Iron expression

Working with A1Creatives Iron

After exposure to water, the Iron powder mixed into the A1Creatives gives beautiful natural and unique rust effects.

On this page we explain how (in 3 different ways) you can achieve these rust effects using A1Creatives Iron, water and some patience. Be surprised by the result and don't forget to experiment further yourself.

A1Creatives Iron consists of:

  • 100 gram A1Creatives Iron Liquid
  • 250 gram A1Creatives Iron Powder
  • Iron powder

The mixing ratio of A1Creatives Iron is 1 part Liquid and 2.5 parts Powder by weight. Make sure all parts are ready before mixing the Liquid and Powder. If necessary, use a scale.

Surprise yourselves by the different results and don't forget to quickly show us your own Mixed Media A1Creatives Iron rust creation.


How to create your own rusted object with A1Creatives

Step 1: Select a mold suitable for A1Creatives Iron

There are many different types of molds suitable for casting A1Creatives Iron. We have noticed that these molds react in a different way to the iron powder, creating different rust effects. 

For this test we work with molds from Dadarkar, Finnabair, Stamperia and Zuri because these are frequent used molds for MIxed Media projects. We then use A1Creatives Iron in 3 different ways. Scroll on to see the different steps and the final results.

Step 2: Three Ways to Achieve Natural Rust Effect

Method 1:
We use the enclosed iron powder jar to apply a thin layer of iron powder into the mold. Then we fill it with our standard A1Creatives Iron.

The iron powder is easy to distribute in silicone molds. It remains, as it were, "hanging" on the silicone. Stamperia's plastic mold is trickier. Here the iron powder accumulates in the deep parts of the mold.

This difference is also reflected in the prints which are generally quite dark, probably due to the iron powder on the surface. The print of the Stamperia mold stands out because it is light in color. 

Note that iron powder can remain in the mold. This is because the A1Creatives is poured into the mold and not applied by brush, giving iron powder the chance to remain in the deeper details of the mold. Due to the way of working, a number of very fine details will be less well taken over by the A1Creatives.

Thin layer of iron powder applied in the mold

Iron powder left in the mold after unloading

Method 2:
We make it ourselves a little easier on and pour the A1Creatives Iron mixture directly into the mold without first applying a layer of iron powder.

Compared to the first method, it is striking that the A1Creatives Iron objects are lighter in color after they have been removed from the mold. Especially the Wing from the Stamperia mold has an almost silvery color.

The details are well taken over as we are used to from A1Creatives. 

Method 3:
Again, we do not apply a layer of iron powder in the mold, but we do add extra iron powder to the A1Creatives Iron mixture. As a result, there is more iron powder in the A1Creatives and we expect even better rust effects. We have added 50 grams of extra iron powder to 1 set of A1Creatives Iron.

Step 3: A1Creatives Iron completely submerged in water to start the oxidation process

We place all A1Creatives Iron objects that we cast under water the same day. In this way the iron in the A1Creatives gets the chance to react with the water and oxidize.

Over the next few days, we will temporarily remove all objects from the water, let them dry for a while and then see which method and mold yield the best result.

Curious… then scroll down quickly. 

Step 4: Evaluation of the results

Zuri Molds

With the Zuri mold we can clearly see that the first method already gives results after the first day and continues to do so for the next three days. After the second day, the 3rd method also gives a nice rust effect. The second method clearly needs more time.

After three days underwater, the amount of rust from methods one and two may be a bit too strong.

Finnabair Molds

With the Finnabair molds, method two is lagging behind in the rust development, especially at day 1 and 2. After day 3, the rust development has continued well in all examples and there is little difference anymore to see.

Dadarkar Molds

With the Dadarkar molds we can clearly see that rust development is well developed in all methods from day 2. After 4 days the rust development is very intense. It is up to the maker to determine to what extent the object needs to be rusted.

Stamperia Molds

The Stamperia molds are made of (hard) plastic and this makes the mold a bit stiffer, making the A1 more difficult to release after drying. After day 1, method 1, 2 and 3 show little rust development. But after day 2 we immediately see a nice rust development, whereby Method 2 remains slightly behind. Day 3 and 4 shows a thorough rust development of the objects.