|Ashanti Keisha by The Keisha Doll Company, 1991|
Ashanti Keisha arrived with bare feet. My written plan upon introducing her here was to make replacement sandals. That task has been completed and is outlined below.
- Foam, two shades of tan
- Piece of corrugated box
- Aleene's Tacky Glue
- Scissors, straight edge and pinking shears
- Scotch tape
- Braiding cord (not shown)
- Something to use as a weight
- Paper clips
What Was Done (Photos follow):
- Keisha's feet were traced onto a piece of corrugated box and the tracing cut out.
- Two pieces of foam were cut out using the cardboard cut-outs as a guide.
- Two rectangular pieces of foam measuring 4-2/8 inches x 1-1/2 inches were cut.
- The rectangular band was wrapped around each piece of foam (the innersoles) allowing the edges to meet underneath and in the middle.
- The wrapped edges of the rectangular pieces were taped to the underside of the innersoles. Then,
- these were glued to the corrugated box pieces and a weight placed on top to hold everything in place while the glue dried.
- Ultimately, jumbo paper clips were opened slightly and clipped to the gaps between the foam innersole and corrugated box sole -- this, however, left the impression of the paper clip, but it should eventually lift.
- Braiding cord was glued around the edge of the soles to fill in the gaps in the cut edge of the corrugated box. This also adds a nice trim.
- Two, 1-inch strips of foam (same color as the band of the sandals) were cut along with two, 1-inch foam strips of a contrasting color.
- One edge of the above-described strips was cut using pinking shears.
- The zigzag edges of the tan strips were joined with those of the strips of contrasting color and glued to the top-mid area of the bands.
|Traced feet onto corrugated cardboard|
|Used cardboard tracing to cut foam innersoles; cut a foam band for each sandal.|
|Foam bands wrapped around innersoles and taped underneath|
|Band-taped foam innersole glued to cardboard soles; a staple gun and coffee mug used as weight to hold glued pieces in place until glue dried.|
|Removed the "weight"; added jumbo paper clips to corners of band and innersole/sole areas. Cut four, 1-inch strips of foam; trimmed one side of each with pinking shears; joined the zigzag edges.|
|Glued the foam strips onto the band.|
|Ashanti Keisha models her new sandals.|
Before deciding to use corrugated cardboard for the soles of Keisha's sandals, Husband and I shopped at Walmart to locate just a small square of cork. He wanted to know why I needed it; so I shared my plan to make these sandals. Walmart had cork in stock in a multipack, more than I needed and more than I wanted to pay.
With Keisha wearing her new sandals, I took her into Husband's, man cave to show him my handiwork. Based on his initial sigh and the expression on his face, I knew he thought I needed him to repair her. Then he saw the sandals and said. "Oh, the sandals. You're getting pretty good at this, with a design on top and all."
I smiled. Then Keisha and I went back to our cubbyhole on the opposite end of the house.