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HOW TO MAKE hinges and other metal stuff RUSTY

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Blog entry by rivergirl posted 04-02-2011 07:10 PM 14951 reads 4 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently built a primitive cabinet with surface mounted hinges. The hinges were new and looked cheesy on the cabinet. I thought about painting the hinges black- but then decided to rust them instead. Rusting hinges and other metal parts for primitive furniture is EASY and QUICK.
2. Do not use a good pan. (Yes- I learned that the hard way today.) Soak your hinges etc in apple cider vinegar overnight.
3. The next day put equal parts liquid bleach and water in an OLD pan and put your parts in there. Heat to a low boil and simmer the parts for about 20-30 minutes. Don’t forget to throw in the hinge screws too. When the parts look rusty enough take them out, pat them dry and oil them with WD40 or something like that.
4. Wala- the hinges can be installed on your project. It is really easy and works really well. Just don’t use that fancy Emeril cookware. ;)

I will post before and after pics as soon as my camera battery recharges.

BEFORE PHOTO

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."



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patron

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#1 posted 04-02-2011 07:20 PM

are you sure about the cooking time
i have made hinge stew this way
but it never softens enough for me
i wind up feeding it to buddy
he chomps it right up
he does walk more like a girl though
his hips sway back and forth
for days after the stew
maybe i’ll try it with some corner braces sometime
and see if he walks like a sidewinder

thanks for the tip

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Dusty56

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#2 posted 04-02-2011 07:38 PM

Looking forward to the “after” pix : )

David LMAO

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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rivergirl

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#3 posted 04-02-2011 07:51 PM

David! Please don’t put clorox in your stew. Not even if you are going to feed it to the dog. :) Battery is still charging- then the pics.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#4 posted 04-02-2011 07:52 PM

That sounds like a good method for rusting metal. Over the years i have come across several way to do this and have some of my own tricks, it is so fun to play with different methods. Can’t wait to see the after. What are you going to seal them with?

-- donald mee

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#5 posted 04-02-2011 07:58 PM

Good tip, I would have thought to let them sit in salt water for a week.

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#6 posted 04-02-2011 07:58 PM

I just oiled them up- WD40. On primitive stuff no need to seal. Prim lovers like it all gross and rusty and grungy. In fact, they won’t buy it if it’s not. If it keeps on rusting, primitive lovers are happy happy happy.. Go figure? This was an easy effective method… no batteries and reverse charge etc. needed and just regular household chemicals. It is so easy.. and cheap.. (that’s my favorite part).

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 04-02-2011 08:09 PM

Kelly, You have just invented another method of browning like our ancestors used on kentucky rifles ;-)) A word of caution, WD-40 does not arrest the rustinig, but most any other oil will.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 04-02-2011 08:13 PM

Good tip Topa… and thanks for it. So- use some other oil. I used WD40 then olive oil (truth) LOL. Okay.. here’s the pics.. The red ones are the cabinet. The pics with a dark background (blue/black) are a blanket chest I am working on. Still have some finish/paint adding distressing to complete on that one.


-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#9 posted 04-02-2011 08:15 PM

The longer you leave your parts in the bleach water the rustier they get.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#10 posted 04-02-2011 08:18 PM

Awesome !!! Thank you : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 04-02-2011 08:20 PM

thank´s for the stew recipie RiverGirl :-)

usely I have just soacked thi items a few minuts in some hydrochloric Acid and let it bee out
over one or two nights and then rinsed them in some water before pad them dry

take care
Dennis

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#12 posted 04-02-2011 08:23 PM

OOH thank´s for the pictures RG they look awesome
if you only cuold have found some of the old type screws with a straight spur too

Dennis

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rivergirl

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#13 posted 04-02-2011 08:26 PM

Hey Dennis- I am not about to go dumpster diving for screws. LOL I just used the ones that came in the package and threw them in the rust pot. It’s good enough .. ;) Imean we aren’t talking 17th century reproductions here.. just fun repro for the nondiscerning client. LOL

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#14 posted 04-02-2011 08:28 PM

Kelly, did they turn black or orangey/rust coloured? The blanket chest ones look orange, and the cabinet ones look black, or is that just the photos?

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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#15 posted 04-02-2011 08:32 PM

Julie – It’s just the way hinge color reflects the different paint colors. The hinges are rusty- rough rusty like an old bumber. LOL They are not black- but they reflect the color of the paint they are on. So the on the red paint the hinges look more orange and on the black paint they look black. Exact same hinges – bought same place same day – same manufacturer etc. It’s just the paint making them look different.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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