Can you briefly detail the steps you took to do this?
Amazing work! I would have an interest in learning the steps as well.
Beautiful work. If you do reveal your method, this should be stickied as the definitive antiquing thread.
I accept Paypal......
You should start an 'antique-ing' service.
I've done this for years.....just never mentioned it here, I don't think. It takes me about 2-4 hours per pair and I charge $100-$200, depending on the time. I started doing this type of work about 15 years ago when Church's opened a shop in Baltimore and they did not sell cordovan shoes, and only a few dark brown models. Customers would bring new shoes up to our shop (we had a regular street shop and the best shoe repair in Baltimore based out of the basement in the downtown area) to be dyed darker as most of the models they sold were tan or black. It was always just side cash for me and something to do on Saturdays when we had little or no business. One time I really botched a guys' shoes and I thought for sure I would have to buy him a new pair, but he ended up liking them and brought me more to 'screw up'. I thought it was pretty cool and started playing around with different things....kind of taught myself. Of course now it's called 'patina', or 'antiquing', or 'verigated'....then it was just a mistake.
Really, doing 'antiquing' work is easier than plain finishes....don't have to hurry as much. And now that I have hired a salesman and am not traveling much at all, I am around the shop here more and doing these things in a more 'visable' way. Never really stopped though.
Maybe I will put together something with pictures on the process....I don't know, though - took me a long time to learn myself.
Wow, you can call those "Riderlutis"...
But then I would have to find a way to get the finish to crack! Can I charge more for that?