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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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:iconavalonnae:
Avalonnae Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very cool idea!
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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!)
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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 :/
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RosieGirl27 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2013
They end up looking amazing!!!!
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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!
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Shadow-People Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup!
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Jackie-Pumpkin Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thanks,that really helps!
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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.
^___^ )/~♥
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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
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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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Shadow-People Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats a custom skin tone. It used to be Ghoulia, but she has been airbrushed a different color.
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Pheradona Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
*how is it possible*
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Pheradona Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
What does the Baking poweder/soda whit the shoes is you you put it in warm water i think en than baking power there in ........ and than its white huh :amazed: wow can that....??
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Shadow-People Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Could you rephrase the question please?
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:iconpheradona:
Pheradona Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
what does the baking powder with the shoes
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Shadow-People Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It cancels out the chemicals in the acetone which can damage the plastic.
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rainbow1977 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Thanks for taking the time to do this!!! I've been wanting to play around with shoes for a while, and this will help a lot.
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Phantomheiko Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
I'm curious what does the baking soda do to the shoes?
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Shadow-People Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The baking soda will cancel out the chemicals in the acetone. Too much acetone (if 100%) can warp/ruin the plastic. It is unlikely that this amount will cause too much damage, but better safe than sorry.
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Loivissaxxx Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I had washed my doll head with soap after the acetone but before the baking powder. The head went sticky do you know what will fix the sticky. I think because soap and baking powder are bases and the acetone is a acid so I need another acid perhaps ?
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Shadow-People Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have never actually run into this problem because I either always used baking power or just rinsed really well without it. Unfortunately, I can't think of much that could save the head. If the surface looks alright and is just sticky, perhaps a matte non-acetone based (you have to check) sealer could fix it.
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Phantomheiko Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
Oh okay thank you.
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Phantomheiko Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
I meant baking powder not soda
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john-monsterhigh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Shadow People look-I have a better way to make shoes for dolls pege paper and glue and a little water with your hands and lock better than I think I have helped to use clay
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Shadow-People Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Neat. This is just the first thing I thought of.
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john-monsterhigh Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011
Shadow People look-I have a better way to make shoes for dolls pege paper and glue and a little water with your hands and lock better than I think I have helped to use clay
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MHAnimeluv Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011
Thx - this'll really help when i start making oc's.
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GothicKitta Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011
My goodness they look completely different! You did a wonderful job, it's hard to believe the finished results were actually draculauras shoes! Nice work. I wouldn't trust myself xD
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Shadow-People Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was pretty worried too XD. Next time I think I will try materials that molds are made out of. They stay stretchy after it's baked.
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chaoticlatina Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student General Artist
SUPER FREAKY FAB! <3
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Shadow-People Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you~ I wasn't sure if it would work. But it turned out great.
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chaoticlatina Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student General Artist
I noticed! GANBATTE! :heart:
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WolfyWolf55 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
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WolfyWolf55 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Can you make Wolfy here shoes?
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Shadow-People Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Shoes are not free D:
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WolfyWolf55 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
how much?
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Shadow-People Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It depends on what kind of shoe you want, do you have pictures. Send me a note.
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WolfyWolf55 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
In fact i do got pictures! they are boots (ghoulias boots):o
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Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
The can says Baking Powder.
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Shadow-People Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Baking powder contains baking soda, but the two substances are used under different conditions. This only matters when cooking. So in the sense of doll mods, ect baking powder = baking soda.
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Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Interchangeable does not mean identical.
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Shadow-People Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I said in this particular sense. They will have the same effect and get the job done.
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Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Like TNT and dynamite?
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Shadow-People Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
If one person says TNT and the other said dynamite and they are still thinking of the exact same thing, then yeah, sure, why not?
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MissKimmyChaotic Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
EEEEEeeeeee these look sooooooo amazing!!!!! :iconlainloveplz: You'd better know that after seeing this, you can expect me to harass you to make more stuff for me in the future haha :glomp:
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Chizeropa Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Student General Artist
Nice job! If I were doll I would so wear these!
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peskypixie81 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
this is awesome! thanks for the tutorial!
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