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Diesel, not gas. Got it.
Haven't tried gasoline, just diesel. A spray with degreaser and a rinse gets rid of the smell and any residue.
I used to use a sharp filleting knife to cut holes in tyre for fenders for my boat.If you dip the knife in diesel it will cut the rubber like butter.Oh, and never cut towards yourself, because... :)
Interesting! I've heard that dipping the blade in water makes it cut smoother, but I wouldn't have thought to use gasoline. I imagine it gets the tire a bit greasy/smelly though...
Interesting! I've that dipping the blade in water makes it cut smoother, but I wouldn't have thought to use gasoline. I imagine it gets the tire a bit greasy/smelly though...
Cute, but hot Huaraches, these are thong sandals. - LakeladyP
Good point! There seem to be two different types of footwear that people recognize as "huaraches". The one that most people are familiar with looks like this, while the other type, (worn by the Tarahumara/Raramuri tribes in Mexico) looks like this. Good thing to point out though!
Thanks! I'm not sure I quite understand you're question though... What color are you wondering about?
Awesome and voted ... can you change the color ?
Creative Leather Journal
Very cool!! Greetings from México City!
Sweet! Thank you!
Thank you! It does take a bit of getting used too, but I think that they're pretty comfortable. You'll feel the knot on the bottom most when they're just made, but after some walking around it gets pretty flat and you don't notice it as much. Unless it's been super tight, the rope hasn't given me any trouble. The skin in between your toes might get a bit tougher, but that's about it. This was the first time I experimented with adding leather to the top, and that makes quite a bit of difference. It definitely feels better then having nothing between your foot and the rubber.
Great instructable! I've made tire sandals in the past but the thick rubber from the tires made a very uncomfortable shoe and I abandoned them quickly. But filleting the tire is a great idea! How comfortable are your huaraches? I know they don't have a lot of cushion but does the rope chafe or the bottom knots make for uncomfortable walking? Thanks for posting, this is definitely something I want to try! - Wildwulfwoman
Amazing! Voted. - Chanit0
Yes, it certainly does. I would have never thought to carefully cut away the tread like you've done, but I love the idea. I'm going to have to incorporate that technique into some future project . . whether sandals or something else. Good stuff! :)
These are great! I've wanted to make some similar sandals for years, but have had major hangups over how hard steel-belted tires are to work with. Filleting the rubber is a brilliant solution! Did you just use a utility knife for all of step 4, or were there some other sharp tools involved?
Thanks, I'm glad you like them! In response to your question, yes. A utility knife was the only thing used. I did change out the blade partway through, (I started off with a dull one) and it was a lot easier after that. On one of my previous attempts I tried using a different knife, but the space that the knife needs to fit into is really small, and the one that I was using couldn't get far enough to touch the uncut rubber before it would get stuck, (the blade was too thick). Hope that answers your question!
Tarahumara inspired Huraches
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