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Reply #30 - 5th Sep, 2013 at 4:08pm
 
All the jewels have been attached to the silk fabric. Notice that this bow on the Witch's Shoes (size 5B ruby slippers) is straight, whereas Dorothy's Shoes (size 6B ruby slippers) has a bit of curve on the wings of the bow, as displayed on the first page of this thread.

The number of bugle beads on the Witch's Shoes is different to Dorothy's Shoes because they were basically placed on the bow using "put them where they fit" approach by MGM. 

Now all I need to do is attach this piece to leather, and I have a quality replica of a bow, a gem of a bow made by a Lao girl.




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Reply #31 - 6th Sep, 2013 at 12:41pm
 
The finished ruby slipper bow, check it out in comparison with the bows that Judy Garland as Dorothy wore in The Wizard of Oz. It looks pretty much identical.

I take great pride in making sure the jewels are perfectly aligned, particularly the rhinestones that makes the pattern of the bow. I always allow some extra edge beyond the rhinestones so that there is a bit of silk fabric, this is exactly the way the bows on the original ruby slippers were made too.

I didn't want to dye the leather red and leave it as it is, simply because I want it to be visible on the sides and not camouflaged with the fabric. The face of the bow is more important because this is where people look and I'm very satisfied with the result.



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Reply #32 - 6th Sep, 2013 at 3:25pm
 
These are some quality hand-sewn ruby slipper bows that would impress MGM costume designer Gilbert Adrian. The first thing that you will probably notice is that the color of each bow looks different. You're right.

The original ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz were created in slightly different colors, so with that in mind, we need to adjust the color of our bows accordingly so that it matches the color of our ruby slippers.



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Reply #33 - 8th Sep, 2013 at 12:46am
 
I didn't know it was in different colour in the movie. I think we can spot it out in 'The Wizard of Oz in 3D'.
By the way anybody is watching the movie in this week?
Anyway I cannot watch it in my living town, but I hope it will come to my local cinema soon.

If anybody watched it on IMAX Screen, I hope you will share the fun Wink
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Reply #34 - 8th Sep, 2013 at 7:57am
 
I read Rhys Thomas's book about the ruby slippers, and they were created in different colors so that they would display as red in the movie.

Color in those days required a lot of lighting on the studio sets in order for them to appear as the desired color on film, and they had to make sure the ruby slippers used in close-ups and distant shots still gave the red effect.

Judy Garland's checkered gingham dress was another example of this. The blouse and checks in the gingham was subtle pink so that it turned out white in the movie. 1930's Technicolor system was a great invention. The movie is so old, yet so clear and colorful.
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Reply #35 - 9th Sep, 2013 at 3:24pm
 
I spent all day sewing and I also started on another bow. I still have a long way to go before this one is done, but it's looking nice so far.

See how neat and straight the rhinestone montees are stitched to the silk fabric? Presentation is very important when making bows because it is the main focal point of the ruby slippers. 



Sewing rhinestone montees on the ruby slipper bow


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Reply #36 - 10th Sep, 2013 at 3:07pm
 
The rhinestones we use is identical to the rhinestones on the bows on the original ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.

The face has a hexagonal shape, and the four silver colored claw or prong is rounded just like they appear on the original bows. The prong on the original bows has turned black due to it's old age. You can see the edges of the fabric fraying on the original bows which is normal after 75 years. You can also see the thread still holding the jewels firmly in place.




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Reply #38 - 19th Sep, 2013 at 1:11pm
 


Three sets of ruby slipper bows, all painstakingly hand-sewn and
paying attention to detail using the same technique as MGM.


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Reply #39 - 19th Sep, 2013 at 4:26pm
 
It looks marvelous so far
Therefore, You are making three pair of ruby slipper?
And I see those pair of bows are not in same pattern design. The pair in top I cannot see. The pair in middle is designed vertical pattern. And the pair in bottom is horizontal pattern.

By the way, Is there a pair of ruby slipper in the glass cage bottom?

And... Too many idea...
Why don't you try other colour? I would make one pair in diamond version for my future wife's wedding dress. I don't know the Lao's cultural, so it may be in other form of colour. Is it a good idea?
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Reply #40 - 19th Sep, 2013 at 6:53pm
 
That's a beautiful picture of Judy Garland.

The bows may look slightly different but they are all created in the same pattern, that's how the originals were made.

There is no limit on the number of pair of ruby slippers that I will be making, it's my passion and my dream. I am still young and I plan to continue making them for many decades to come.

As for colour, I prefer to keep it red or close to it. I don't think that I will ever make slippers in diamond, gold or any other colour. I specialize in exact replicas only.
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Reply #41 - 23rd Sep, 2013 at 8:17am
 
This is the original bow on the size 5B ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy. If you look closely, you'll notice that the pattern and probably the number of the bugle beads on the left and right side of the bow is different. 

The bows were made very haphazardly just for the movie, and MGM didn't think that anyone would ever be looking at them up close, so the bugle beads were sewn into place without any real pattern in mind. As long as they shine and sparkle when filmed then it met their particular needs.



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Reply #42 - 24th Sep, 2013 at 8:00pm
 
The bows look wonderful. You see, the picture "original-bow-on-the-size-5b-ruby-slippers" shows the structure is a little bit different between yours bows. I'm not going to make any offend mean. let's see the difference from the cross-section A and yours. I don't know the current structure have changed by the time, poorly maintained or it is the original design, but I see the different.
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The drawing is not very well. I don't have a professional drawing software in my computer. It is drew by Paint...
Anyway, you have done the fine work so far. Hope to see your completed work soon.
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Reply #43 - 25th Sep, 2013 at 5:24am
 
The rhinestones do not angle on the foil back stones, but sit close to each other. The original bows today are very old and they look different to when they were first made by MGM.

You're looking at a bow that is over 75 years old so some of the jewels may be slightly out of place, or even missing on some bows. When I make the bows, I try to replicate what they used to look like when they were worn by Judy Garland as Dorothy in 1939, and not how they appear today.




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Reply #44 - 28th Sep, 2013 at 7:04pm
 
Dorothy's size is 5B.  Is this European or US size? Roll Eyes
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