Don’t be fooled. Rust never sleeps.

Rust is a form of iron oxide.  It is the reaction of iron and oxygen in the presence of water or moisture in the air. Rust usually represents itself as a dusty layer coloured mainly in deep earthy tones of orange, red and brown. But at Lump we have also seen it present colours of yellow ochre and black.

We most commonly refer to rusting as the corrosion of iron and its alloys such as steel. But there are loads of other types of rust, like green rust that will occur on metal encased in concrete underwater.

Rust is like a living thing, it is permeable to air and water so it continues to corrode even at the very base if its layers. It will continue to corrode even under layers of paint, bubbling and cracking and eventually lifting the paint off the surface.

Rust never sleeps. It is because of this, that any form of rust prevention such as painting or galvanizing must take place before there is even the slightest sign of rust occurring.

In the early days, Chris and I would finish some of our rusted pieces with a layer of oily film. For this we could use fish oil or linseed oil but we mostly liked a product called Penetrol.

Penetrol is a blend of natural oils that is generally used as an additive to paint to help make it go further, stick to almost any surface and withstand weather longer. When Penetrol is applied to a rusted surface it seeps into the rust deepening the colour and making the piece look fresh and wet.

At Lump we found that using Penetrol would give us a temporary seal on the surface so as to not upset our rusted finish while we were handling the object or while the object was in transit.

Once the piece was installed either indoors or out, the rust would continue to grow and would eventually grow through the Penetrol, returning the surface of the object to the lovely natural, living rusted finish we know and love.

Rust – it will rub off on to your hands, it will leach a stain in poor weather and it will infect any other metal in contact with it. But, a rusted surface is a natural surface. It will delight in changes of pattern and colour and deeply ripen with age. You can change the look of it and it will return to its natural state, you can prevent it and also remove it. But don’t be fooled. Rust will never sleep.

Natural rusted finish with Penetrol

Corten Steel Rust

Natural rusted finish

Lump Corten Steel Interclad

Natural rusted finish with Penetrol

Rusted Corten Steel Light Feature

Natural rusted finish with Penetrol

Lump Corten Steel Rusted Light Feature

Natural rusted finish

Corten Steel Rusted

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  • This sculpture we at Lump are calling “The Pavilion”  has finally left the Lump Studio for installation in its forever home. Watch this to see how we move the big ones. #sculpture  #privatecommission  #outdoorart  #modernsculpture  #lovewhatyoudo
  • Check the creation of the SodaStream Turtle step by step in the Lump Studio workshop. @dayziart carefully places the rubbish over the skeleton to form the shell and the skin of the turtle. ALL of the rubbish was collect by @dayziart from Aussie beaches. @sodastreamau commissioned this piece as part of #oceanofthefuture a VR display that aims to help us understand the impact our waste is having on our ocean and marine life.  We are thrilled to have been included in this project along with passionate ambassadors @sodastreamau  @plasticfreesophia @cleanupaustralia  @take3forthesea  @joelparko The display is on this week at Circular Quay in Sydney #bubblesfornow  #onebottleforlife  #stoptrashingwaves
  • The Turtle created by @dayziart is positioned on top of a pod which houses a VR experience #OceanOfTheFuture developed and launched by @sodastreamau  this week. The VR experience aims to help us understand how our waste is impacting our oceans and marine life.  The installation is at The Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay in Sydney. Take your kids, you will want to make difference too @sodastreamau @joelparko  #onebottleforlife  @take3forthesea  @dayziart  @plasticfreesophia  @cleanupaustralia  @mattbarryimages  @elyse.knowles  These guys are all making the change and making a difference #everybitcounts  #BubblesForNow 
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  • This is a project we are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work on. It’s been under wraps for a while but this week @sodastreamau  launched #OceanOfTheFuture The initiative aims to display the devastating effects and the ongoing impacts of single use plastics on our oceans and marine life.  Our role at Lump Studio was to create the internal structure of a Turtle for @dayziart to cover with found rubbish he collected from the beach and ocean in his home town.  Swipe left, you can see just how much rubbish was collected in only a couple of weeks.  We all know it. It’s time to change our consumption habits. It’s not helpless we can make a difference @sodastreamau  #onebottleforlife  @take3forthesea  @dayziart  @plasticfreesophia  @cleanupaustralia  @mattbarryimages  @elyse.knowles  #everybitcounts #BubblesForNow
  • The “Wire Amplitudes” sculpture would look just as at home if found deep in the ocean. 
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  • The Lump “Wire Amplitudes” Sculpture features a beautiful orange power coated finish. Its transparency suggests an almost ephemeral presence. project by @sarpelhomes 📷@rogerrolanddilernia
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  • So pleased with the installation of our “Wire Amplitudes” Sculpture in this project by @sarpelhomes 📷@rogerrolanddilernia Very proudly positioned at the entrance. 
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  • We bring almost 20 years of sheet metal fabrication to the table. 
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