How to Make a Nail Rust

By Sabrina Ashley

Nails are an important building and construction material. They come in a wide range of sizes, lengths and composition. Today most nails are made from steel, but iron, aluminum and copper nails also exist. Because a nail is made of metal it rusts under certain conditions. While rusted nails pose a hazard as a building material, they can be useful for art and crafts projects. They offer a unique look for creative projects.

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Making a nail rust is not hard to do.

Step 1

Use sandpaper to scrub off the rust-proof coating.

Step 2

Put on rubber gloves and open a window in the work area. Ventilation is important as a safety precaution.

Step 3

Pour equal parts of vinegar and bleach into a glass bowl. Use either white vinegar or apple cider vinegar.

Step 4

Submerge the nails in the solution.

Step 5

Leave nails in solution for 30 minutes. For more advanced rust, leave in for one hour.

Step 6

Remove nails from solution and place on paper towel to dry.

Step 7

Repeat steps three to six times until you get the desired level of rust on the nail.