DIY: Bronze Baby Shoes

DIY: Bronze Baby Shoes

How to Bronze Baby Shoes You can treasure the memory of your child's first steps forever by bronzing his first set of baby shoes. And you can do it yourself relatively inexpensively and easily. Your first step will be to clean the shoes thoroughly. With a damp rag,

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    How to Bronze Baby Shoes
    You can treasure the memory of your child's first steps forever by
    bronzing his first set of baby shoes. And you can do it yourself relatively
    inexpensively and easily.
    Your first step will be to clean the shoes thoroughly. With a damp
    rag, clean the shoes of all dirt and polish. It is best to complete the cleaning
    by rubbing the shoes with a rag saturated in denatured alcohol. All wax and
    polish must be removed. Now allow the shoes to dry.

    Next you will want to arrange the shoes as you want them to be
    bronzed. Tie the laces and arrange them properly. Adjust the tongue so that it
    touches the sides of the shoe. You may want to hold the laces and tongue in
    place with a little rubber cement. Now drive a tiny hole through the sole of
    each shoe and loop a string or wire around it. You are now ready to begin
    bronzing.

    To prepare your liquid bronze use bronze, copper or gold powder and
    mix the powder with a fast drying spar varnish, stirring well and adding the
    powder until you have a liquid about like paint. Stir to prevent particles from
    settling on the bottom. You will probably want to mix a fresh batch of the
    liquid bronze for each job.

    To apply the bronze, use a good camel hair brush and paint shoes,
    inside and out, with several coats. If there are dull spots when the liquid
    dries, it means the liquid has soaked right into the material and more coats are
    needed until the finish is even and glossy. Hang up each shoe by the loop of
    string to dry between coats and clean the brush each time.

    When the final coat is dry, you can create an "antique" effect by
    mixing a little burnt umber or black color in oil with the bronzing liquid and
    painting it into the creases of the shoe with a small brush.

    If you would like the shoes to be heavy and rigid, fill them with
    plaster of paris to about 1/2" from the top and let them dry for several days
    before starting to paint.

    You will find bronze powder at any good paint or hardware store or
    even a printing supply house.

    You will be amazed at the very professional job you have done using
    this method. Perhaps you will do such a good job and enjoy it so much you may
    want to begin a service doing it for others. It is really a lovely way to make
    your treasured memories last forever.




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    Default DIY: Bronze Baby Shoes

    How to Bronze Baby Shoes
    You can treasure the memory of your child's first steps forever by
    bronzing his first set of baby shoes. And you can do it yourself relatively
    inexpensively and easily.
    Your first step will be to clean the shoes thoroughly. With a damp
    rag, clean the shoes of all dirt and polish. It is best to complete the cleaning
    by rubbing the shoes with a rag saturated in denatured alcohol. All wax and
    polish must be removed. Now allow the shoes to dry.

    Next you will want to arrange the shoes as you want them to be
    bronzed. Tie the laces and arrange them properly. Adjust the tongue so that it
    touches the sides of the shoe. You may want to hold the laces and tongue in
    place with a little rubber cement. Now drive a tiny hole through the sole of
    each shoe and loop a string or wire around it. You are now ready to begin
    bronzing.

    To prepare your liquid bronze use bronze, copper or gold powder and
    mix the powder with a fast drying spar varnish, stirring well and adding the
    powder until you have a liquid about like paint. Stir to prevent particles from
    settling on the bottom. You will probably want to mix a fresh batch of the
    liquid bronze for each job.

    To apply the bronze, use a good camel hair brush and paint shoes,
    inside and out, with several coats. If there are dull spots when the liquid
    dries, it means the liquid has soaked right into the material and more coats are
    needed until the finish is even and glossy. Hang up each shoe by the loop of
    string to dry between coats and clean the brush each time.

    When the final coat is dry, you can create an "antique" effect by
    mixing a little burnt umber or black color in oil with the bronzing liquid and
    painting it into the creases of the shoe with a small brush.

    If you would like the shoes to be heavy and rigid, fill them with
    plaster of paris to about 1/2" from the top and let them dry for several days
    before starting to paint.

    You will find bronze powder at any good paint or hardware store or
    even a printing supply house.

    You will be amazed at the very professional job you have done using
    this method. Perhaps you will do such a good job and enjoy it so much you may
    want to begin a service doing it for others. It is really a lovely way to make
    your treasured memories last forever.




    Source: http://www.make-stuff.com/projects/bronzeshoes.html

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    We sent our sons first pair of shoes off to be bronzed. They were lost
    somewhere in transit. A tracer shows that they were delivered to the
    business, but the business claimed they never received them. Anyway, I
    bronzed his shoes himself. I did not follow a really elaborate procedure.
    Cannot remember for sure how I did this. But, think I went to a paint store
    and asked them what to use. Think it was a broze/gold paint. They are about
    twenty-seven years old now, and have held up perfectly.

    Nadine

 

 

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