Friday, 4 May 2012
Rust fairy: Altered Muslin Bunny
I turned one of the little white muslin bunnies in to a rustic, rusty fairy princess. It all started with a rusty tin and a bottle of white vinegar....
The tin has to be rusty to start with or you must pop a few rusty nails etc in to encourage the growth of rust in the vinegar. the longer you leave everything in there, the richer the colour you will get. I wasn't very patient (I never am) so managed to leave it in there for 6 or 7 hours at the most. I am ashamed of myself. no self restraint. had I managed to leave it for a couple of days i expect the results would have been richer...
well I didnt so here is how I made her despite under rusting.
I rusted some white linen from a very old table cloth, some strips of lace, the bunny and a lovely crown. once they were out of the vinegar, I rinsed thoroughly and let them dry and pressed them with the iron.
I decorated the linen by stamping stars on it, then turned it in to a little dress adding the lace and sewing on the little heart buttons (they are sewn on very loosely so the wiggle about when you move the bunny...).
I also made her an underskirt from hessian (burlap) with a linen band along the bottom, stamped with hearts. this helps keep her dress puffed up nicely. I glued on little rusty stars on the hemline too.
I glued the crown to her head, sewed some little rusty bells to her feet and attached a rusty star to her hand...the finishing touch was to attach two large rusty stars to her back to make her rust fairy wings.
Supplies used from Calico Crafts:
Muslin Bunny HERE
rusty jingle bells HERE
rusty hearts and stars HERE
star stamps from the 7 gypsies Lille set HERE
primitive heart buttons HERE
hessian (burlap) HERE