Anyone wanting a memorable keepsake of their baby's first years will love
bronzed baby shoes. They will last for generations as a reminder of those
precious times when their child was taking his or her first steps. There are
many stores that specialize in this service, so here is some information about
bronzing baby shoes that will allow you to make a good choice when selecting a
The first step in bronzing baby shoes is to seal them using a liquid sealer.
While the shoes are still wet from the sealing liquid, they are shaped to give
them a natural appearance. The sealing liquid also stiffens the shoes to prepare
them for bronzing.
Next they have to be prepared for electroplating by immersing them in another
liquid. This makes the shoes conductive, which is the secret behind the
Once the conductive liquid has dried, the shoes are placed in an electroplating
vat for about three or four hours until they get a thick coating of bronze. They
are then removed from the vat and buffed and polished.
Many bronzing stores apply a lacquer finish to the bronzed shoes to protect them
against tarnishing. Be sure to find out whether your baby shoes have been
lacquered or not. This information will let you know whether you should polish
the bronzed shoes or not. Lacquered shoes do not have to be polished; in fact
polishing will remove the protective layer.
You have the option of mounting the bronzed shoes on a plaque or base. Some
people prefer unmounted shoes but mounted shoes are the most common.
Bronzed baby shoes make a good gift for parents or grandparents as a reminder of
when their children or grandchildren were tiny babies. They are mementos that
will be appreciated for years to come.
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