Bronze plating your babies first shoes can create a tangible memory that will last a lifetime. A little one's first pair of shoes are so special that many parents want to save them by having them bronze-plated. Many companies offer baby shoe bronzing, but why not save the cash and do it yourself?
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Things you need
- Baby shoes
- Bronze powder
- Fast-drying spar varnish
- Camel hair brush
Clean the shoes thoroughly before you begin the bronzing process. Use a mild soap with water on a washcloth, and then allow the shoes to dry thoroughly before the next step.
Arrange your shoes by pulling the tongue completely out and arranging the shoe laces as you desire. Then, poke a small hole through the sole of the shoe and string a piece of wire or string through. The string or wire will allow you to hang the shoes in between processes.
Mix your bronze powder with the varnish to create a paint-like consistency, according to www.make-stuff.com.>
Apply the mixture with the camel hair brush thoroughly both inside and outside of the shoe. Allow time to dry between coats and apply as many coats as necessary to get that shiny finish all around.
Tips and warnings
- The website www.make-stuff.com suggests filling shoes with plaster of Paris and allowing to dry before bronzing if you want a stiff sturdy final product.
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