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    Arrow My attempt to make leather German low boots

    This is my first completed pair of German low boots. I've worked pretty hard over the last several weeks at creating a pattern as well as learning to work with leather and needle and thread. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did the process of creating them. Now I have to figure out how to create the toe and heel irons so they'll be more authentic.

    I'll try and answer any questions if anyone desires more information.

    Thanks for looking!




    Last edited by Michigan Dawg; 05-10-2014 at 21:43.

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    Your attempt? They're more like "Your masterpiece" Man those boots look amazing and I don't even collect WWII stuff!
    I'm impressed, nice job!

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    Damn!!!! Those are awesome!!!!
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    awesome, great craftsmanship.

    crisibabe's Swiss Invasion

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    GO AWAY! you are making me feel Inadequate! My real shoes dont even fit me that well!

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    Damn they look brillant well done.

    Ron

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    Holy smokes!!! I have a question for you... how about posting the pattern and/or tutorial?!?! If you can't, how about reccomending a good sorcerer to help me conjure up something half as nice???

    This is the second pair of custom boots in as many weeks posted on this forum. Mods, please put an end to this!!; I'm an old man, and it's getting more difficult to recover from such shock!

    Michigan Dawg, they look absolutely fantastic (and I hate you for it!)

    blotto

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    Thoes sre damn gooood.....!!!!! Where did you get your material from..?

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    those boots are super-cool.
    how long did it take to make them? was it hard to create a pattern? it seems so complicated.
    Whatever doesn't kill me . . . . just makes me angrier.

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    Amazing work, Dawg!!

    Definitely artisan material here.
    "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
    John 16:33

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    just look at the stitching .......excellent boots!!

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    My reaction now is the same as it was on the "Sixth"... Daniel

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    if that's just an attempt, i'm waiting to see what the "final version" looks like.

    you've got little elves making these, aren't you? AREN'T YOU?!


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    Amazing.
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    Sorry guys, checked through the rules carefully and there's nothing specific that allows us to kick out the over-talented. Seems we'll all have to suffer these great works with grim determination.
    Look at it this way, in this ironic world, you'll all improve by the motivation provided , to the point you'll be this good too. About that time, we'll push through a new rule and can the whole lot of you, LMAO.

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    Thanks to all for the very kind comments. I am certainly encouraged but at the same time I feel a little guilty as I've so many times shamelessly "stolen" the many suggestions and creative ideas from the very talented members of this forum. So I'm happy to give back in some way and hope that my efforts can help others.

    To answer some of the questions…

    The leather I used is commonly referred to as tooling leather. I used that because of the smoothness of the grain and the “body” of the leather. It is sold in various thicknesses but the thinnest I’ve found is available at Rio Rondo. Their tooling leather is a thickness of about 2-3 oz. ( 1 oz. = 1/64 inch) and I typically thin it to about a thickness of 1-1.5 oz. To do so, I used a sanding drum in my Dremel and removed material from the flesh side of the leather. I then smoothed the flesh side with a hand skiver (available from Tandy or The Leather Factory) to smooth the nap of the leather.

    One of the biggest challenges is creating a last to form the boot to. I took the easy way and simply made a cast of the interior of a Dragon boot, removed the sole and heel from the cast, and reshaped it slightly to more closely resemble a boot. The last serves as the form to shape the boot to as well as maintaining the relationship of the various boot components (inner and outer sole, toe box, vamp, etc.).

    The sole and heel are also made of tooling leather and constructed much like 1:1 leather heels and soles, i.e., the leather is “stacked” and glued. The resulting components are then sanded to shape with my Dremel drum sander and the edges are burnished smooth.

    All of the stitching in my boots is non-functional and is for appearance only. Glue (Barge’s cement) holds everything together with the upper and toe box being sandwiched between the inner and outer soles.

    The gaiters are BBi with the straps and buckles re-made with natural leather lace and photoetched buckles from Rio Rondo.

    Again, thanks for the positive comments. I’m currently working on the felt-topped winter boots and will post some pics when I have something to show.

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    those are so cool , GREAT JOB ... maybe try a modern boot ? some thing domestic ?

    Very cool !!!

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    This is BRILLIANT !

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    yes, yes, modern; a pair of those desert boots that the para's or Stryker guys are wearing would be smooooth.....!!!.... Suggestions?

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    Pssh...Yeah, nice attempt. Try harder next time will'ya!

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    Re: My attempt to make leather German low boots

    OMG!
    These are fantastic! Such a masterpiece!

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    Re: My attempt to make leather German low boots

    Simply amazing, no other words.
    "That which does not kill us, makes us stronger."

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    Re: My attempt to make leather German low boots

    That is a real masterpiece of leather-smithing there.

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    Re: My attempt to make leather German low boots

    Incredible,,,,,,,,
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    Re: My attempt to make leather German low boots

    OMG!!!!!!!!! I am really impressed! They ROCK!

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    Re: My attempt to make leather German low boots

    Brilliant!

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    Re: My attempt to make leather German low boots

    Those boots are gorgeous -- I've been wanting to get into 1/6 cobbling myself.

    If you can stand one more construction question, what size are the grommets (if they are grommets) you're using for the lace holes? I see lots of places selling grommets, but I've never been sure what size is the right for 1/6 shoes and boots.

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    Re: My attempt to make leather German low boots

    Fantastic!

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    Re: My attempt to make leather German low boots

    OMG!! If that is your first attempt, you have most of the manufacturers put to shame!

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    Re: My attempt to make leather German low boots

    yikes! notice the original post is Sept. '04!

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