Jun 6, 2012

How to make a sandal

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How to make a sandal

I have not written posts and totally abandoned my blog. Perhaps those who read it before, had lost all interest in him. Anyway, I decided to continue my blog and my first post after a long inexcusable break, I dedicate to my video tutorial, where I show how you can make a sandal without special equipment, without shoe last, all by yourself. It was my dream for long time to develop this simple technique, that will allow anyone to make a sandal for themselves without living the house. I want to show you how to do this with so-called "biblical" sandal as the example, and you already can vary based on it. In this post (after you watched the video- both parts),I want to draw attention on a few important moments.

 Here is the list of things you need  to get it done.

- A4 paper
- duplex cardboard
- pencil
- eraser
-colored markers
-Stanley knife
-masking paper -punch -leather glue
- punch
-buckle 2 cm wide
-abrasive paper
-scotch tape
-leather for the upper& leather for insoles and soles -pin
-spoon (yes, a spoon)

Notes to the first part

1. The front of the sandal can be done in any shape: oval, square, pointed, asymmetric, etc. 2. You can use your old sandal to shape the insole . 3. Width of the straps should be the same as the width of the buckle. In my case it is 2 cm. 4. When attaching the straps, the inside (of your foot) strap should be put closer to the base of the thumb and the outer strap to your pinky. 5. Be sure to mark the inner side of each strap.

Notes to the second part

1. Marks on the inside and outside of the insole shall follow the same line, except for the front marks. 2. Add 1.5 cm to each strap (This will be the part which should be glued to the insole). Be sure to cut the mark out in order to identify their position. And then mark it on the leather. 3. The holes for the buckle should be with an interval of 7 mm-1cm. 4. To get a better and straight cut of the leather straps, tape the cardboard straps to the leather using the scotch tape. 5. You don't have to drill the insole for the straps, but it will be easier to glue the insole to the sole in the end. 6.When you put the second layer of glue on the insole and the sole, it should be left to dry for 24 hours. 7. The heel can be in any shape: oval, round, asymmetrical, square (like in my video). For those who size 37, the length should not be above 8.5 cm. 8. Important: It's better to glue the heel to the sole before gluing sole to the insole. 9. You can attach a rubber heel-piece, to prevent the heel grinding. 12. When polishing shoes and insole edges, wet it with water and grind in one direction to obtain a smooth surface. That's it for this post, feel free to write and comment if you got any question. If you got your sandal done, send me the picture, I would love to post it on my blog.
 I'll be back next week with new stuff, stay tuned. 
Sveta Kletina
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