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How to make a Prop 'Glass' Cinderella Slipper (From a Pretzel tub?)

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So for Gangshow this year... I was asked to beg borrow steal or make some very... INTERESTING items... one of which is a 'Glass Slipper'... So I knew no-one that I could beg one off... I knew no-where I could borrow or steal one from... So It looked like I would have to make one... I had looked round the shops for some cheep jelly shoes or maybe a seethrough welly boot... but to no avail... so I sat to thinking... and looking at me in my pit of a room.. was an empty (CLEAN!) Pretzel tub that I had been saving to make a sand water filter with my scouts (uh-oh.... It's ok I bought another barrel of Pretzels!)

So well here is my I'ble I hope it inspires... If it does, and you make one I would love to see what you come up with

Cheerio

Jay
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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Well.. now.. This is all it takes:
  • Large clear plastic tub (I used a Pretzel tub, and a Cashew tub)
  • A shoe to draw arround
  • Newspaper
  • Duct tape
  • Scissors
  • Craft knife
  • Glue gun
  • A LOT of patience
  • Pen/ Pencil

Step 2: Make a template of the sole

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Firstly you need to start making the paper templates... Since I work from the bottom up... I started with the underneath of the shoe...

Some people may have made the heel in one complete D shaped section and then glued it to the sole... but i think my method is alot more stable.

Using the straight bottom edge of the paper, line it up to the bottom edge of the heel...
Make a crease where the heel becomes the arch of the shoe (and mark with a pen)
Then you need to draw arround where the arch becomes the sole (and all the way round to the same point on the other side of the shoe

You *SHOULD* end up with a template like that in image two. I have labled the template so you can easilly see what bit is which :) (I'm nice like that)

Cut out the template and put it to one side.

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kisumu1 year ago
thanks alot needed the instructions for my daughters project
Biggsy (author)  kisumu1 year ago
Let me see a picture when you have made one :D
I can't believe you got such great results from such cheap materials. It's really inspiring.
Biggsy (author)  bathsheba_everdene1 year ago
I think I just got lucky :-)k
jediwhiz32 years ago
wow
Biggsy (author)  jediwhiz32 years ago
Thanks :)
propfreaks2 years ago
Yo, Biggs (I say that in all Star Wars lovingness...),

Great tutorial! Wanted to let you know that I reposted this article on my site, www.propfreaks.com. I'm attempting to put a blog and web tv series together about great prop builders, collectors, lovers, etc...

So, anyway check it out and "like" us!

Thanks again - great work.

- @propfreaks
Biggsy (author)  propfreaks2 years ago
Thanks Prop freaks... Let me have a direct link to the article and i'll take a look :) ... It's prop making time of the year here for me... Since the budget is so tight most of the hard to find or expensive items are made of cardboard etc...

I'bles due to be uploaded (when i get time):

Builders hod
Mjolnir Thor hammer
Prop cocktail drinks
Prop cakes
and a 1950's type press camera....
sgoodman-13 years ago
Silly question, but are they wearable?
Biggsy (author)  sgoodman-13 years ago
not in the current state, but i suppose if you strengthened the heel somehow, added a thicker sole, used different glue, then yes maybe.

Your best bet is probably to use a thicker plastic and heat form them using some sort of template.

calicos3 years ago
This instructable is so cool! Everytime I think I've seen it all on this site, something like this pops up! I cannot wait to make this with my daughter - she is a Cinderella freak as well as a great-geek! (what better combination could you ask for!) Thank you for this instructable! I love, love it!

Oh, and to those who popped in with the history of the 'real' Cinderella fur vs glass shoe/slipper - hey, I loved the info! There was no dissing that I saw; I'm always happy to learn bits of info like that (call me Cliff, er, Cliffette?) and I only think it adds to the fun, I don't think it takes anything away from it. Some people are rude when making those comments, I don't see that here.

Anyway again, GREAT instructable!!!!
Biggsy (author)  calicos3 years ago
Thanks let me asee what you come up with
Pyrocantha3 years ago
Impressive! Probably more comfy than glass,too!
Biggsy (author)  Pyrocantha3 years ago
hehehe i doubt that
very cool. I thought you were going to vacuum mold it around the real shoe somehow. I like the way you did it.
I wonder if you could make these wearable somehow.

And now you have a glass slipper for other prop masters to beg, borrow, or steal. :)
Biggsy (author)  domestic_engineer3 years ago
hehehe aren't others so lucky? ;)

I don't have a vacuum forming device... I would love one though, as it would make things like Easter and such very easy (custom Easter eggs and such)

As for making it wearable, if you used a strong perspex and perhaps heat formed it then you would be along the right lines...
micaours3 years ago
cinderella (cendrillon in french) had no glass slipper but a fur slipper, the mistake come from a bad translation beetwen "verre" (glass in french) and "vaire" (old and forgotten way to say fur in french), the two words are prononce the same way. tjhe original text is "vaire" and not "verre".
okay, I for one, love to hear about the ways words have been mistranslated and then passed along. I do not take it as a 'diss' of the project, which is mahvellous, Darling! really so good.At first I thought the shoe was huge - not sure why- which seemed humourous, but it appears it's shoe-sized. grand.

I like the idea of a fur shoe, also, and we should not resist the truth, but embrace it. :-)

this is quite a bit off-topic perhaps, though it circles around; but "okay"
comes from the french aux quais , which is what would be said about goods that were good to ship: meaning "to the quay"

i would say this project is OKAY!

Biggsy (author)  micaours3 years ago
I don't see why that's relevant here? Most people know Cinderella and the glass slipper and so that is what I made, it is also what I was asked to make on my Prop list

Should that then not be... "hey Biggsy, nice I'ble you have got here [insert some constructive criticism here]"

It's a fairy tale, and being a kind of folk art if it changes in popular use than it's a new version. You can't have a "wrong" version of a folk story.
I suggest you read it again and point out to me where Micaours says this version is "wrong". It is only stated that this version came from a misconception in history.
Biggsy (author)  PaulMakesThings3 years ago
exactly
Eirinn Biggsy3 years ago
There's nothing negative in micaours comment at all, nothing that says that this is wrong or somehow inappropriate. He/she is merely stating a fact, whether or not you choose you take it as a negative comment is entirely up to you.

It is a fact relating to the fairy tale the shoes you made is from and hence i can't see how much more relevant it could be. For one i found it interesting as i didn't know it in the first place.

When that is said - that's some very nice looking shoes.
http://www.snopes.com/language/misxlate/slippers.asp

Here is the real scoop on YOUR fairytale :)
Pretentious much?
mommatouy3 years ago
Love this! As far as comment on fur/glass slipper... Does it really matter? I mean really... It's a fairy tale.. Just say AWESOME job Biggsy and move on.
Biggsy (author)  mommatouy3 years ago
Thanks matey :D
CoffeeWoman3 years ago
You just totally made my day (to make costumes/props with little or no budget)... I'm just trying to figure out how to make them wearable (briefly, of course)... How sturdy is the vamp, roughly? Perhaps using a lucite block for the heel, it could be worn? Awesome, 'ible!!!
Biggsy (author)  CoffeeWoman3 years ago
well, If you perhaps had a proper shoe template then you could get the right size, maybe if you used a perspex sheet and heat moulded it?... I'm not sure mate... they're not very strong at all, but well im glad you liked it :)
Amazing. Gus and Jaq would be so proud =)
For those who don't know, Gus and Jaq are Cinderella's mice =)
Biggsy (author)  cdawisconsin3 years ago
lol glad you like ti
farzadbayan3 years ago
Really great & awesome !
Biggsy (author)  farzadbayan3 years ago
hehe thanks
canida3 years ago
Wow, with the hot glue that looks great!

I was wondering if you were going to heat-shrink the pretzel tin over your shoe mold, but this looks much easier.
Biggsy (author)  canida3 years ago
I suppose if you had a vacuum shrink machine that would work also.,.. but there would still be some seam glueing... I don't have access to one of those machines so this was CERTAINLY alot easier
bruno130693 years ago
The swirled effect helps to hide any possible overgluing on the edges.
Very nice looking Cinderella slipper!
Biggsy (author)  bruno130693 years ago
Yeah, it doesn't hurt to trim the edges though
happyjo3 years ago
So creative! :D
Biggsy (author)  happyjo3 years ago
Thanks Jo :)
Dr. Pepper3 years ago
Cool.
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