft the whole time?
Galvanized metal reacts to vinegar and an oxidization process starts. This will also work on silverplate. Vinegar doesn't hurt stainless steel so I did this in my kitchen sink. I put about two inches of vinegar in the sink and lay the bucket down in it. I rotated the bucket every half hour or so. The longer a section is in the vinegar, the more it ages.
I'm liking the streaky effect and won't try to even this out -
My blogging friend Wendy at HerBallistic Garden suggested I stop taking pics on my stove but it's often the only good light I can find here. Her site is listed on my side bar. Pop on over and give her a boo. Don't tell her I took another stove pic though. Shhh -
The wheels are turning! Heaven only knows what I can make the next time my Internet and Blackberry go down and I have to talk to customer service!
Posted by Maureen on It's All Connected, Thursday, October 20, 2011
Maureen's posting of this bucket was featured by At the Picket Fence on Inspiration Friday and Shabby Love as well! You go Maureen! Thanks for helping me out with this awesome tutorial!
I'll be back talking to you all on Monday!