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by ccs
Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:02 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21790

Re: Glues and Cements

<t>Georgene, yes, I may be contacting you for some of these materials. <br/> <br/> I was actually using the denim to try to make a composite shankboard rather than for the shoe itself. Didn't work nearly as well as the polycotton shirting and gorilla glue did (at about heel counter weight), apparent...
by ccs
Mon Jan 31, 2011 2:36 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21790

Re: Glues and Cements

That's why I kind of keep hoping to find that something comparable is also sold though industrial supply/maintenance houses as gasket stock or something like that... but no luck so far.
by ccs
Mon Jan 31, 2011 9:52 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21790

Re: Glues and Cements

<t>Tuck board as in the green board google says Georgene and Rick and Jenny were discussing for dance shoes back in 2007? Yes, I may have to look into that! <br/> <br/> But I've got my gorilla glue bottle and $1 per 100 plastic gloves and if I could just fine that old pair of jeans or scrap of denim...
by ccs
Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:36 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21790

Re: Glues and Cements

<t>I suppose I could dome a piece of sheet metal with a ball peen hammer and drill some holes in that. <br/> <br/> Actually, the one experimental shoe that's had a heel added so far has a thin section of polycaprolactone plastic molded to the shape of the bottom of the last (last was made of the sam...
by ccs
Sun Jan 30, 2011 10:28 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57374

Re: Tools of the Trade

<t>If you did use hard silver solder, you'd end up with something that could be filed and to a limited degree hammer forged almost as if it were a single piece of metal. <br/> <br/> It might be possible to bring the fold only part way back to the point, and even to keep the point cool (under water?)...
by ccs
Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21790

Re: Glues and Cements

<t>The "guessing" was to the identity of the locally sourced mystery piece in my possession. <br/> <br/> It's entirely the characteristics needed for an application that's focusing my search for materials. For example, I need to find something that I can nail (or more likely in experimental context,...
by ccs
Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:18 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tools of the Trade
Replies: 1849
Views: 57374

Re: Tools of the Trade

If you used a true silver solder (ie, a "hard solder" such as 56% silver), you'd have to heat the wire with a torch to something not that much short of a dull red heat, losing the temper of the steel. Soft solder, including that with a few percent silver such as sta-brite, may avoid that.
by ccs
Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21790

Re: Glues and Cements

<t>Well, okay, guess it's not oil tanned. The mystery piece guessing games continue. Actually, it bears a degree of resemlance to the belt now residing in my knock-around jeans... which if I recall came at a low price with a "composition leather" label attached. Slicing into the mystery piece there'...
by ccs
Sun Jan 30, 2011 7:47 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21790

Re: Glues and Cements

<t>My blacksmith anvil is in storage a state away, but I did try hammer jacking using the work surface on the back of a bench vise... it compressed maybe 20% but still not changing fundamental property. I'm kind of wondering if maybe the leather I'm playing with is oil tanned... it doesn't seem to b...
by ccs
Sun Jan 30, 2011 5:28 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Looking for...
Replies: 1233
Views: 35467

Re: Looking for...

Wondering if anyone can help me identify the component materials in the following pictures of worn out dance shoes. I realize that some of these materials probably will not meet with the approval of many of the bespoke makers here, and so apologize for any offense, however I think they may be suitab...
by ccs
Sun Jan 30, 2011 2:05 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21790

Re: Glues and Cements

Soaking in the white glue and water for about 8 hours just made it start to smell like... a tannery? When dry the next morning no real change from the untreated condition.
by ccs
Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:27 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21790

Re: Glues and Cements

<t>Apparently I used the wrong leather. It shaped nicely to the bottom of the heel area of the last - a shape that should be quite self-reinforcing. But a week later it remains as pliable when dry as the piece I cut it from was before it was wet in the first place. I just put it to soak in a mix of ...
by ccs
Sat Jan 29, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21790

Re: Glues and Cements

<t>I guess I'm misunderstanding... if the press cement isn't causing the stiffener (and I'm actually thinking counters and whatever I nail through into the heel, since I want sock-soft toes) to be stiff, then what is? When I soaked what I thought was a fairly thick piece of veg tanned leather (like ...
by ccs
Sat Jan 29, 2011 9:15 am
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21790

Re: Glues and Cements

<t>Arguably off topic, but what I was thinking was that in the celastic case you have fabric fibers providing tensile strength and plastic providing stiffness, while in a leather stiffener you have leather fibers providing tensile strength and soaked in cellulose plastic providing stiffness - both a...
by ccs
Fri Jan 28, 2011 11:11 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Glues and Cements
Replies: 248
Views: 21790

Re: Glues and Cements

<t>Has anyone ever figured out what "press cement" is exactly? <br/> <br/> ie, is it nitrocellulose (exploding billard balls etc) dissolved in acetone, essentially similar to duco cement? <br/> <br/> Or is it cellulose acetate (safety film, etc) dissolved in acetone, essentially similar to "testors ...
by ccs
Tue Jan 25, 2011 2:33 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Lasting
Replies: 801
Views: 23840

Re: Lasting

<t>Rick, <br/> <br/> My problem is that the insole is very flimsy, since I want the ballroom outsole added later to the be the primary structure - if I was doing the shoe normally instead of inside out, I'd be lasting the upper to a piece of pellon nonwoven interfacing. But even the 5 oz chrome tann...
by ccs
Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:39 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Lasting
Replies: 801
Views: 23840

Re: Lasting

I've been having problems with the thin, flexible insoles I want to use slipping out of place during lasting. 12766.jpg Best idea I've come up with so far is to bind them on with thread. The shoes tend to turn inside out as I pull them off the last anyway so it was easy to clip the threads. And in t...
by ccs
Tue Jan 25, 2011 1:26 pm
Forum: The Gallery
Topic: The Gallery
Replies: 1482
Views: 61919

Re: The Gallery

How do you get a pair of fabric dance shoes from only one last? 12764.jpg Easy, make the right one as a turnshoe! Still need heels, and water based contact cement is soaking outside the intended area of the fabric, so they aren't pretty. But fun learning project. And I think the pattern is now valid...
by ccs
Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:02 pm
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 605
Views: 22629

Re: Lasts

The polycaprolactone does nail, but probably won't stick onto a different base material as securely as the epoxy without some mechanical aid - without which nailing into it may not be advised.
by ccs
Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:23 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 605
Views: 22629

Re: Lasts

<t>Apoxie sounds like it might be a filled epoxy? <br/> <br/> Polycaprolactone is sold under many names. Cheapest in large quantity (8 lbs - not quite enough for two pairs of complete lasts, but easily 3 individuals plus some extra) is instamorph, in smaller quantities for additions friendly plastic...
by ccs
Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:15 am
Forum: Sources
Topic: Lasts
Replies: 605
Views: 22629

Re: Lasts

<t>I wonder if the polycaprolactone plastic I'm using for lasts would stick to to the existing plastic of your last. It's a bit pricey for the whole last, but what's nice about it is you just get it hot (hot water or heat gun) and then bulldoze it around to whatever shape is of interest. Heat it bac...
by ccs
Fri Jan 21, 2011 7:13 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Top patterns/stitching
Replies: 360
Views: 17994

Re: Top patterns/stitching

If you just want a needle with an eye at the pointy end, you could try a largish sewing machine needle.
by ccs
Fri Jan 21, 2011 12:28 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Tackling the heel
Replies: 228
Views: 12482

Re: Tackling the heel

<t>Before worrying about sourcing or casting in polyurethane, I'm going to try to make temporary 6/8 dance shoe heel blocks at least partially from the same polycaprolactone heat re-moldable plastic that I'm using for my lasts. I did a test one by eye, and seems to work, though I may replace the nai...
by ccs
Thu Jan 20, 2011 10:57 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Lasting
Replies: 801
Views: 23840

Re: Lasting

Coarser hair cell sounds about right, and the size for a full hide (which it seems to be by shape) is plausible. That would make the torn portion near the belly edge. Going to try the other piece, with denser pattern which I think is cowhide.
by ccs
Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:36 pm
Forum: Techniques, Crans and Visualizations
Topic: Lasting
Replies: 801
Views: 23840

Re: Lasting

<t>I don't know what it is... I would have said a small cow as it seemed similar to the stores larger pieces that were clearly cowhide. Apparently it was the last of a lot, so it was cheap. But maybe it was kid. I have another slightly thicker piece from a different source I can try, then may try or...