How to Make a Nail Rust

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Nails are an important building and construction material. They come in a wide range of sizes, lengths and composition. Today most nails are made from steel, but iron, aluminum and copper nails also exist. Because a nail is made of metal it rusts under certain conditions. While rusted nails pose a hazard as a building material, they can be useful for art and crafts projects. They offer a unique look for creative projects.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper
  • Rubber gloves
  • Glass bowl
  • Bleach
  • Vinegar
  • Paper towels
  • Use sandpaper to scrub off the rust-proof coating.

  • Put on rubber gloves and open a window in the work area. Ventilation is important as a safety precaution.

  • Pour equal parts of vinegar and bleach into a glass bowl. Use either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

  • Submerge the nails in the solution.

  • Leave nails in solution for 30 minutes. For more advanced rust, leave in for one hour.

  • Remove nails from solution and place on paper towel to dry.

  • Repeat steps three to six times until you get the desired level of rust on the nail.

Tips & Warnings

  • Another method for rusting nails is to place hot water in the bowl, add two tablespoons of salt and submerge the nails in the solution. This process takes longer to rust nails, but there are no safety concerns.

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