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Unread 10-21-2012, 02:53 PM   #1
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Help with Miku shoes!

I hope I put this in the right place. This is my first time posing in the forums and I am still a novice at cosplaying. ^^;;

I am currently finishing up my racing queen Miku cosplay for Youmacon and all that is left is her shoes. I wanted to be as accurate as possible, but also wearable so I decided to buy a pair of clear, high-heeled shoes and make the heel look similar buy shaping it with air-drying clay. Sounded easy enough. Boy was I wrong. The clay is cracking, uneven, and falling apart. I've tried sanding it down, which didn't do anything, and putting a smooth layer of clay on top, which didn't even stick when left sit for two days... My latest idea was to cover it in duct tape to get the smooth effect i want before paining them... but the duct tape wont stick and bunches up when it does.

Has anyone else made custom heels like this before or have any idea on how to get a smooth(er) finish without the shoe falling apart or breaking my bank account? .___.;; Any and all help is highly appreciated!

Here is some pictures of what I have done so far:

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j3...AE78B779DB.jpg

http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j3...AE73DF12B4.jpg

And this is what the shoes are supposed to look like:
http://i83.photobucket.com/albums/j3...B053744D57.jpg
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Unread 10-22-2012, 12:51 PM   #2
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Air dry clay shrinks when it dries, that's why it cracks if you form it over rigid things.

I'd probably either use spray foam & carve it, or build it up with cardboard then bondo the whole shebang and sand like mad.
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Unread 10-23-2012, 03:25 PM   #3
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Well, that explains a lot. lol I had never used it before but I guess I should have done a little more research before jumping into it.

Thank you for the suggestions! Do you think it would work if I just put the bondo over the already dry clay? Or would i be better off breaking off the clay and doing the cardboard then bondo? I feel like I would fail horribly at spray foam. ^^;; hahah.
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Unread 10-23-2012, 11:31 PM   #4
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id prob break the clay off first. itll give it a better surface to start w
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Unread 10-24-2012, 07:19 AM   #5
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Lemme just throw my two cents in there about spray foam. I use it A LOT in tons of different applications and its pretty simple to work with.

I would personally say bondo is harder to work with than spray foam. The great thing about spray foam/expandable foam is that you can always carve away at it until you get exactly what you want for a shape. If you screw it up you can always add more foam.

Fair warning foam will leave little gaps and spaces but they can easily be filled in with paper mache, clay or I have even used hot glue in a pinch before.

Here are a few tutorials on it...

http://youtu.be/bn_RosA4uFc

http://www.kamuicosplay.com/2010/10/...ding-foam.html
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Unread 10-24-2012, 04:35 PM   #6
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yes, definitely remove the cracking clay before venturing forward. you should be able to soften it up by soaking them in water.
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Unread 10-24-2012, 06:59 PM   #7
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Thanks for the help everyone!

Hmm, maybe I will try the spray foam. The videos you linked made it look simpler than I thought it would be, and easier to fix. Is there a certain kind of you would recommend? Like for cracks or insulating windows and doors?
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