SNS #39 brings you ~ R U S T


Welcome to Saturday Nite Special #39!

If you’re new here, join in! There are three categories to link to. Home Decor as well as Crafts, Sewing, Recipes, plus the themed link! Check below for this weekend’s theme.

Party starts Fri night and ends Sunday 11pm pacific, so you have all weekend to join!

I LOVE to highlight inspiring posts during the event on the sidebar, so make sure you check in several times over the weekend. You may be next. 🙂

~ This weekend’s themed link ~

r U s T

Ohhh…. the magical patina of rust! Doesn’t this wind chime look like it’s 1000 years old?

Rust looks great anywhere.

And on nearly any thing. 🙂

There is something amazingly organic about natural rust that comes from weather and time. I simply like it because it’s a natural aging element that doesn’t add colour, but more, patina and texture. Did you know if you put a clear on rust, it takes away the orange tone and deepens it? Very cool.

This old bed frame that use to be white is now wearing the perfect rust patina one couldn’t recreate if they tried.

Or… could they?

My artist friend Dan is a lover of all things rust as I am. Maybe even more so if that’s possible. And some of his creations are amazing examples of what else you can do with this patina. And it doesn’t have to look like junk. 🙂 Here’s a peek at some major upscale rust for you to drool over. 🙂

These are double bay type doors leading into Dan’s workshop.

They are fabricated out of layers of heavy sheet metal, trimmed out with rivets, and framed with an intricate plasma cut design around the perimeter.

All wearing a wonderful 100% rust patina. NICE.

The caption on the plasma cut puzzle lock reads ‘Let Imagination Loose.’ Would you say he resembles that remark?

Let’s also have a look at the main office door.

On layers of metal, the tree was created by simply running beads of welding over top one another, creating a sculpted tree trunk. The leaves were all separately plasma cut out of metal and welded into place. And if something wasn’t rusty to begin with, a treatment was used to make it so. (I’ll do a tutorial on that subject one day)

(the exterior painted parts of the building are all hand carved into fiberglass reinforced concrete)

Dan earns a living designing and building themed environments and 3D signs such as what you’d see at a theme park,  so it’s no surprise that there isn’t a whole lot of normalicy to his creations. Everything made with his hands (or those of his helpers) is one of a kind.  See what I have to keep up with here? 🙂

Many of Dan’s other creations, from front entrance gates to dragons, all wear this amazing rust patina. And this is only a very small part of what he does.  You can check out his amazing website HERE.

  Incidentally, I worked with Dan part time for about a year. He’s the one responsible for the tool knowledge that I have thus far…

 … and for the mac computer system he encouraged me to get.

And help me set up. (like he had a choice!) 🙂 That story is coming up very soon! Thanks Dan. 🙂 Keep rustin, bro! Just not my computer.

Are you on the rust craze too? Let’s see whatcha got rust wise in the 3rd themed link!

~ Upcoming themed linkups ~

curb appeal


kitchen islands

old chairs

There! Now you can plan some projects so you can join in easier! I’ll post them in the order you see here.

What other themes would you like to see on SNS? Let me know in comments! 

 ~ SNS blah blah linkup rules ~

1. Please link up your intended post, NOT your blog homepage url. (post, then click the title of your post, cut and paste that url)

2. Please put a link in your post that leads back to the party so others can see what’s up! (scroll button on sidebar if you wish)

 3. This party is geared for DIY type projects we can all attempt to make ourselves. Items for sale may be linked up IF your entry is posted on your blog and in tutorial style (unless making the item is self explanatory).

5. For Home Decor and Crafts, Sewing, Cooking, please link projects up that are new to SNS and within 1 month old. The 3rd weekly themed link may have older posts and not brand new to SNS.

If you can’t decide which category to enter yours in, please just pick ONE and go with it. It’s all good!

Rust on, my junkin’ friends!

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27 thoughts on “SNS #39 brings you ~ R U S T

  1. I just love all the rusty pieces you have in your yard. And Dan’s work is outstanding.
    I have a couple of rusty bits in my own garden, but it’s dark out right now so I’ll try to get some photos posted tomorrow.

  2. Donna, I’m drroling over your rust pictures {I know that must sound wierd to the average person =)} Ummm Dan is THE MAN…the workshop doors…the office entrance….WOW, Incredible. Very impressive. Thanks for hosting {and the eye candy} Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Stephanie Lynn

  3. Thanks for hosting! I gifted my mom a vintage piece for her yard (rusty & fabulous)… if I can manage a photo, I’ll certainly be back to post! 😉

  4. OOO, SHOOT !! I forgot ALL ABOUT RUST being this week. I will write all these down on my calendar so I won’t forget…I have some REALLY great rust. SHOOT FIRE !!

    Well, being the nice host that you are, you do offer other things to link and i do appreciate that.
    I just love your blog and love looking at all the neat stuff..
    xo bj

  5. Thank you so much for hosting a link party. It’s my very first time participating! *bashful smile*

    They are so much fun!!! I love looking through everyone’s wonderful stuff!

  6. OH!!!!! I love those doors!!!! My hubby is a fabricator and where he works, they are installing a new plasma cutting machine this week. Oh the idea’s I have running through my head now!!! 😉 …… We will go broke buying the metal!! lol

  7. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to know how to make something rust quickly! Or make it look rusty. I have been trying to figure this out and hopefully within the next week in order to make my aunt’s birthday present! I’d love to read a tute! Looking forward to that post!

    Colors Not Yet Invented

  8. Hey you sweet girl!!

    I’m late, but I made it!

    Great party.
    I did not have to do a thing but go take photos of some of my rusty treasures!!

    Thanks for hosting.


    barbara jean

  9. Hey Donna!
    As a lover of all things rusty and crusty…I added a link to an old post where I shared some rusty favorites! Your photos are awesome!
    Enjoying your blog so much!
    Have a great day,

  10. Hi Donna-

    How exciting – seeing my swing on your sidebar!! I feel like I won the lottery. Thanks so much – when I read the comment you left on my blog, I smiled big time- it made my day.
    Thanks- Diane

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