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I used tooling leather and SATURATED it. Otherwise, it just will not wet-form. Then, it must be formed with finger pressure, manipulated to form around the "last", then restrained, and dried in place.
Thank you! I appreciate that more than you'll ever know. I'm old too and have been waiting a long long time to make grandchildren-shoes.
That's probably quite possible, but you'd need lots heavier material than i used for baby. This is 3-4 oz leather. For an adult i'm betting that 9-10 oz might be a better choice. I also put the "hinge" point where it allows Mom to put them on little feet which sometimes do not cooperate to the max. For an adult, some overlap between the fronts and backs might be a good idea to keep gravel, etc from working in.
Nice idea with the alum bottles. I don't have any of them, but i've messed with a couple. You may need to do some real metal work to get the inside bit into the rather stiff bottle.
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Excellent ! Wonderful instructable. We should all "use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without". Often "things" are replaceable, but why not keep the old ones running just a little bit longer? Well done!! Thanks for sharing.
Correct, i should have done it that way but really wanted to get this sock done and set people on the course to doing a bit of repair. My mother, rest her soul, did just as you suggested, and she could fill a hole with nary a stitch out of place. Thanks for adding to the knowledge base here. Piper
Good morning Jason! Yes, almost any "repair skill" is worthwhile. Too often in the modern world we simply discard. Everything from socks to televisions are dumped when they don't work, with little regard for repair, revision or re-use. That is part of why INSTRUCTABLES is so important.
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