|Miranda and Timothy during Week 2 of Dancing on Ice|
|Harriet, Miranda and Timothy during Week 3 (Disco week) of Dancing on Ice|
Lisa Hartley made the boots and after looking up a few methods online, my girl and I decided that making the blades with wood was probably the best solution when we don't have all the tools or materials needed to make metal blades.
So out came my stock of lolly sticks, we also ate had some ice creams of a certain brand which have shaped wooden lolly sticks for the blade mounts on the bottom of the boots.
I used the bigger Gotz / American Girl doll ice skate blades as a guide for the shape of the blades and drew onto a lolly stick to fit the size of the smaller boots. Cutting individual lolly sticks with the slightly complicated shape was not easy if done individually (I split a couple when trying) so the portable bench vice was brought into the house and I set to work with a razer saw, fine carving chisels and sandpaper.
|Four lolly sticks side by side in the bench vice were cut and carved to shape while clamped together to make the ice skate blades|
|The blades glued to the base plates to make the skates|
Once the glue was dry, I sprayed many layers (over several hours to allow drying time) of chrome coloured paint to try and get the wooden blades to look like metal blades.
|The spray painted skate blades|
This morning, with the paint dry, I glued the finished blades onto the base of the boots.
|The Toddler Ice Skates|
|Toddlers Edmund and Louisa take to the ice in their new skates|