How to make shoe pads

All dolls require shoes. If your dolls do not require them, you are on the wrong page :)

Sometimes you spend a lot of time surfing at internet trying to find the perfect pair of shoes for your doll. Then another one… But it’s really hard because you wish to change up the shoes you found a little. Or you probably wish them in another color. Or in another size. Etc…

Then you get an idea that you can make your own shoes! So you start searching for doll shoe patterns. And you may face with the same problem as well. Ok, if you are ready to make your own shoes, you are probably ready to make a shoe pattern yet.

But before starting to draw shoe designs and make the shoe patterns you have to make shoe pads first. Yourself. Because in this case you will get the best shoe pads, perfectly fit your doll.

As a doll collector, you may know that doll sizes may vary from year of production. 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 your hands!

Ready? Let’s go!

Step 1: making shoe “boots”

For making the shoe pads I need a cling 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 it. And it’s clearly visible do I still have holes in the sealant. I use sunflower oil, but, I think, this is not important.

First of all I check that the doll stands herself. This means that her legs and feet in a right position.

Then I cut off narrow pieces of the wrap and wrap them up around the doll’s legs. This protects the 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 the first. At the second, it doesn’t leave any stains.

After wrapping the doll legs I check that the doll stands herself again.

Next I smear the sealant to the wrapped doll’s legs. 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 same process I took before when I made shoe pads for another doll.

I dip a finger in the oil and gently smooth the sealant surface. I continue until there are no holes left. Then I let the sealant dry for a day.

After that I take off the sealant’s “boots”. It’s not hard. The dry sealant (silicon) can easily turn inside out.

Step 2: making shoe pads

For the next step I need water, a gypsum, wet wood sticks and the silicon “boots”. It do important to have the wood sticks wet because in other case the dry ones will soak the water up 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 sour cream.

Then I carefully 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 like I already did this before.

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 shoe pad sole on it using the shoe pad itself.

I add 2 mm around the edges of the sole. In this case the shoe pads will be a little bit wider than the doll’s feet and this will help to take off the shoes and put them on easily.

Next I cut out the soles and glue them to the shoe pads.

I’ve bought a wall putty and I’m going to apply a thin layer of it to fill all the gaps and holes in the shoe pads.

As you can see, I’ve brought water as well. I wet the fingers and smooth the surface of the shoe pads. The shoe pads have to dry then.

This is a result after a couple of days.

As can be seen, it is necessary to put another layer of the putty.

I think I’ll leave pads at this stage. I don’t need them to be completely smooth, I won’t to sand them also.

What’s the next? I’m going to make a shoe pattern!

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