Most of the time we think of the word ‘rust’ with a negative connotation. Jesus said,“ Lay up not for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt.” However, on this particular project, we were looking for a little corruption to make a unique statement and breathe life into a bland room!
We wanted to put a band of metal around the room which would serve as a cool element to break up the 16’ ceiling.
So we purchased some eight-inch steel and set out to rust the new steel: quickly! Quickly! Rock salt, some acid and some water mixtures were tried. In the end, we used a mixture of acid and dissolved some copper solution into it. And behold~ our architects (and the owners) were delightfully pleased!
The metal was attached within 48” x 6” bands with gaps. The gaps were highlighted with LED light behind them. What beauty! This was one case where you could not say, “Bad company corrupts good morals”!