I start my shoe with a penguin gourd. I cut out what is to be the heal and the sole for the bottom of my shoe. Then the opening for the top of the shoe.
I then cut off the the tail of the penguin gourd.
I glue on the sole of the shoe with a quick drying glue. I like the fast drying glues and have even been know to use finger nail glue, that stuff is strong ::))
I find around ornamental or egg shaped gourd that will fit nicely for the heel part of my shoe. I cut it to fit nicely.
Then I glue on the heel.
This is what you should basically look like above. Not pictured is that I glued the heel to the bottom of the heel part of the shoe.
I fill in with darwi air dry clay. I enjoy this clay for many reasons, it does not have to be baked, can be re-wetten with a wet sanding sponge to fill in cracks and spreads nicely while molding and shaping onto your gourd. I now buy this from Mister Art
I fill in the heel area as well as around the mouth of the shoe.
I sand both with a wet sanding sponge then with a dry piece of sand paper to get it nice and smooth.
I finished up with painting it with black acrylic paint, with a few Mary Jane designs. I seal with Minwax polycrylic sealer. Then to touch it off, I glue on a strap I cut off of a black patton shoe my daughter has out grown.
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