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How to Make Rusty Safety Pins

By Katharine Godbey
Rusty safety pins accesorize primitive-style crafts.

Primitive decor is greatly influenced by the colonial period and features simplicity in its furnishing and accessories. As this decorating style continues to develop and change with trends, one particular trend that has gained popularity is extreme primitive. Extreme primitives are identifiable by heavy staining and grunging with teas and cinnamon, simple style stitching, and rusty accessories like safety pins. Although you may find rusty safety pins to purchase for your primitive crafts, it is inexpensive to make your own.

Place non-stainless steel safety pins in the glass jar and pour enough bleach into the jar to cover the safety pins.

Screw the lid on tightly and let set for 24 hours.

Strain the bleach from the jar and refill it with enough apple cider vinegar to cover the safety pins.

Add 1 tsp. of salt and screw on the lid to seal the jar.

Let the jar set for 24 hours, then strain out the vinegar solution.

In the sunlight, spread the safety pins across paper towel. Move around as needed until the safety pins are completely dry.

Tip

Quality stainless steel safety pins will not rust. You must use inexpensive safety pins.

Skip the bleaching step for a light rusting.

Also use this method to rust bells and other tin items.

Warning

Work in a well-ventilated area when working with bleach. Inhaling the fumes is hazardous.

About the Author

Katharine Godbey began freelance writing for blogs and websites in 2007 with a background in curriculum writing and teaching. She studied business at Colorado Technical University. Godbey enjoys writing about many topics including small business, crafts and florals, decorating and health.