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Wednesday, December 18, 2013


I submitted my donation to the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary "The Last Cowboy - A Feature Film" project documenting the life and work of Dayton Hyde, founder of the Wild Horse Sanctuary in South Dakota.

In exchange for my donation, I am submitting my art work, which I have decided will be a full size sculpture of a Mustang.

Having always been a horse owner and lover of the big beasts - this project is near and dear to my heart, not only to help the cause of protecting the wild horses of North America, but also it gives me an opportunity to immortalize my horse, if you will, who has been part of my life for 27 years now.  I am using some of his old shoes in the sculpture and it will be a permanent fixture on our property after it is complete. (Can only submit photos of my work - so will be keeping the sculpture)

Below is a link to the Facebook Album as I will be documenting the construction process as I go and sharing it with anyone who wants to follow along!

This is my first very large scale art piece and I am excited beyond description about doing this!



Friday, August 2, 2013

MOLASSES and WATER - Great Organic Rust Removal For Steel / Iron !


Molasses and Water for removal of rust on steel or iron.  Who knew?  I am always interested in non chemical alternatives to cleaning metals and such.  Through one of the other metal artist / metalsmith forums, someone posted about this and I looked into it further.

It looks like it has been around for quite some time, seems primarily with the auto restoration crowd but now I know of it so will share!

The key factors apparently are the sulphur in the sulphated molasses which can be found at feed stores and the like.  The sulphur turns acidic during the fermenting process as I understand it and that acid is what eats away the rust.

Note that this concoction does not remove grease, oil or paint, so that would all have to be removed first.

This mixture will attack aluminum so use steel, cast iron or plastic for your container to hold the mixture.

Keeping the container in a warm area will help as well re:  fermenting.

The pros are:

Organic / Non toxic
Does not disturb the base metal surface like some of the other chemical rust removers like Naval Jelly
Can be used as fertilizer when you are done!

The cons are:

Pieces have to soak for a few days - not an instant process
It apparently can get fairly "fragrant" as the fermenting progresses

If you simply Google Molasses and Water Rust Removal you can find a great deal of information on this process including the various molasses and water mixture ratios and other helpful info.

Anyone have any other non chemical alternatives related to metal working / metal cleaning?  Feel free to leave comments here!