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Miniature Autos

Making Rust Paint

To make rust paint, take steel wool put in a cup & add water (experiment but the water will need to cover the metal and then dry), Mash the steel wool when first put in the water but then after it has dried. Stir & the mash the steel wool into a powder with a metal tool, until the steel wool is a mix & fine powder that becomes the rust paste base. Add back very small amounts of water and use as a paint. 

Old often rusted automobiles......

.........have stories to tell. Some try to hide under the rust or dirt.  The stories are still there & they will take you back to a time and place. Old Autos inspire. Each has their own unique rust variation. They Inform. They are their own art form.

Miniatures Created with Rust

Rust is a Favorite Color

Rust is a passionate color


Rust is a passionate color. Rust is orange, red, yellow and the combinations seem to be endless. The color itself is warm. Warm colors appear closer. Emotions are stimulated and memories come back.

A good example of this is what rust does for an old otherwise worthless car. The rust gives it a different meaning and feel.

You may find yourself saying when a really great restored old car is found: Wow, that car is so cool, That time was so cool. Something outside of you has sent you back in time. When you see the same type of car all rusted out you still may think of the time and place, but your thoughts will be deeper. That time must have been, or really was so cool. It just must have been so whatever!  This car is all that is left! At least something is left of that time.  

The car seems to be still alive. Is it remembering it's own past. Will a rusted 55 Chevy take you back to that time any faster than a restored one? The restored one may take you back to a particular car and time but perhaps the rusted version leaves your mind open look deeper.

The rusted out car doesn't smell new. The doors if they work at all sound different if they close. The surface of rust may break and crumble if you rub your hands over it. is it really a car or is it a spirit of a car?

The spirit of the care brings back feelings as well as memories. Emotions connect with feelings and memories and your moment in time changes.

Rust is beautiful. Rust is the color of timelessness.






Treasures of Rust

Thoughts About Rust


Rust is a unique color and reflects it's own message. Iron oxide is made by the reaction of iron and oxygen when water is present. Even the moisture in the air triggers the reaction.