Work in Progress: Shoes for Cixi

9 years, 6 months ago 16


Concept sketches for the shoes.


Wax models of the shoes in the works. I hope to finish the second one by Wednesday and begin molding. It’s probably the most challenging pair I’ve made so far. I’m worried about the mold design and the inject-ability of these molds and hope to find out if they work by the end of the week.  Tonight I’ve got lots of writing to do, but it’s hard, because I can’t stop thinking about these unfinished waxes sitting on my desk.

16 Responses

  1. Jayne says:

    I think WOW just about describes it! These are just stunning. I can’t wait to see Cixi finished :)

  2. Orangey says:

    My words exactly, I was about to say that no matter what you do, my reaction is sure to be a ‘wow’. Incredible! It’s fantastic to see such a unique, new design, they look amazing, I think we can all hardly wait to see the finished shoes and doll~

  3. Maggie says:

    I’m so curious to see and know more about how you make molds. Could you show what materials you use and how you work?

  4. Crystal says:

    I’m amazed at the symmetry that you achieve with 2 separate shoes and 4 sides to each heel! And you do this all by eye!

  5. A fan says:

    Writing …for what?!

    I love the platform shape – very satisfying.

  6. Hazel says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. What a coincidence that you would post Cixi WIPs right now! I -just- finished reading ‘Empress Orchid’ by Anchi Min (which is about the life of Empress Cixi). There was a part in it that described Manchu shoes on platforms, and I immediately thought of your Cixi doll and a comment you made about platformed shoes a while back.
    They’re lovely, as usual. I have no doubt that you can make them work.

  7. Silvana says:

    They are so beautiful. For me, every work you show us I’m amazed.
    hardly wait to see finished Cixi.

  8. How do you do it. I guess no coffee for you.Your hands need to be relaxed and calm. I realy like the last drawing, bottom one.

  9. Astera says:

    All of the designs are absolutely gorgeous. The one you chose seems the most elegant of them all.

    I guess A fan asked the right question…what are you writing? Something related to the ED book?

  10. ranjiangzi says:

    Wow~beautiful flowerpot bottom shoes~they’re different from anyone I have seen,amazing work!
    But I hope you can have a good rest after this work:)

  11. May God always bless your creativity by Marina, I’m fascinated with this shoes. Waooooo.

  12. Hello Annina:
    I hope you read these lines to thank you for the information I got in Spanish on Marina Bychkova, thank you for being so gentle Annina.

  13. Annina says:

    Isabel, you are welcome :)

    i love the wax models Marina, the things you do in wax are so intricate. i wish you did jewelry for people, especially finger rings. i’d love to own and wear a ring by you!

  14. Eiko says:

    It’ll be interesting to see Cixi stand with those shoes ^__^

  15. Ewa says:

    Marina, I wanna be as talented as You are! Shoes are amazing :) I can’t wait to see them on Cixi. Greetings from Poland! :)

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