Apparently, the skill of Persian rug weaving has been handed down by parents to their children, as a guarded family recipe. Needless to say, these rugs are difficult to replicate and repair. Naturally, I asked if I could take some scraps home.
I made a pair for his wife's birthday.
Here's how I did it...
Step 1: Frame
3D Modeling Software: Tinkercad
Material: Protopasta Iron
Printing Service: 3D Hubs San Francisco (Calvin's Hub)
My Dimensions: 44mm x 44m x 11m
**Your thickness will vary depending on desired rug.
Step 2: Post Process
1. Smooth with wire brush to expose more iron particles.
2. Soak/Spray in salt water, white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
3. Wrap marinated prints in a paper towel and lightly spray the paper towel with the same solution. Put in a ziplock bag to hold in moisture.
4. Wait 5 hours - 2 days depending on desired look. The longer the prints stay damp the more they'll rust.
5. Yay, to rust!
6. Sand with 800 grit.
7. Seal with candle wax.
**As a by product you'll have a scented earring.
Step 3: Rug
Cut your desired rug to match prints.
Paste the edges of rug with Modge Podge.
Nestle the rug in the print.
Step 4: Dry
Allow Modge Podge to dry for 30 min - 1 hr
Step 5: Hooks
Heat up the end of a pin with a lighter.
Poke (gently) a hole for the hook.
Slide the earring hook through the hole.
Step 6: Wear
Share them with a friend who'll appreciate ancient and modern crafts. :)