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"How would I make a spoon rust?"



Q. I'm looking to make a spoon rust. I have a friend who has a strange joke about a rusty spoon and I'd love to give him a rusty spoon as a gift. I can't find a rusty spoon anywhere, so the next best thing is to make it rust myself ... So, How do I make my spoon rust?!

Serena S.
student - Northridge, California, USA


A. Rub a regular spoon for about an hour with 0000 steel wool [affil link]. This will embed some fine steel in the spoon surface which will rust starting with tiny spots and then spread over the surface of the spoon. Don't wash it. just dip it in a glass of water with one spoonful of common salt and half a teaspoon of vinegar. Set the spoon outside where the dew will keep it moist at night. Redip the spoon daily in your acidified salt water. It may take up to a couple of weeks.

James Watts
- Navarre, Florida


thumbs up signWhoever you are, I love you. My friend is almost the same thing. The "I like rusty spoons" is actually from "Salad Fingers" a badly drawn cartoon on a couple of websites. I have a friend who wants a rusty spoon as a christmas gift (please don't mention how late it is) and I have the same problem! I tried letting them sit in BLEACH for a few DAYS and absolutely nothing happened! I was expecting them to corrode to nothing. Well I wish I could find a way to EASILY rust spoons, I found this very entertaining. Byebye!

Stephen Coyle
- Brooklyn, New York, USA


thumbs up signThank you too; my brother and I have a funny joke as well about salad fingers and I wanted to give him a rusty spoon for his birthday present. Thanks a bunch!

C. M. Grady
- Littleton, Colorado, U.S.


A. Take a steel spoon rub it with wire wool and dip it in acetone Acetone [affil link] and hey presto instant rusty spoon to make any green three fingered freak freek.

John Dyson
- Stockwell, London, England

October 2014

Hi. You can't make a silver or silver plated spoon rust; and as you see, it's hard to make a stainless steel one rust. But I have an old copper-nickel-chrome plated STEEL spoon that rusts although I don't want it to.



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It's really funny because my friends birthday is coming up and she likes the little Mermaid; it's a joke between us. We also have a joke about Salad fingers and rusty spoons. So for her birthday I found a Little Mermaid spoon and I wanted to rust it as a joke. When I clicked on this site I expected some science website with like some scientific experiment about rusting spoons or something, so it was funny to see that people have the same joke as my friend and I. =] <3 Scarlet

Scarlet S
- Chicago, Illinois, U.S.


HAHA you guys are awesome! same here :D I am making my boyfriend a salad fingers stuffed animal and I already have the voicebox recorded to say "hello...I like rusty spoons..he he...I like to touch Themmm" LOL! :D I can't wait until it's done! :D Let me know if you want to see it finished later lol. <3

Kristy P
- OC, California, USA

September 28, 2010

Wow, as soon as I read the question salad fingers popped into my head
i didn't even search the question ^_^

- san diego California

October 6, 2014

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Salad Fingers
- Saladplace, Rustingtun, Spoon

September 23, 2019

thumbs up sign  My girlfriend recently confessed she has a kink for rusty spoons. As our anniversary is coming up next month, I am going to surprise her and make a few spoons up to her standard. It took a lot for her to confess this to me, so I want to make sure she knows what turns her on turns me on too. This was exactly what I was looking for - a concise and useful answer. Thank you - from both me and morgan ;)

Claudia Jones
- Kent, England

September 2019

Hi Claudia. I think you submitted your posting with a fictitious name and we usually discard those because it runs counter to our mission of camaraderie and aloha ... but we went ahead and posted it anyway because everybody recognized you and Morgan from your fetish :-)

Happy anniversary!

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