Finished this up yesterday. The nice thing about rat rods is there are no rules, you can let your imagination run wild. This is the first time using salt and baking soda to get the patina and I really like the technique. The sequence was gray primer, model masters steel, salt, rust, salt pale blue, salt, light blue, then washed and scrubbed with a stiff tooth brush. The Mexican blanket was made with the embroidery thread on tape trick. It was pretty stiff so I used fabric sizing on it and then removed the tape. It was still pretty stiff so I soaked it and spot glued it. If I do another I think I'll look for a different technique. This project went fast for me, probably all the ideas in my head needing to come out.