3D Doodled Heeled Shoes (From Old Ones)




Introduction: 3D Doodled Heeled Shoes (From Old Ones)

About: I'm co-owner and creator on www.mj2artesanos.es. Along with Miguel, my husband, I enjoy working on something I love in the company of our daughter.

Some time ago I saw a pair of heels made up with a 3D pen and I asked myself whether they would be wearable or were just a concept.

Today I plan to make a pair of shoes based on an old ones, I no longer use. This way I make sure that the holding structure of primitive shoes allows me to wear them, with the subsequent printing only decorative.

I have done this as one of the tests I do for my work in www.mj2artesanos.es, because doing things, outlandish they may seem, is how you learn to use the materials.

Please note that English is not my first language, so please excuse me for the mistakes.

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Step 1: Step1: Materials and Tools.

- A pair of shoes in wich you see posibilities for renewal. (I've chosen an old-heeled sandals, because they had very little grip and I left most of the foot free to decorate.)

- A 3d pen. In my case I used the Yaya3DPen with ABS filament.

- Duct tape.

-Masking tape.

-Diary paper.


-Needle and thread.

-Hot glue gun.


- Sheet of tracing paper.

Step 2: Step 2: Foot Modeling

To draw with 3dpencil , we need a more or less firm base with the shape of the foot, so we use strips of duct tape on the foot (wearing the shoe) to make a mold of the foot.

Carefully take out the foot of the mold. You'll have to get it off its position, but it will stay with the approximate shape and it can be easily replaced.

Step 3: Step 3: Finish the Structure.

With a few pages of newspaper, fill the forefoot and heel to give them some rigidity to support you using the 3D pen.

Cover the duct tape with masking tape, which will facilitate the adhesion of the filament and protect the duct tape from heat, so it will not melt.

Step 4: Step 4: Preliminary Design.

Draw with a marker the approximate design that you will want for the shoe.

Keep in mind that you need to make a border to give the entire structure a certain firmness and not open.

The more connections between the lines in the drawing, firmer will be the final design.

Step 5: Step 5: Print of the Heel.

To begin the touchdown with the way of work, we start to print the heel, since it has less surface and the design is easier.

You have to give multiple passes for each line, so that the whole line is somewhat more resistant.

Step 6: Step 6: Release and Cut.

Once all lines finished, although the drawing seems to be well stuck, it actually looses easily, so we release the impression that we have done from the mold and cut the tendrils that it has at the end of each line.

(And the remaining edges that have not been to our liking).

Step 7: Step 7: Print the Instep.

Repeat the process for printing the instep, starting with the lines that form the edges and following the design to the center of the piece, always stringing lines with each other.

Drop and cut.

(Save the heel and instep designs for use them in the other shoe)

Step 8: Step 8: Gluing With Hot Glue

With a hot glue gun, we stick the pieces in place, taking care not to leave too much silicone in sight. I recommend starting by placing the center and then head to extremes.

In the process it is advisable to do some testing with the shoe in our foot to ensure that the measure has been well. Now is the time to some extent if necessary.

We can take a bead of silicone inside the junction between the workpiece and the shoe, to make it more resistant.

Step 9: Step 9: Cut the Part That Is Not Necessary of the Shoe.

Now that I have the placed pieces, I see there are a couple of bands that I do not need.

It is time to cut any part of the original shoe you consider that does not fit with your design.

Step 10: Step 10: Sew the Design to the Original Shoe.

In my case I left the rubber in the heel and two tires on the toes to grip the foot and avoid the impression that effort, since the movement of the foot would damage it.

Step 11: Step 11: Test.

We can put on the shoe to see if fits well and retouch with the 3Dpen the details we deem appropriate. (Pobably the bonding area have to be retouched to make it more regular and hide the remains of hot glue).

The good news is that we have our first shoe with 3D modeling pen, the bad news is that now we have to make the other one. :)

Step 12: Step 12: Copy Designs.

The heel design can be reused for the other foot, since the shape is very similar.

We need the symmetrical one for the instep.

We extend the mold we used in the other foot and trace the drawing on a sheet of semi transparent paper.

So, once cut, we can turn it around and will still see the drawing. (This sheet also have to be covered with masking tape to stick the filament).

Step 13: Step 13: Second Shoe.

Repeat the same steps that we have done to build the first one, but instead of painting designs use the old mold design in the heel and copied (reverse) of the instep.

Step 14: Step 14: Conclusion.

Although I do not really think that is durable, I've got a shoe that can be used on any festive occasion.

If anyone is encouraged to make their own design, I would be delighted to see it!. Cheer up!

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    2 Discussions

    Penolopy Bulnick
    Penolopy Bulnick

    3 years ago

    Clever idea and good use of a 3D printing pen :)