All dolls require shoes. I’ve rarely seen barefoot dolls. If your dolls do not require shoes, you are at the wrong page :)
Thus you spend a lot of time surfing to find perfect pair of shoes, then another one… But it’s hard sometimes because you wish to change shoes you found a little. Or you probably wish them in another color. Or in another size. Or…
Then you get an idea that you can make your own shoes! So you start to search for shoe patterns for dolls. And you may face with the same problems as well. Ok, if you are ready to make your own shoes, probably you are ready to make s shoe pattern yet.
But before starting to draw shoe designs and make the shoe pattern you have to make shoe pads first. Yourself. Because in this case you will get the best shoe pads. Not from a somebody’s doll similar in size with yours but from your own doll. As a doll lover you may know that doll sizes may vary from year of production. However, this applies not only to shoes, but also doll bodies. For example, American girl dolls of past years are slightly wider than modern ones. But lets’ back to the shoes. If you decide to make shoe pads, you can also do them to your liking. Someone likes a tight-fitting shoe, but someone needs a loose one. Everything in you hands!
Ready? Let’s go!
Step 1: making shoe “boots”
For making the shoe pads I need a wrap, scissors, a silicone sealant, an oil and, of course, a doll. I use the black sealant thus I can see how I cover doll’s legs with the sealant and do I still have holes in sealant. I use sunflower oil but, I think, this is not important.
I check that the doll stands herself. This means that her legs and feet in right position.
I cut off narrow pieces of the wrap and wrap them around doll’s legs. This protects doll’s legs against stains. But my experience shows that I can miss this step. The silicone sealant I use can be easily removed from the resin at first. At second, it doesn’t leave any stains.
I check again that the doll stands herself after the previous step.
Next I put the sealant to doll’s legs and feet. I try to cover tightly the entire surface.
Unfortunately, my camera’s battery run out after this step, so I’ll show pictures of the process I took before when I made shoe pads for another doll.
I dip a finger to the oil and gently smooth the sealant. I continue until there are no holes left. I let the sealant dry for day.
I take off the sealant’s boots. It’s not hard.
Step 2: making shoe pads
For the next step I need water, a gypsum, wet wood sticks and the silicon “boots”. It’s important to have the wet wood sticks because the dry ones will take water from the gypsum mix and thus you will get cracks on the shoe pads.
I pour the water into the gypsum and mix. The mix have to be like a cream sour.
Then I pour the mix into the “boots”, insert the wet sticks and allow the mix dry.
The gypsum mix has dried, and I can proceed to the next step.
I take off the silicon “boots” from the dried gypsum shoe pads.
Then I pull out the wood sticks, apply a glue on them and glue them into the remaining holes.
Step 3: make the shoe pads nice and useful
Next I take a piece of a cardboard and draw the pad sole on it using the pad itself.
I add 2 mm at the edges of sole. In this case the pads will be a little bit wider than doll’s feet and this will help to take off and put on the shoes easily.
Next I cut off the soles and glue them to the pads.
I’ve bought a wall putty and I’m going to apply a thin layer of it to fill all the gaps.
As you can see, I’ve brought a water also. I wet the fingers, and this allowed me to smooth the surface of the pads.
This is a result after a couple of days.
As can be seen, it is necessary to put another layer of putty.
I think I’ll leave pads at this stage. I don’t need them completely smooth, I won’t sand them.
What’s the next? I’m going to make a shoe pattern!