|These l’il guys are small enough to fit both in the palm of your hand|
All in all, they were not as challenging as I was concerned they would be, but, to be fair, it took doing them a couple of times to get them as perfect as I could (you’re looking at set #2, ahem…). To that end, I thought that it might be useful to teach you, my readers, how to make these adorable little converse sneakers for yourselves.
So….let’s get started, shall we?
Note: at the bottom of this post is the corrected template for your use; all you have to do is decide the size you want (default is the size I made the shoes with), then print out the template. I recommend you use a nice, sturdy piece of cardboard (like the cardboard from the back of a pad of paper) for the templates; paper is a little too flimsy to get the most accurate cut. Also, if you plan on making more than one set of these cute l'il guys, cover both sides of your template with clear masking tape to keep them from getting damaged.
Step 1: Prep your area.
Make and cut out your templates.
Step 2: Prep your gumpaste.
At this point, you want to make enough 50/50 to have enough for your white pieces and your coloured pieces. Make sure it your pieces are separated and well-wrapped in air-tight coverings while you are rolling and cutting out your pieces, as 50/50 dries quickly. We recommend plastic wrap, ‘press n seal’, or a ziploc bag. If your 50/50 does start to dry out too quickly, you can “rejuvenate” it by re-working it in your hands, using a little bit of vegetable shortening. However, be sure to pick out and discard any hard clumps, as this can ruin your rolled pieces. If your 50/50 gets too soft to work with, usually from the heat of your hands, you can add a little bit of corn starch. BEWARE! If you add too much, you can’t *just* add more shortening until you get it right. After the second time of fixing it, you’re better off just to start with a new hunk of 50/50.
Step 3: Start your engines!
Lightly dust your working surface with cornstarch and roll out a portion of white 50/50 to approximately 1/8″ thickness; cut out two baby shoe soles (make sure one is reversed from the other) and place to the side.
The total time it took me to complete my second go-round with these shoes was about 3 hours.