Questions, Comments, Suggestions or Revisions, please post them so I can improve upon this instructable.
I'd like to give some thanks to stephenniall who gave me the great idea of using a foot shaped thing to hold the shoe in place.
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Thank you !! :)
Step 1: Some Background on the Project Before We Get Started
Step 2: Supplies and Precautions
* 2 Liter Soda bottle (I used Pepsi)
* Old Shoe
* 1" Schedule 40 PVC¹ (This stuff is insanely strong, i could put all of my body weight on it and it still didn't bend.)
* PVC Primer and cement ( If you don't understand my instructions on how to cement PVC piping together there is a wealth of information on the internet to help you out. Here is a place that may help you with this.)
* 90°, 2 socket, pipe elbow designed for 1" PVC pipe. (While your in the store remeber to check if it fits well on the 1" pipe)
* End Coupler for 1" PVC pipe (Make sure it's NOTThreaded)
* 5 minute epoxy, or any strong epoxy like JB WELD
* Duct tape(optional, you can use it to reinforce the glue points or you could use it also to round off the sharp edges on the cut bottle.)
* 1/2 inch PVC Schedule 40, how much you need will depend on how big your shoe is.
¹(Later in the Instructable I will tell you how to figure out how much you need.)
* Pipe cutter (You can use a hacksaw instead but the cut will be less smoother.)
* Clamp (optional) (I didn't use one but you can to hold parts in place as they dry)
* Scissors or XACTO knife
* Read all warning labels on the glue, don't try to ingest it in any ways or inhale it.
* Use precaution when using the scissors. They can easly wound and leave a scar on you.
* USE COMMON SENSE WHEN USING ANYTHING
* I DONT TAKE ANY RESPONSIBLITY ON ANY HARMS OR INJURIES OR DESTRUCTION CAUSED BY THIS INSTRUCTABLE
Step 3: Making the Dome to Place Your Knee In
2. If you're having trouble cutting pinch the cutting edge so you can pierce it easier.
3. Cut fully around the line and set aside until later.
4. Discard all remains
Step 4: (Optional) Taking Out the Sharp Edges From the Bottle
Step 5: Measure for the PVC Parts
Step 6: Cut the PVC
Step 7: Assemble PVC Together
BEFORE DOING ANYTHING DRY FIT EVERYTHING
Everybody else, to put PVC together is kinda challenging. It is more difficult than just slapping glue on it and letting it dry. To glue together PVC you must buy two materials: Primer and Cement. They should look like pictures 2 and 3. They usually have an applicator of some sort inside of the can.
First in the process of gluing PVC together you need to take the primer and put a thin coat of it on the inside of the socket and on the outside of the pipe. Then, let it dry for around 10 seconds. Now, take the Cement and apply a thin coat on the inside of the socket and the outside of the pipe piece. Push the two pieces together and give them a 90 degree turn in both directions. This is called solenoid welding. Then let it dry for the recommended amount of time stated on the can.
Step 8: Making a Foot to Hold the Shoe's Place and Shape
First take the leftovers from the 2 Liter bottle and cut a piece that is as wide and as tall as your shoe when the roof hits the 1 inch PVC. Next cut the three pieces of PVC the length of from the end of the 1 inch PVC to the end of the shoe. Since shoes curve, these three pieces will vary in size and will probably look like in picture 2. Take the pieces and glue them in the way that your shoe curves. For example, if your making a leg for your left side the smallest piece should be on the left and vice versa. Remember to look and compare the pieces to your shoe to make sure they are in the right order before gluing.
Step 9: Glue Dome on Top of the PVC
(For those who don't know how to use JB-Weld, it is quite easy. All you have to do is take the two tubes and mix and equal amount of each and apply to the object you want to bond.)