So, these are the Converse roller skates I put together about a year ago and never uploaded. They were made for a show I was in called 'The Complete Works of William Shakespeare [Abridged]' (insanely funny show, by the way, you should check it out on YouTube). I was the stagehand for the show, and during intermission, I was supposed to roller skate across the stage and pick up props left on from act one. I hadn't been able to find any roller skates with boots that actually fit me, so I decided I'd just go buy a pair of Converse, rivet them to the roller skate trucks and call it good. I haven't really used them much until this month when I decided to start going to the roller rink like crazy.
TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO MAKE THESE FOR THEMSELVES (A Few Pointers): ***NOTE: This is the way I made them; there are better ways to do this and I've included one in the form of an instructional video below.
1. You'll need very long rivets; as long as you can find. I know you can find up to 50mm rivets out there at some hardware stores, but my local Wal-Mart only carried sizes up to about 20mm long. I tried those, and they pulled through within the first show we played.
EDIT: While rivets do work as long as they're coupled with the washers, most skates are attached to the boot with nuts and bolts. I was told a carriage bolt in particular would work well for these; it would be best to look for bolts with flat tops so they don't dig into your heel.
2. I highly suggest placing washers between the top of the rivet bolt and the inside of the shoe before setting it into place. (I used 25mm washers for the rivets in the toes and 10mm for the rivets in the heel. I would've used 25 there as well, but they didn't fit. Grr.) This helps not only to prevent the rivets bolts from pulling out of the holes, but it helps to disperse the weight of the trucks over more of the shoe, making it easier to skate.
3. You'll obviously need to pre-drill the holes before you can get the rivets bolts through; you'll want to use a drill bit about one and one half times the diameter of the rivet bolt itself; otherwise, the rubber just sorta spreads to allow the drill bit through and doesn't really make room. To figure out where to put the holes, place the plate you'll be using on the bottom of the shoe (right up and down the middle; center as best as possible) and make a mark where the holes are.
EDIT: Remember to take out the insole that comes with the shoe before you drill through the bottom! These usually pull out pretty easily; see the video for more detailed instructions on this step.
4. Insoles in the shoe on top of the washers and rivets bolts really help to make things more confortable. I would almost suggest putting two insoles in; your feet will really start to ache after skating on these for a few hours.
Here's an instruction video on the correct method for building skates out of shoes. Both this method and mine work, but this video both gives you a better idea of what you're doing and includes some steps that I've left out when making my own skates.
I know you guys probably could've figured this all out on your own (as many of you probably have), but it always helps to have the instructions there before you go wasting your money on hardware you can't use.
One last note: when buying the skate bottoms and the shoes for these, remember that skates need to be tight to work really well. If you like to wear your shoes a little big like I do, remember to get sized properly before you buy a pair for this project. Also, make certain that the skate bottoms are the correct size as well. The pair that I have are actually about a size and a half too small for me; because of this, my foot isn't centered properly on them and I have a tendency to tip over.
This is my prosthetic work for my Splicer costume, before adding all the extra blood spatter and dirt. Since the camera flash in the club-lighting didn't do me any favours (see: [link]) I wanted to show what it actually looked like a little better.
Aside from a small test-run the previous night, this was my first time using Gelatine, and I think it turned out really well. got a lot of "that's disgusting!" reactions at the party, which is exactly what I was going for!