Kill Bill ***** U shoes

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joshslayton

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So we all know that Quentin Tarinteno is a genius and Kill Bill is my second favorite movie of his with Pulp fiction being my first. So when tested came out with a video on how they made there own F**k U shoes I wanted to follow in their foot steps no pun intended.
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So the first step was getting the shoes and it wasnt that hard to begin with. Asics actually sells a pair that are about 98% accurate and I found a pair on Amazon for 85$. But I couldn't find a pair anywhere that has my size im a size 11" and the only pair that was the right color was a size 14". So these are just going to be for display only which is what I intended it to be. Maybe someday if i find any ill make a new pair in my size.

Anyways when I got the shoes I cut off the soles with an exacto knife and scaled the *F**k u print that I downloaded from tested
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Next was to make a dump mold of the shows but apparently part of the silicone I used didn't cure all the way. Good thing I didnt waist as much silicone as I could have. Im guessing that theres something in the soles that's prohibiting the silicone to cure. Not completely sure why this is happening but next time ill pray the shoes with a matte clear coat and some mold release
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Then I cut out the f**k u letters out of 1/4 sintra. I think that 1/4 is too think but I ccan fix that along the way
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Thats all for now but stay tuned for more!
 

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d_jedi1

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Ha! I saw the film in theater but I missed that detail.
Looking forward to seeing this project complete.
 

Apollo

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Shame they are for display only! :lol

I still wear mine occasionally with my GOD Tracksuit that I bought in 1978.
 

cavx

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I've never noticed that on the soles of her shoes. Very cool.
 

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lovelyandy

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Has anyone ever managed to track down the brand of motorcycle helmet the bride wears? im helmet daft, dont mind having to paint it myself i just want to locate it, and days of internetting haven't helped.
 

joshslayton

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Got some progression. Started molding the soles and the F**k u. Then I casted two souls and another set of letters out of fiberglass resin.
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Theres a little air bubbles that need to be filled and cleaned up but its not bad.
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cavx

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I watched the film the other night. It is actually pretty clear as she walks over the glass floor.

Your soles are looking good.
 

joshslayton

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Update: well apologies for the few months of silence on this build I had to put this project on hold for a while because I had to finish some commissions. But ive finally got back to this build with determination to finish it!

So what I did so far is I cut the letters out of the cast sole and then made a dump mold. I used mold max 40



Then I got some reo flex 40 to cast the soles. This is what frank ippolito used when he made a pair for tested.com so Id thought id give it a try.



The first casting came out as a dud but it was good for a test piece. The second came out better but im still not sure how durable this urethane rubber will be so im going to be testing these out

Heres some close up shots of the soles.





If anybody has any suggestions or tips id love to hear them!



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cavx

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If anybody has any suggestions or tips id love to hear them!
Does the polyurethane you are using specify a shore hardness? For a shoe outer sole, ideally around A65 is good. A65 is soft enough to grip and hard enough to give good wear.

It would have been totally awesome if you have been able to keep the tread in between the cutouts of the letters. Very hard to do no doubt.

If I was to do this, I'd cast the letters and sole separately like you have, then trace the letters onto the sole and use a rotary tool to grind down the tread inside the lines rather than cut them out with a knife. The cast letters should then fit in the cutouts, leaving the tread intact right to the edge line. Then mold and cast that.

It is still a very good job, so well done to get it this far. I think an open back mold is fine for flat shoe soles.
 
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joshslayton

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Does the polyurethane you are using specify a shore hardness? For a shoe outer sole, ideally around A65 is good. A65 is soft enough to grip and hard enough to give good wear.

It would have been totally awesome if you have been able to keep the tread in between the cutouts of the letters. Very hard to do no doubt.

If I was to do this, I'd cast the letters and sole separately like you have, then trace the letters onto the sole and use a rotary tool to grind down the tread inside the lines rather than cut them out with a knife. The cast letters should then fit in the cutouts, leaving the tread intact right to the edge line. Then mold and cast that.

It is still a very good job, so well done to get it this far. I think an open back mold is fine for flat shoe soles.
Im using a urethane rubber thats 40A hardness to test things out a bit but I think Im gonna get a urethane thats 60A hardness

The plan first was to do what you said but grinding the tread out took longer than expected so I went the lazy route and cut them out instead




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cavx

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Im using a urethane rubber thats 40A hardness to test things out a bit but I think Im gonna get a urethane thats 60A hardness

The plan first was to do what you said but grinding the tread out took longer than expected so I went the lazy route and cut them out instead






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One of the best tools to grind rubber is a ceramic stone bit (not the emery sanding wheels, as they clog up) and I like the bullet tapered stones because you can get into tight corners.
 

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