Help a Grieving Widow Find Out How To Preserve a Sign From Her Husband

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In a touching change of pace from what is usually batshit crime news out of Florida, a Shalimar woman named Sally Colburn who lost her husband in May had been waiting for her to send him a sign.


Finally, he did — by way of a heart-shaped potato (not pictured) that she found in a bag she'd bought before he'd died, she told the NFW Daily News. (I totally believe in this shit, by the way. I'm right there with you, Sally.) It's like a more romantic version — or, uh, at all romantic — of the Jesus butthole dog.

“I thought it must be a sign,” she said as she held the wrinkled potato in the palm of her hand. “We’d been married almost 50 years.”

"It’s so unique,” said Colburn, who lives in Shalimar. “Somebody told me to put shellac on it."


This is a good question to ask a bronze casting service, but I just called three, and they are all closed over the weekend. But if you're reading this, Sally, you should try on Monday — there's a bronze casting keepsake service in Sanford that sounds like they might do it. Anyone else who lives in or around Shalimar, please leave suggestions in the comments!

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I texted my friend who used to run a bronze foundry and this is what she had to say:
"There's a big difference between bronzing and casting bronze. Bronzing is not recommended for perishables. Like your baby shoes, it is just dipped in a colored polymer made with bronze dust. The thing is still inside forever. I would suggest casting as a way to immortalize something special.
You can make a polyerethane rubber mold of your beloved spud and then cast it in whatever your heart desires. The cheapest is plaster. Then you can make as many as the mold will let you! Just make sure to brush petroleum jelly on both the tater and the mold as a release agent. You can make a pretty easy card board box mold with rubber you can buy at Michael's, and the plaster too. Sand off the seams with 220 grain sandpaper. You can seal the plaster with linseed oil. It is a strange translucentish off white and will prevent it from staining as much without peeling or chipping later. You could also spray paint instead of oil."
Whew! She thinks Sally should make hundreds. It's not exactly what was asked for, but some great info, and it will keep her busy!