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Shoe Antiquing

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by RIDER, Oct 1, 2007.

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  1. Virginia Dandy

    Virginia Dandy Well-Known Member

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    Great post, Ron. Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to seeing how these end up.

    BTW - nice "mad scientist in his shoe lab" look - rather jarring to someone used to seeing you so well turned out in the shop.
     
  2. nmoraitis

    nmoraitis Well-Known Member

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    Wow, those are looking very sharp!
     
  3. Leaveitothexperts

    Leaveitothexperts Well-Known Member

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    somewhere in the process I was thinking "you didn't just do that", but the later pictures so far are making me realize, "Yes he did".

    Anyway, looking forward to seeing the finished "product" . . .
     
  4. grimslade

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    Great post, Ron. Thanks for going through the trouble.
     
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    Yes, terrific post, Ron, and timely, what with all the amateur experiments. You mentioned deglazer -- where is it sold?
     
  6. Leaveitothexperts

    Leaveitothexperts Well-Known Member

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    Yes, terrific post, Ron, and timely, what with all the amateur experiments. You mentioned deglazer -- where is it sold?


    I presume this is what he may be talking about

    http://www.montanaleather.com/linc180.htm
     
  7. NorCal_1

    NorCal_1 Well-Known Member

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    nice! now I won't have to do my 'mad experiment' tutorial and teach all those bad habits I learned through trial and error [​IMG]

    as far as durability, I've had to go back and add more layers to the first two pairs I experimented on, and mainly in the vamp area. The toes and heel and the rest of the shoe was fine and still looks fine after a few months of wear (time will tell)

    the good thing is that once you understand the dyeing process, it's easy to fix mistakes

    keep the posts coming, Ron
     
  8. Roger

    Roger Well-Known Member

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    Wonderful, Ron. As a guy who has tempted fate several times with antiquing projects (and experienced the terror), I really admire your technique...and results. I particularly agree with your assertion earlier that "proper preparation is everything." I think that the projects that went less well for me were ones where I just jumped in too quickly without doing the requisite thinking, planning, and preparing.
     
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    WOW. Thanks so much for the educational posts, appreciate the effort!

    Regards, Azam.
     
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    Like the 1st shoe, I am at awe. I have to find that shoe I wanted done.
     
  12. RIDER

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    Another early morning....final coats applied to Lobb shoe - will get some finish shots done when I buff it out.

    While waiting for one of the coats to dry, got started on an interesting custom job for a regular client....not so much the finish but I am carving off the top grain all around the medallion....getting to a real casual, beat up finish for denim.

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    razor blade to carve away the grain leaving a rough finish and a metal file, heavy grit, to rough up the upper so the darker dye settles in in swirls.
     
  13. Virginia Dandy

    Virginia Dandy Well-Known Member

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    With respect to my earlier "mad scientist in his shoe lab" comment. QED.

    Not my cup of tea - but an interesting technique. You may want to cross-post this over in SW&D.
     
  14. grimslade

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    I think we should make blue masking tape on the soles a new fad. It'll be like those cars with the neon lights running beneath the running boards. Everyone will have to have it. Let's go!
     
  15. NorCal_1

    NorCal_1 Well-Known Member

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    we need a new thread called "Extreme Makeover - Shoe Edition" to show off good examples of antiquing jobs done right
     
  16. william

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    I'm looking forward to seeing the Lobbs finished and waxed.

    Ron... I'm thinking a tan pair of C&J from Plal could be coming your way from me soon.
     
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    I think we should make blue masking tape on the soles a new fad. It'll be like those cars with the neon lights running beneath the running boards. Everyone will have to have it. Let's go!

    I'm on board!
     
  18. grimslade

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    I'm on board!

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  19. lefty

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    That blue tape wears pretty quickly.

    It should be protected with a topy.

    lefty
     
  20. sartort

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    we all know that shoes are not meant to be worn, only photographed for the shoe damage thread. the blue tape is just an extra precaution against dust.
     

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