Easy and cheap!
I looked everywhere on the internet but was not able to find any black shoe polish recipes. So with a little know how about any polish, I set off to create my own. This polish produces a mirror finish on pleather, a matte shine on leather, and a black shmear on the skin.
For this project yo u will need:
•A jar with a lid
•An old candle's wax (I save mine in glass bowls to use for diy), or any wax you can get your hands on.
• Olive oil
• Charcoal (I have a woostove, so I stole some out of it.)
•Double boiler (or an improvised one.)
•Spoon, preferably disposable.
This project cost nothing for me, but if you don't have the supplies it might be a few bucks, tops.
This recipe will not be in measurements because each wax has a different hardness.
Begin by melting enough wax to fill 3/4 of your jar (the jar should have a lid. You can find tins like mine at thrift shops, yard sales, etc. Mine was free...score!) Use a double boiler to melt.
When the wax has melted, add in oil. For soy wax, a small splash will suffice. Beeswax will need more as it is a harder wax.
Now here is the messy part. Grab a good sized chunk of charcoal from your wood stove (if you don't have one, charcoal can be found online), or from a fire pit. Place it in a zip lock bag, or a bowl, and pulverize it to dust.
Add this charcoal powder to the wax until it is a saturated black. Once it is satured, stop adding the powder.
Mix well, and pour into a jar. Place the covered jar in the freezer for 20 minutes or until the wax has solidified. Take out and store away from direct heat or sunlight.
To use, dab some on a rag and buff your black shoes until they shine!
Here's some fun ideas;
Use crayons and oil to match other colored shoes. Make sure to leave out the charcoal.
Use clear wax and oil with a bit of citrus essential oil for a shoe polish that can be used on any colored shoe (or leather, wood, etc.)