Beaded Gladiator Glory

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!!!

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