Saturday, May 23, 2015

The Finnish book is now available

Suomenkielinen kirja Nukenkenkien tekemisen tekniikoita on nyt saatavissa Amazonista. Linkki vie Amazon.comiin, mutta muiltakin Amazonin sivustoilta kirja löytyy ASIN-numerolla B00Y2MDBOO (ja tietysti kirjan ja tekijän nimellä). Kirjan hinta Suomeen on sama kuin englanninkieliselläkin eli 12,39 dollaria (9,99 USD + ALV).

Saat Kindle Reading App -sovelluksen ilman lisämaksua täältä: - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices. Sen avulla kirjoja voi lukea tietokoneella, taulutietokoneella, älypuhelimella yms.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Finnish book update

Kenkäkirjan kääntäminen on vielä kesken. Tällä hetkellä käännettynä on noin 80 %, joten suomenkielinen on kyllä tulossa aikanaan. Sillä välin saatavana on suomeksi myöhemmin kirjoittamani pieni kirja Lautanauhoja pienoiskoossa: Vasta-alkajan opas. Linkki vie Amazon.comiin, koska Suomeen tilattavat Kindle-kirjat on ostettava sieltä, mutta kirja löytyy muiltakin Amazonin sivustoilta ASIN-numerolla B00X2SUC3W. Kirjan hinta Suomeen on 1,23 dollaria (0,99 USD + ALV).

Saat Kindle Reading App -sovelluksen ilman lisämaksua täältä: - Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices. Sen avulla kirjoja voi lukea tietokoneella, taulutietokoneella, älypuhelimella yms.

Lautanauhoja pienoiskoossa -kirjassa on ohjeet kansikuvassa näytettyjen kaltaisten lautanauhojen tekemiseen. Mitään aiempaa kokemusta aiheesta ei tarvita. Välineet ja tarvikkeet luultavasti löytyvät kotoa valmiiksi tai jos ei, niin ne saa halvalla.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Card Weaving in Miniature

As soon as I got the first book finished, I went to work on another one. I would have liked to include more card weaving info in the doll shoe book, but it would have been a too long section, so I left it out. Now I wrote a short book just about making miniature card-woven bands.

The book is called Card Weaving in Miniature. It's a book for anybody who doesn't know anything about card weaving, but wants to make some bands for miniature projects.

Here are the links to the book on other Amazon sites:

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The book is now available

It is a surprise to myself that I actually managed to finish the book and it is now available for Kindle devices and readers on the Amazon web sites. It's called: Techniques for Making Doll Shoes. The link takes you to the web site. The links to the book on the other Amazon web sites are as follows:

For some reason, the listings do not show a cover photo, although there is one. I hope it is just an update problem and the cover will be shown later. This is what it looks like:

The book has 309 pictures (photos and a few drawings) and almost 42,000 words. It is a reference book, describing techniques for making various parts of doll shoes and combining them. You can find much of the information in this blog, but the book has everything organized in a (hopefully) logical order. It also has lots of new photos, which look a lot less cluttered than what I normally have in the blog posts.

Edit: If you want to check the book's table of contents, you can get it in PDF format by clicking here.

Note to Finnish readers:
Suomenkielinen versio on työn alla ja toivon mukaan ilmestyy jossain vaiheessa, mutta käännettävää on paljon, joten mitään tarkkaa aikaa on mahdotonta luvata. Jos ja kun se valmistuu, se tulee todennäköisesti saataville myös Amazonin kautta, koska kotimaiset e-kirjojen verkkokaupat ovat tehneet julkaisusta todella monimutkaista (ainakin ne, jotka olen tarkistanut).

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Book update

It's finally happening. I just wrote the last missing part of the book (Introduction) and submitted a request for ISBN as I want to do this thing properly. The submission form asked for publishing time and I stated March 2015, so it is set now. The book will become available some time next month. I'm aiming at the beginning of the month, but cannot promise that for sure.

The book has 223 pages (that's what MS Word shows) and the current word count is about 41,000. That will probably change a bit due to some editing that I still need to do, but it'll give you some idea. Additionally, there are over 300 photos as I believe that illustrating the steps is crucial in a book like this.

I will let you know when the book becomes available in Amazon. Remember that you do not need a Kindle device for reading Kindle books as you can download the free reader for your PC from Amazon's site.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

New use for Christmas decorations

I had covered resin wedge soles with black leather to illustrate the process and then I needed to figure out what to do with them. I decided to try a new strap design. The straps are black cotton treated with sealer. The three straps are glued to a small strip of fabric on the reverse side to keep them together.

I glued leather insoles in place and then glued the straps to the sides of the wedge soles with the ends going under the soles.

The final pieces came from this plastic Christmas decoration. I suppose you could use it in straps as it is, but I am always worried about scratches, so that's why I decided to use fabric straps underneath. Also, the plastic straps stay in their correct places better when they are glued to a stiffer structure.

I have used something similar once before and then I left the ends of the string visible, but this time I decided to glue the ends under the soles. This required removing some plastic beads to get just the thread inside. You can use pliers for that. Put the string between a flat part of the pliers and crush the beads, then remove the plastic pieces, so only the thread remains.

I glued the strings to the straps on the entire length to ensure they won't slip out of place and then glued the ends under the soles.

Then I glued the outer soles in place. The light-colored thread remained visible in some places, so I painted those parts black.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Shoes on shoes

When I found this fabric, I knew I had to get it for making a pair of shoes. Usually, the biggest problem is that all instances of a certain picture are facing the same way, but in this case, I found one that had a mirror image. It is the pair of green shoes, which became the main focus of the design. Also, the single floral shoe is the mirror image of one of the shoes in the pair.

I had made wedge soles for Tonner's Jessica Rabbit using polymer clay and they were big enough to accommodate the green shoes. The fabric had to be cut in two pieces to get as close to identical pieces as possible, which meant there would be seams on both sides of the soles.

One of the handbag pictures also had a mirror image, so I used those for the insoles. The pictures around them were different, so the tips of the insoles are different, but I decided to let that be.

This is the pattern for the strap. I used an actual picture for making it as it was important to get it just right. The pattern is a bit frayed as I did not treat the fabric with sealer before making it. However, I did treat the actual straps with sealer before cutting them out of the fabric using the pattern.

Here are the straps and insoles in place. I also used additional pictures from the fabric to hide the seams. I first treated the parts of fabric with sealer, which helped cut the pictures out accurately.

I also added pictures to the front of the soles, because the triangular pattern in the green part of the fabric was crooked in one of the soles Finally, I applied sealer all over the soles and glued the leather outer soles in place.