Dollhouse hobbyists often use polymer clay to fashion dollhouse accessories, such as dishware, home decor items and even tiny fake food. You can also use it to make shoes for larger fashion dolls, such as Barbie. Sold at craft stores, polymer clay comes in a variety of colors, typically in 2-ounce packages. Instead of being baked in a kiln, polymer clay creations are baked in an oven.
Tear off two equal-sized pieces of clay, one for each shoe. Look at a Barbie doll's feet and estimate how much clay you need in order to make the type of shoe you intend to fashion.
Massage each piece of clay between your fingers to make the clay pliable.
Wipe a thin layer of vegetable oil on the Barbie doll's feet. This will prevent the clay from sticking to her feet when you shape the shoes.
Press one piece of the clay on the bottom of one of her feet, and shape the shoe. Use a toothpick to help you shape and design the shoe. Make it so that the foot will slip in and out of the shoe.
Set the finished shoe aside, and make the second shoe with the other piece of clay. It should look similar to the first shoe.
Place the finished shoes on a cookie sheet and heat them in an oven according to the instructions on the clay package. Normally, this is 275 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove the shoes from the oven and allow them to cool thoroughly. Depending on the room temperature, they should be sufficiently cool within an hour.
Wash the Barbie doll's feet with soap and warm water to remove the oil. Dry her feet before you put the cooled shoes on them.
- "The Dollhouse Collector"; Vivenne Boulton; 1992
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