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Hello all,

 

First off, Ill start by pointing out that I am not a shoe/boot maker and have never made a pair. I have absolutely no experience in this field although I have been leather crafting accessories for a few years. 

 

That said; I'd like to take a stab at making a rough pair of boots. I'm not really interested in learning how to carve a pair of lasts out of wood at this point as it seems that this is an art of its own. Rather, I'd like a more simple way of making a pair of lasts. I've done a bit of reading about using a pair of old boots/shoes to pour some sort of resin/foam into to get a rough last shape out of, then shaping it. The problem is, the only information I've found about a substance which can be nailed into without cracking is this smooth-on foam #25. Which apparently is dense and rigid enough to put a nail into, but flexible enough to avoid cracking, according to a user in another thread. This foam used in combination with a thin layer of bondo apparently will do the job for a couple of pairs of boots/shoes. Problem is, this foam is $185 a gallon. This is completely unreasonable for me as I'm just doing this as a hobby. I also wonder if this foam would be rigid enough to stretch the leather over without altering the shape of the "last". Is there some other resin or plastic combo or otherwise I could use to achieve a "nail-able" and rigid material? Could I just melt some recyclable HDPE? Or would that deform the shoe I plan on using to pour the substance into? I need something that won't hurt my wallet, and is hard enough that I can form leather with it, but not so rigid that it would crack when nailed into.

 

I really hope someone has some experience with this! 

 

Thanks again,

 

Zayne

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Webicons   

Many flea markets and antique stores sell wood or plastic lasts fairly cheap.  I heard of people buying a size or two larger and then sanding down to fit their major measurements.  

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Jake907   

check on ebay too, they have a lot of lasts on there

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On 2/13/2018 at 10:48 AM, Webicons said:

Many flea markets and antique stores sell wood or plastic lasts fairly cheap.  I heard of people buying a size or two larger and then sanding down to fit their major measurements.  

 

21 hours ago, Jake907 said:

check on ebay too, they have a lot of lasts on there

Man, I was so focused on making something myself I didn't even think about modifying an existing last. Thanks guys!

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