Barbara Triscari: A quilt incorporating her rust technique

12 Sep 2013
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Above, "Wrangled Rust" by Barbara Triscari, 25" x 36"

Barbara's article on "Controlled Rusting" in the October/November 2013 issue of Quilting Arts will inspire you to create photo-realistic rusted images to incorporate in your fiber art.

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mzjohansen wrote
on 13 Sep 2013 5:21 PM

I'd like to know if Barbara knows of anywhere that sells iron powder of less than a pound quantity.

I would love to try some of these techniques, but buying a pound of iron powder , although not that expensive, is an investment if the technique turns out to be not quite 'you'.

If anyone has an idea of who might sell a smaller quantity please let me know !!


Marie Z. Johansen 

on 15 Sep 2013 1:03 PM

Hi Barbara,

i love your article.  When I went to the chemical shop to find the powder iron, I noticed thre are three different ones.  Which one is it? Iron powder, super fine iron powder or ultra pure?

Thank you for your prompt response.


on 25 Sep 2013 2:51 PM

Marie, In the article you can see a glimpse of the can of iron powder.  It is a quart size of 5 lbs.  I would think the lb size would be in more like a pint can, like a small can of wood stain .  Iron is heavy so a pound is not really a huge amount.  I have another article proposed to Quilting Arts using it another process, so stay tuned if this one doesn't end up being your thing, the other might.

Silvia,  I used 150 microns or smaller.  Iron100 is their listing number at chemicalstore.


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on 25 Sep 2013 4:52 PM

Silvia,  It looks like they have changed their labeling on their website a little bit since I was on their last and I wasn't able to get on their site before my last email.  You can search for iron100 on their site.  Just under the picture you can see it is labeled iron100 if you are on the right one.  You do not need the super fine or ultra pure, you just want it to be fine enough to go through a screen smoothly.  Thanks for your comments and interest in the article.  Barbara