I received this email several days ago and thought it might be of interest to others.
I am the metal smith, I just wanted to let you know: (you might already know this, if so, disregard this message!) iron in fabric, will eventually rust away eating the fabric as well. The iron continues to rust even though it seems to have “set”. I am involved in living history, and have seen old fabrics that had been dyed with fabric dye that had iron as a component of the dyestuff. The fabrics look as though they had been cut along the lines that were printed with the iron rich dye…
I do not usually barge in on someone, or on blogs, etc, but with all that you have going, you might not have run across the rust “results”. What you are doing is wonderful, and I love your experiments…the snow printing, etc…is like the kinds of stuff we do here too…kindred spirits abound, even when we do not know it. I home school my daughter, and we are always finding things out, and trying them!
Keep up the beautiful work!
I am aware that Rust printed fabrics will continues to rust at a very, very very slow rate even after they have been “set”. I figure that it is a choice, artistic v. lasting longer. As we have seen with antique, Cotton will not last forever, but if care is taken it will last a very long time.
I was not aware that older dyes used iron components, but is does make sense a dyes were originally made from natural ingredients one of those being minerals.