Introduction: Very Quick Rust

With this method you can oxidize most iron objects very quickly. It can be used for art or even just for fun! It will provide a nice rusty layer on top, but be warned if left in too long it can end up rusting the container, and eating the object.

WARNING: In this instructable you will be using bleach. BLEACH CAUSES SEVERE BUT TEMPORARY EYE INJURY. MAY IRRITATE SKIN. MAY CAUSE NAUSEA & VOMIT IF INGEST. EXPOSURE TO VAPORS/MIST MAY IRRITATE NOSE, THROAT & LUNGS. Emergency/First Aid Proc: EYES: IMMEDIATELY FLUSH EYES WITH PLENTY OF REMOVE CONTAMINATED CLOTHING. WASH AREA WITH WATER FOR AT LEAST 15 MINUTES. INGEST: DRINK A GLASSFUL OF WATER AND CALL MD. INHALE: IF BREATHING PROBLEMS DEVELOP REMOVE TO FRESH AIR.

DO NOT MIX BLEACH WITH HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS, ESPECIALLY AMMONIA, AS IT CAN CREATE TOXIC/DEADLY CHLORINE GAS.

Step 1: Materials

The materials are very simple:
A container for growing rust (May not be needed as you could just pour the bleach directly on the surface, but it may dry too quickly),
An Iron object (I use nails, but you can use anything that rusts),
And Bleach.

Step 2: First Step

Put the object into the bleach.

Step 3: Done

Take out the object, and let it dry. Now your done, have fun with your amateur grade rust!

Comments

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CaressaV (author)2016-03-16

How long does the experiment take?

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stealthy_sparky made it! (author)2014-07-26

after 4 weeks mine grew to 3 times the surface area and looked really ugly :) have a look

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knoxarama (author)2009-12-05

about how long does it take to rust?

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Kryptonite (author)knoxarama2010-10-09

If you want rust, electrolysis is faster again.

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a_traceur (author)knoxarama2010-08-09

Its very fast usually starting to collect a visible layer of rust in only a few minutes.

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Kaiven (author)2009-08-24

willt he bleach evaporate, leaving behind pure rust/iron?

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a_traceur (author)Kaiven2009-08-28

It really depends on the environment it is in. If you are in a nice dry area, like a desert, then it will evaporate as long as it is not covered. although it may take a few days.

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CaseyCase (author)2009-04-21

Muratic acid makes ferrous metals rust quickly as well.

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a_traceur (author)CaseyCase2009-04-28

I would try it out but I don't have any. But thanks for the suggestion.

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