Hello! You might recall that when I unpacked my spring/summer clothes in my March closet swap-over (here), I was devastated to find that some colour had stained my orange and yellow waxed canvas Big Presence Desmonds (picture here). Ruined!
They'd already had quite a bit of wear and tear, just from wearing them - I'd talked to my local Victoria Fluevogologist Katie W. months ago (before the recent staining) about what to do to fix the various marks, scuffs and buff patterns that were marring the waxed fabric, and she suggested crayons. After all, it's a wax finish. I picked up a box of Crayolas ages ago with grand plans, which of course, I never got around to.
I've had the shoes and the crayons sitting out for nearly two months, and today I finally decided to bite the bullet and see if I could fix them, or at least make them presentable and wearable again.
Above, the Before picture...
The After! They are again wearable - the yellow ones came out better, but they had less damage overall. The orange ones are...acceptable.
So, wanna see what I did? Let's take a look at them again. I'm set up on my kitchen counter, with paper towels laid out, and my crayon colour selections chosen.
I've circled two of the spots. Mental note for packing these up in September: wrap each shoe separately.
I dug into our crafting stash and found an unopened pack of nylon-bristled brushes.
I started with the yellow shoes, and chopped off a length of the yellow crayon with a steak knife. Klassy!
I chopped it finely, and transferred the wax to the cup with a cake/pie slicer thingy.
I stirred the wax with a wooden toothpick.
Some Before pictures. One of the spots on the toe of the left shoe.
The outside of the left shoe.
I painted the wax on, gently heating the brush on the bottom of the top pan when it started getting clumpy.
The inside of the right shoe.
The right shoe Afters.
Remember, this is what it used to look like:
Now the orange pair. These pair have always been weird. The right shoe has always been a mess with much softer canvas, wear spots and colour rubbing off.
Same with the outside of the shoe.
The left shoe is nearly pristine in comparison.
I mixed the light orange with the orange red crayon, with more of the lighter orange.
After touching up the left orange shoe.
Here's the Before again.
That's a solid cover job.
After "sanding" them down with my nail, I gave them a vigorous brushing with a soft toothbrush to remove any shininess and smooth down the edges of the wax "patches."
Here's the comparison of the two orange shoes side by side. Not perfect, but fine for another season of wear.
And here we are, all ready for wearing again!
I went find Vizzini for some cuddles and validation.
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