Originally Posted by arced
Good question! I bought a pair of those Chawner doublemonks that Nerdykarim and norcaltransplant worked their seperate, but equal, magic on. Nonetheless, I'm too inexperienced, lazy, and impatient to attempt it...
The problem with my antiqing job was that I used so much polish the finish cracked every time the shoe bends. If I wanted to keep the finish, I'd have to polish them at least twice a day to keep them looking decent. Yesterday, I spent around 3 hours working on the right shoe...again:
They're slightly darker all around (which I like) and there's a little bit of an accent on the toe cap (which I also like). Best of all, though, the finish stays intact when the shoe bends. I plan on using dark brown on the toe cap and light brown everywhere else when I polish and letting a patina develop quasi-naturally. The picture really doesn't do them justice.
I believe Norcaltransplant lightened his shoes as well, but I'll let him share the new pictures.