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Old January 26, 2011, 07:06 PM
charliehorse55 charliehorse55 is offline
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I don't think you will be able to achieve the look you are going for, because it's not a color that's associated with rust, it's both the color and the texture. Short of painting the tubes, mixing dyes will only give solid colors.

For example, this is a solid pane of rust color:



When you show people the first color only a very small percentage of them will associate it with rust. However show them any of these photos: (linked due to size)

http://www.unsigneddesign.com/rust23_edited.jpg
http://homedesignelements.net/shop/i.../SP%20Rust.jpg
http://www.highresolutiontextures.co...ken_rust_5.jpg

And they will instantly think "rust!".

I think a viable option might be to start with some bright UV tubing, and then paint splotches onto it so that when the UV light is turned on only parts of the tubing light up. (Also use a very dim UV source). Maybe UV Red with black paint? I'm just throwing ideas out, they might look horrible.
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