Hi there!

I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Horse-shoe Nail Art

I had a great idea last year to make all these little figurines out of horseshoe nails....the problem is, a few months after they were painted, surface rust began to show through the paint. I used a fluxless solder for soldering, and used flux on a small paint brush.........after they were finished I would give them several coats of enamel paint, but the rust came through,.....

I still have not worked out how to stop the rust coming through. I am now aware of a rust paint that I should have used which I can get at Bunnings. I wonder if I should I have soaked them in a acid bath or something? can you neutralise the flux with something.....anywhere there was flux under the paint, it rusted through. I will have to work this out before I make any more.

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