Posted: 10 Sep 2010 04:38 AM PDT
I posted a little about this bowl over on my other blog.
My son-in-law's mother had a box of things she didn't want anymore and she asked my eldest daughter to go through it and see if there was anything she wanted for herself or anybody else in the family. My daughter thought this bowl would appeal to the side of me that loves William Morris. I took it in spite of the rust stains all over it. This picture doesn't even do justice to how bad the rust stains were. One of my daughters said she didn't realize it was rust, she just thought it was an ugly yellow bowl.
Somebody suggested steel wool, so I tried that, but got nowhere.
I really liked this bowl, and I was determined to get the rust stains out. While I was in Wal-mart one day I passed the rust removers, and on a whim bout a four dollar bottle of rust remover. Following the instructions, I put the bottle in a washtub, diluted it with water, and soaked my bowl- for about a week. It was better, but still very, very orange on the bottom, especially the legs.
Well, now I was really determined now, and in the dollar store I picked up three more bottles of a different rust remover for a dollar a bottle. I didn't follow the directions. I did not dilute. I just rinsed out my washtub and bowl, poured all three bottles into the tub, tilted it and propped it up a bit so the still stained parts of the bowl could be immersed, and in another day, I had this:
I like my bowl, but if I had thought this through and counted the cost ahead of time, I think I might have decided to just have a 'yellow' bowl.
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