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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Making Elsa from Frozen's Shoes

Greetings peeps! Amber has been working on her latest cosplay and in her infinite generosity has done a breakdown of how she has created the shoes.
Without further ado, and in her own words, here is "Making Elsa's Shoes":

So I searched for ages to find a good base shoe for Elsa, purchased the perfect pair and they were too small and I couldn't find any more in my size! I ended up buying a pair with a good heel height in the sale at a local shop and working from there. I wanted to create a translucent frosted look without the shoes being transparent (I have awful feet which usually rarely venture out of my Dr Martens) This was my solution!

Elsa Shoes

I picked a low heeled shoe with a nice matte finish fabric, this helped all the later paintwork adhere properly and reduced the risk of cracking.

Elsa Shoes

Next I cut out a huge chunk in the middle with leather scissors and a stanley knife. I made the shapes soft as I find those toe and heel shoes look freaky and I need a bit more support with my high instep.

Elsa Shoes

Next I painted the cut sections with a little acrylic paint to seal them and I filled in all the loose ugly bits with some Fimo Air Light which I had. It is an extremely light air drying clay which is fabulous for a whole range of uses.

Elsa Shoes

Here you can see the detail where I smoothed out the join between the two cut sections. I could have just bought a pair that didn't have this section in but I was trying to keep costs down and was more concerned with how pointy the toes were and heel shape. Anyway!

Elsa Shoes

Next I cut out my additional shapes out of leather. I referenced the official artwork and the concept art too. I actually preferred the shapes to the concept art so my shoes reflect that.

Elsa Shoes

I used a contact adhesive meant for leather to attach the pieces to the shoes, I tried them on and checked for fit before glueing.

Elsa Shoes

You can see the side detail here and how I also painted the whole lot with acrylic. I also spray painted the soles with silver paint at this point too.

Elsa Shoes

Elsa Shoes

Silver! Just a couple of coats of silver paint later and they are starting to take shape.

Elsa Shoes

So here I used the old Fimo Air Light again and applied it to smooth the join along both the front and back edges. I left a little bit of the jagged edge in and gently tooled the surface with the end of a paintbrush sweeping from the toe backover.

Elsa Shoes

I gave the shoes another coat of silver and then started layering on the acrylics. I blended a nice turquoise and applied that along with coats of white until I had a look I was happy with.

Elsa Shoes

Here you can see the detail on the heels and that frosted effect.

Elsa Shoes

Toe closeup! I added a very light mist of silver here to blend the colours a little.

Elsa Shoes

And finally the most important stage! I wanted this translucent effect but needed something flexible. I had seem some lovely shoes online that someone had made using resin which were amazing but I haven't worked with it nor do I have the monies to try. So I pondered other transparent and translucent materials and came up with clear silicone. I have a great supplier nearby and picked up a couple of tubes of clear silicone for a couple of pound each. I still have one unused so you don't need much!

Elsa Shoes

I squeezed a load of the clear silicone out onto a paper place and applied it with a brush, carefully applying it to all the surfaces of the shoe. I worked on the toe parts and heels separately so I didn't have too much silicone out at once.

Elsa Shoes

When the first section was finished but still tacky I scattered on a little white glitter. It sticks great to the surface of the silicone and gives a lovely frosted finish.

Elsa Shoes

Elsa Shoes

Elsa Shoes

Elsa Shoes

Elsa Shoes

And here they are!

8 comments:

  1. That's oh so awesome. I hope you like the reddit hug of death.

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  2. Hi would you be willing to share the pattern you used to cut out the leather pieces?

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    1. Alas, there is no pattern for the Elsa shoes. The leather was cut by eye since we needed to take on board the shape and size of the shoe and all are different.

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  3. Absolutely beautiful! Well done! I was just wondering... Are the shoes (with the Fimo on) flexible, does the Fimo flex as you walk? Thanks.

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! Well done! Just wondering... Is the Fimo flexible when wearing the shoes? Thanks

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    1. Tanith, Fimo is not flexible, being an air dry clay. It is however, easy to work with, light and relatively inexpensive, which made it our preferred material for working with until such a time as we discover something better (probably something more flexible, assuming it is not prohibitively expensive to use).

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