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
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. 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
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 inch from the top and let them dry for several days before starting
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.