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Celtic leather shoes (aided by a Lasercutter)

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I know that the re-enactment people might hate me, but making celtic leather shoes is so much easier if you have a laser cutter (as we do in our hackerspace "Mainframe"  in Oldenburg (sorry, web page is in German only right now)).

I did it for a baby (6 month), but you can easy scale up and down the template. And if you do not have a laser cutter, you can do it by hand, too. I will mention how in the steps.

 
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Step 1: Prepare the pattern

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Since I already had celtic shoes with I wanted to use as a pattern, I opened the laces and laid a shoe flat on the table. Then I took a picture. I imported the picture into a graphics tool (I used CorelDraw, but OpenSource Inkscape should also work).
First I tried to vectorize it automatically, but the result didn't look good.

Then I put the picture in the background and draw the outline with the mouse; I only placed a point at each corner, and then smoothed the lines (there is a option for line objects; sorry that I cannot give the correct technical terms, since I'm using the German version of the software). The second picture shows a screenshot of the pattern drawing with the line option symbols.

In addition to the outline, I also drawed a little circle for a punch hole. And then I cloned it multiple times and placed it at each hole location of the photographed shoe.

Be sure to clone the circle and not to copy it. If you copy and change the dimensions of one circle, all other circles remain the same. If you clone, you can change all circles at once. I wanted to have a template that scales!

The final pattern (as DXF file and as PDF file) is attached.

To scale it, I looked up the length of the foot (for a 6 month old baby between 8-11 cm), and drawed two ellipses into the template to represent the foot. Then I scaled the whole thing until the ellipses had the right size.
Hello, do you have another program to run this? I have tried every program I have, but to no avail. I've run a search on line and everything that comes up has a price tag. Thank you for this great instructible.
Ok, I got inkscape working. Now I just have to learn how to use it. LOL!
Yes, Inkscape is great and can do just about anything you would want a vector graphics program to do, but I find it lacks an intuitive design.
There should be a good community out there to help you with Inkscape. It's a good tool for designing patterns, in our fablab, we use it for the Lasercutter, the Styro cutter and as far as I know also for the milling cutter.

I only used CorelDraw because I have a license on my work computer and I'm used to it.
any chance of the design file being posted? This is a really great 'ibble. I want to have go at making these.
Fermate (author)  Mindmapper11 year ago
It is! You find the download link in step 1 (in DXF format). Let me know when you need other format.
Excellent thanks, stank the house out with cutting leather on laser last night!
Fermate (author)  Mindmapper11 year ago
Great! Hope your friends don't hate you (and me) for this :)
Any results yet?
Not sure I understand this, however I am going to scale the design and make some larger ones. However I am waiting for a fume extractor for my laser before I cut any more leather!
On the trial ones I cut I noticed that some holes are very close to the edges so I might well modify these slightly before doing another cut.
Fermate (author)  Mindmapper112 months ago
When scaling the design, you have to consider two things:
1. that the pattern fits to the foot (scale the outline)
2. that the holes fit to the draw string (scale the little circles)

The holes at toe side of the pattern are close to the edge, but they also do not have hold a lot of power - with the leather I used, it was not a problem. But of course you can move them more inside.

And yes, fume extractor is a must-have for lasering leather. Have fun!
Phiske1 year ago
cool mocs! Great job. I like the pic for step five. It looks like Ronja took the picture because it's from her point of view! funny!
pyogazel1 year ago
C'est fantastique!
Is it possible to get PDF format? Would it be accurate if I just printed it for a pattern?
Fermate (author)  naomiandtom1 year ago
Thanks for asking, I found out that I can not only attach images but also other files. I attached the PDF and the DXF now to Step 1.
jbarziza1 year ago
This is a great 'ible. In a pinch, you could even use this method to cover old shoes where the soles had worn out.
Fermate (author)  jbarziza1 year ago
Good idea! Or you could make covers that you could wear over shoes when you enter delicate areas (e.g., for a historic wooden floor).
annieannie1 year ago
These are absolutely awesome!!!
Awesome! Look very professional.
Cool
sabu.dawdy1 year ago
lovely