Archive for October, 2009

If the original concept is tricky, the reality will be nearly impossible.

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

I honestly do not remember when I came up with the idea, but all of a sudden I felt that the best use of my exotic scraps that I received for Christmas were to piece them together and make a multi-colored pair of heels out of them.  What was I thinking!?!?

I knew it would be tricky. . .I just didn’t realize it would be stupid tricky. . . .

This was my original sketch of the design:

Exotic heel sketch

Exotic heel sketch

And this was the madness that ensued after:

Puzzle pieces

Puzzle pieces

I taped the backside of my original sketch and cut out all of the pieces to use as tiny templates. . . .and then I used those pieces to outline the scraps and make sure the color choices I had selected would work (some did not and I had to improvise and move some of the colors around from my original design).

Puzzle pieces and scraps of exotics

Puzzle pieces and scraps of exotics

Stay tuned to see how it all came together. . . or didn’t quite turn out as expected. . . .

Beaded Gladiator Glory

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009
Beaded Gladiator Glory

Beaded Gladiator Glory

I REALLY need a skiving machine.  No seriously, the beadwork should have been the most time-consuming portion of making these sandals (thanks again Deb for all of your help with the beading).  Instead, I labored for several weekends hand skiving the straps. . . .only to accidentally slice the leather and have to start all over again with another piece of material.  Afterwards, I realized that the tops straps were STILL too thick to use the buckles that I had selected so a good majority of my previous work was all in vain.  <sigh>

Below were the remnants from just one strap. . . .ONE tiny strap!

Leather remnants from skiving straps

Leather remnants from skiving straps

My initial attempt at making straps: not so good.

In the end, I decided that rough edges were the only way to maintain my sanity.  I used a really thin liner leather as the inside lining so that the straps would not end up being too thick.  They are still almost too thick for the buckles but thankfully work.

These sandals are so comfortable (not to mention super cute).  I have worn them several times without any rubbing.  All my hard work has really paid off.  I LOVE these beaded gladiator sandals!!!

Click on the pictures in the gallery for additional descriptions.