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Bronze Baby Shoes

Updated on October 15, 2014

Preserve Baby Shoes -- Bronze Them!

Bronze baby shoes make a great keepsake. Tiny babies grow up, and frankly, as we all know, they get big.

To remember how little they once were, parents have been having those cute little shoes bronzed for nearly 100 years.

Many companies who do baby shoe bronzing also offer to bronze just about anything else, like pacifiers or baby bottles.

This photo shows a vintage bronze baby shoe made into a bookend. It's a little worse for wear, but I think that adds to the charm!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

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The Bronzing Process

As you might have guessed, baby shoes don't come bronzed. If they did, babies wouldn't be able to wear them. So, parents and grandparents send those adorable little shoes in to a place that magically coats them in bronze (or copper or silver or gold!) to harden them and protect them so they last forever.

The process that is used to apply the bronze metal (or other metal) to the shoes is called electroplating or electroforming. A metal plating machine applies the bronze to the item being coated.

To read more about the plating process, check out the electroforming page on the Dalmar Web site.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

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If the whole process of getting baby shoes bronzed is more than you can handle or want to deal with, here are some ready to go bronze baby shoes.

The vintage charm of the little shoes adds to their appeal!

Get Your Baby Shoes Bronzed - A Special Keepsake

These companies offer baby shoe bronzing service. I have not personally used them but check them out and see if one of them is the right fit to bronze your baby shoes.

Bronze Baby Shoes -- Charms to Wear - Wear baby shoes around your neck!

Do It Yourself Baby Shoe Bronzing -

These materials are listed in the link above for bronzing your own baby shoes.

This process is not actual bronzing like used to be done, but it sounds like the results are similar in appearance.

Baby Shoes for Bronzing - Don't have a baby? Don't have baby shoes? No problem!

If you love the idea of having some bronze baby shoes sitting on your table or shelf but don't have a baby or baby shoes on hand, fear not. Here are some adorable vintage baby shoes that can be yours!

Book Happy, World of Weird Books offers a humorous look at a pamphlet from 1953 on earning a living by bronzing baby shoes:

"Perhaps you think that bronzing

baby shoes is right down there with taxidermy, selling greeting cards or shoes door to door, worm farming, raising chinchillas, or any of the other dismal career-changing come-ons pitched to desperate people

on match covers or in the

back pages of pulp magazines."

Affiliate Disclosure

This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

Do you like bronzed baby shoes?

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    • amazmerizing profile image

      amazmerizing 

      3 years ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

      A cool family heirloom in the making... nice! I want bookends!

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      I always thought bronzed baby shoes looked nifty. We never had any in our family. I'm amazed that you can actually do this process yourself.

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Lee Hansen: What a fun keepsake for your family!

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      No bronzed shoes in my family of 6 kids, but my husband's got his!

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