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How to remodel this into a dog boot? Answered

I'm trying to make my dog some boots.

I've found the perfect material that I would like to use...it's a soft silicone..
I'd like to use this that is pictured...but of course if anyone knows where I can buy this material to make to measure I'd really appreciate it.

Or ideas on how to cut/ mold or reshape this into a boot for my dog?

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Toga_Dan

2 years ago

snaps. Bring it to sewing store.

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Toga_Dan

2 years ago

i hav doubts about heat, but try it.

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Toga_DanToga_Dan

Reply 2 years ago

if it was plastic, it could be fused together with a hot wire or clamping 2 wood blocks over it and using a flame at the edge.

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LemonpoppyseedToga_Dan

Reply 2 years ago

I wonder if the heat of a hot wire wouldn't just melt it completely?

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Downunder35m

2 years ago

One of the biggest features of cured silicone is also your biggest challenge - nothing really sticks to it.
I had a thought about your problem when the other topic was done and there might be a sort of solution.
Problem is that it involves quite a bit of time, material and work.
Don't want to make an Instructable out of it so I try to keep it short here:
Make a template for your dog's paw, you can use clay, wax, wood, whatever, just make sure it has roughly the shape of the paw in question and also a part of the leg.
The template should be slightly bigger than the paw.
Use this template to create plaster mould in two parts (so you can still get the artificial paw out).
Cover the surface of the cured plaster with a thin layer of wax.
Use a ballon and cover it in good amounts of silicone, push it into the mould you created and blow it up with good pressure so it fills the mould - you might have to add tiny holes in the mould to allow trapped air to escape.
Leave it all in there for a week or so to make sure the silicone fully cured.
When you open the mould the "sock" is formed by the ballon and the silicone, cut excess off and you should be ready to use it.

The trick is to get enough silicone between ballon and mould to be strong enough without loosing the shape of the mould.
The ballon will help to pull the silicone together for a better fit but onyl for a few days so good fit around the leg is a must have.

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LemonpoppyseedDownunder35m

Reply 2 years ago

Thanks for your reply...I did think of doing a mould with clay or something like that..just to get an imprint.I'm just not sure what to use that would be similar to the silicone in the picture to coat the mould...the one I have pictured is perfect(it's just some sort of heel sock?)...just not sure where to buy something like it.

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Toga_Dan

2 years ago

Hyde Co online has silicone self fusing tape.

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Toga_Dan

2 years ago

or start from scratch with silicone caulk over a form . Or caulk dots on a sock.