Cosplay Tutorial: Making Wart’s Boots

Wart (Arthur) is a character from Disney’s classic, The Sword in the Stone. He was created and animated by the awesome Milt Kahl, and since this is my favourite Disney film, as well as one of my favourite animations, I decided to cosplay Wart in all his three outfits. That involves creating two different pairs of (disney) medieval looking boots, here’s the first pair (:

MATERIALS:

1# Paint Brushes / 2# Matte Varnish / 3# Sandpaper / 4# Hot Glue Gun / 5# Scissors / 6# Acrylic Paint

 

STEP 1# In order to make them you’ll need one pair of short boots in the simplest style you can find. If you can get them in the right colour then perfect! If not, I’ll teach you how to turn them into the right colour. The best model is actually something like this ->
The ones I used were black, but they worked fine just the same.
One thing to keep in mind is this, if you want the boots to look worn and old, you’ll have to roughen them up a bit, I’ll do that by using sandpaper and going over them. Other thing you can do is look for these boots in second hand stores, you might find a few that are already pretty worn (just make sure they’re in your size or a size bigger, don’t go smaller!!)
Buying expensive boots for this is a no no, look for them on e-bay and cheap stores, you don’t want them to hurt your feet but you also want a wallet that isn’t empty. The boots I used were from Parfois.

STEP 2# Now you’re going to start off by drawing guidelines of how you want to cut them by drawing them directly in your boots, I used water soluble colouring pencil because it’s easy to remove later. Just draw a line of how you want them to be, while still adding an inch (since that part will be folded towards the inside of the boots, creating a clean line).
I made mine rounder then the reference picture because I preferred it that way, however, that part is up to you.
(No photos because I didn’t think I would make a tutorial while I was doing this part.)

 

STEP 3# Cut them good! You want the cut to be clean (as clean as you can manage) and the same on both sides, as well as on both boots. After all, making a boot higher than the other isn’t a good thing nay? ~
You can keep the parts that you’ve cut to use on another costume, you never know what you’ll need later on, and one day you might find those little ‘leftovers’ pretty useful!

 

 

 

 

STEP 4# Now you’re going to use the sand paper and go over your boots, this will help making them look worn, as well as making the ink stay on better. Before doing this though, I advise that you use a cotton swab and rub your boots with rubbing alcohol, this will remove sealants and varnishes that will impede the ink of adhering to the boots.

 

 

 

STEP 5# After using the sandpaper and all that jazz, you’re read for the painting business! For this we’re gonna use Acrylic paint in the colour you want (I mixed a few colours because I didn’t have the exact shade of brown I wanted). I advise you to give your boots 2 to 3 layers of ink, that will make the colour stronger, as well as considerably more durable to scratches and rock kicking (though I seriously don’t advise you to do any of that while wearing these). About the acrylic paint, it’s best if you add a bit of water, as well as making sure that the ink dries matte (unless you wish otherwise). You can also use colour variations in the layers that you paint, for example, I used a darker shade of brown for my first layer, then a slightly lighter one, and then in the third and final layer I used  a shade of brown with a bit more black mixed into it, and painted a few areas as if I was shading.

 

 

STEP 6# Now at this stage you’ve got yourself some good looking brown boots, but you also want to make them last, and that’s where varnish comes in.
You can buy these things liquid, in spray or any other forms I’m ignorant off; but buying it also requires that you make a strong decision, do you want your shoes to have a matte, or a shiny finish? I choose mine so that they’d have a matte finish, that is not only more film accurate but also more period accurate as well. However! For one reason or another you might prefer to have them with a shiny finish…and that’s just fine. If you’re using liquid varnish (like me) simply apply thin coats with a brush, ensuring minimum amount of air bubbles or brush hairs stuck in your boot. Matte varnish will apply shiny like in the photo, but it will dry matte! Now leave it to dry for an hour or so.

 

STEP 7# Now you have to hot glue the boots, gluing the ‘seam allowance’ to the inside so that you have a nice, pretty, clean finish. You can also do this part by sewing the ‘seam allowance’ into the inside of the boot, but since I don’t have strong enough needles (and I’m lazy) I decided to hot glue it. Be careful not to burn yourself, plus since hot glue dries fast, do it a section at a time. IMPORTANT! If your boots have several layers (mine have two, the fake leather and the fabric on the inside) hot glue those together first! Otherwise only the last layer will be hot glued to the rest of your shoe. You can also choose to leave the layer of fake (or real) leather longer so that you only have to glue that part to the inside of the boot (probably the best option).

 

TAH DAH ~

You now have your own pair of Wart like shoes, fit for a King!

 

 

 


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