How to bronze your baby's footprint
Those ten tiny toes are fun to tickle. But you know they're bound to get bigger - and fast! Before your baby's feet hit the ground running, why not capture their precious little size forever. Bronzing his first pair of shoes was popular decades ago, but now, parents can take bronze, gold and silver one step further by creating a 3-D metallic cast of baby's whole foot or footprint.
An array of companies offer prints made cast in bronze. But, those can take several weeks to complete and can cost up to $300 or more. A quicker and cheaper way to do-it-yourself is to cast your baby's foot in plaster and choose a bronze finish paint. It's hard to tell the difference between the print that's made of bronze, and the one that's painted. And, the unexpected bonus: the painted version won't tarnish.Here's all you need to know to make a beautiful bronze keepsake of your precious little one's fabulous baby footprint.
- Newspaper or drop cloth to protect your work surface
- Mold kit that includes bronze (or gold or silver if you desire) finish paint
- A stained pine (other options are walnut, cherry, oak or mahogany) wood or marble base
- Brass name plate (optional)