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June 17, 2011
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Grace Reaper Shoes by Shadow-People Grace Reaper Shoes by Shadow-People
I think these turned out okay for a first attempt at truly modding shoes.

One: I took Draculaura's shoes from the Draculaura/Clawd gift pack (these were the spares. My BFF got two. One set to mod, one set to keep) and hacked them up with my x-acto knife/craft knife. Hack is the wrong word. I carefully shaved off the buttons and heels.

Two: I got nail polish remover and cotton balls to begin cleaning. I believe 100% pure acetone is best when trying to remove paint. Just be careful not to get this on the body of your doll. It will cause damage.

Three: I've wiped the paint off of one of the shoes using acetone. Repeat for the other shoe. Acetone is strong stuff, so wear gloves or it will dry out your skin.

Four: As I have mentioned, acetone is very strong. So to properly wash the harmful chemicals away you need baking soda. Over time, the acetone can shrink/damage plastics. I am sure to do this you would have to be soaking the object in acetone or use quite a bit of it and not clean it. But I am paranoid, so let's clean them anyway.

Five: Submerge your shoes in water and add a spoonful of baking soda.

Six: It's going to bubble a lot. Don't worry, that's just baking soda doing what it loves to do.

Seven: It seems like I have skipped a few steps here! Not really. I just dried the shoes and went back to work. I used clay to form the boot like section of the shoe. Using my x-acto knife I cut away bits of clay I didn't need. Once that was done, I popped these into the oven. Shoes and all. This is not recommended unless you have worked with clay and plastics before. A small amount of clay such as this will scorch if the temp is too high or it is left in the oven too long. I went below the recommended heat of 275, but I cannot remember how much lower. Plastic can and WILL melt if the temp is too high. But no matter what, it will soften in heat so do not be rough with it when it comes out of the oven or you will damage the shape. Let it cool first.

Eight: I forgot to take a picture of priming the shoes. I did a few base coats of white to make sure the pink was thoroughly out of sight before painting the rest of the shoe the right colors.

I think these turned out okay.

You may not be making Grace Reaper's shoes, but this may help you in other areas.
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Avalonnae Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool idea!
ashbet Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013
FWIW, I have found Winsor & Newton Acrylic Brush Cleaner to be the *best* method of removing paint from plastic, vinyl, and resin -- you still want to do the cleanup afterward (with a bit of soap rather than baking powder, because it's a different chemical formulation than acetone), but it makes the color come off very cleanly, with fewer chances of smears/stains. (I once wiped a Ghoulia's lips and had a pink smear on her cheek that I couldn't get off with acetone, but Winsor & Newton took it right off!)

Lovely work, and thank you for the tutorial! (Now I'd love to see Wednesday's snowflake shoes as a reality someday -- I'd think you could use plastic snowflake holiday ornaments as the base!)
Shadow-People Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I heard that winsor isn't the best to use for resin. Or at least soaking resin in it is supposed to be bad. I've never had an issue with acetone leaving stains behind such as the lips! That's very interesting O:

I have recently stopped making MH doll mods though because I can't stand rerooting :/
RosieGirl27 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
They end up looking amazing!!!!
Jackie-Pumpkin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
did you use acrylic paint to colour these? i'm in the process of makin my own custom shoes. this helped alot!
Shadow-People Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Jackie-Pumpkin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks,that really helps!
BeanSproutMomo Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for this lovely tutorial!
I will definitely do the baking soda trick after removing paint.
^___^ )/~♥
BrainyxBat Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I want to use Sweet 1600 Draculaura's shoes for a possible future custom, and this really helps. :D
daphne-devil Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2012
What doll is modeling those shoes in the results cause none have normal skin tone
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