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Resin Shoe Lasts and How I Made Wet Felted Slippers Using Them



I have spent the past two years experimenting with various methods of creating handcrafted, wet felted slippers and boots. I have made them for both adults and children.

I have tried Wet Felting them on shoe lasts made from Duct Tape and filled with supermarket shopping bags. They were successful. It did not take me long to realize from the many comments I received, that I was not the only person who did not have two feet which were the same size.

The Duct Tape Shoe Lasts were unique in that they were custom made for my own feet! I felted the Boots in my Tumble Dryer. It made light work of the felting process, leaving me with shoe lasts which could be used again! The tumble drier is still one of my favorite tools for speeding up the felting process.

I have using Bubble-wrap Templates to make booties and made Wet Felted gloves using Household Rubber Gloves filled with Polystyrene Balls. Every method I experimented with worked, but there is no doubt that some methods do work better than others, every method I tried or experimented with was to see if I could achieve a good end with a small budget.

Then I discovered a stash of Factory Shoe Lasts which were made of resin being advertised locally for a very reasonable price. The owner, a skilled shoemaker wanted them to go to someone who he felt would use them. I think he saw me coming;)

My first opportunity to make slippers on the professionally made crafted Shoe had arrived.

I became the owner of a large variety of lasts in a variety of sizes, some were made of wood, a few were, made of metal, a good portion though were made from Resin, just perfect for my needs - hence another experiment began - this is how my first slipper Tutorial was born – Making Wet Felted Slippers using resin shoe lasts.

I hope you will come along for the ride.


Sallybea

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