Barbed wire has a few uses. It is made as a deterrent to keep people and animals in or out of a place. Most barbed wire is used for fencing, but barbed wire can also be used as part of art projects. Rusting the barbed wire gives it a unique look. Because the barbed wire is made from metal, it is not hard to rust. The secret is rusting the metal without hurting yourself.

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Barbed wire, when rusted, can be used for art projects.

Step 1

Put on thick gloves when handling the barbed wire to prevent cuts and other injuries.

Step 2

Scrub the barbed wire with a steel wool pad or scrubbing brush. This roughens the surface and also removes any rust-proof coating that is on the wire.

Step 3

Fill a large container or bucket with water. Add the barbed wire. Water is the most important ingredient for rusting metal.

Step 4

Add two to three tbsp. of salt to the water. A salt solution accelerates rusting.

Step 5

Leave the barbed wire in the saltwater for several hours.

Step 6

Remove the wire from the water, and place it on a surface covered with paper towels.

Step 7

Carry the barbed wire and paper towels outdoors into the sun. The heat accelerates the rusting. Make certain no children or animals can access the barbed wire.

Step 8

Repeat Steps 3 through 7 until you get the desired amount of rust on the barbed wire.