Friday, February 19, 2021

Irish Lady 3D Boot Container

Classic Irish Lady boot is composed of front and back 
base panels that are layered for thickness, 
and attached to a shaped container structure between. 
Front (and duplicate back) boot has decorative detail, 
including punch holes for specialty lacing, 
cuff with edge trim & heel accent with faux stitched cutouts, 
toe arches overlay, Celtic-style heart embellishment, 
and layered small shamrock toe tip charm 
to add on one or both “fronts”. 
Thread ribbon or lacing through punch holes 
then knot and bow for realism. 
Add smaller “no Blarney” tag near side top for extra style. 
Embellish heel with purchased florals, twigs, leaves, etc. 
Boot measures approx.7.5” tall x 6.75” wide 
x 1.5” deep when finished.

ASSEMBLY: 1. Identify & cut the shapes:
A left & right main accent boot base shapes
B left & right heel reinforcement accents
C left & right heel stack and soul trim shapes
D left & right side arches accent shapes
with soul trim
E left & right lacing bracket overlay shapes
F left & right cuff with edge trim shapes
G Celtic woven heart accents left & right
H toe "charm" shamrock base and overlay,
left & right
I & J vessel side panels with finger-access openings
K boxing strips (back, underside, tongue)
L & N boot side base panels to layer for thickness
(3 each)
M right side "reversed" boot shape (with guide marks)
O left side "reversed" boot shape (with guide marks)
2. Locate and identify the guide mark cuts near
edges of "reversed" backside boot layers,
near the top back of boot . . . 
. . . and at side and near back bottom.
3. Layer the built-up boot side panel shapes
with all cut edges lined up as precisely as possible
(here and throughout) and glue together.
4.  Add the back/bottom guide marks layer to
the appropriate layered stack, aligning edges.
While the liquid glue is curing, press each stack or
layered shapes under a flat heavy object such as
this re-purposed book, and allow to dry thoroughly.
This may required a few hours, but is recommended
as essential to avoid warping or curling.
5. Prepare the vessel structure shapes by bending
the front tabs back/inward.
6. Prepare the boxing strips by bending side tabs
back. Also bend back on the cross perforation lines
(these may be re-directed in next step).
7. Identify the small symbols cut into tabs at strip ends
to help identify which ends will attach as 
assembly progresses. Here the back strip (left)
will be joined to the bottom/instep strip by matching
the circle cutouts.
8. Arrange the strips in order around the vessel side panel
to see where the cross-bends need to bend inward
or outward.
9. Prepare to join the first segment by aligning
the upper edge of back boxing strip at the back top
edge of vessel. Match top edges, first perf line
at vessel's first angle. Overlap straight vessel edge
across boxing segment tab/flange, and glue in place.
10. Bend the boxing strip second segment into position
to repeat step 9, adjust if necessary and glue in place.
11. Continue in the same process to bend remaining
segments of back boxing strip until it is fully attached.
NOTE that the boxing strip attachment seams of
first vessel side can be placed face-down on
flat surface to allow fingertip pressure to be applied
along the flange seams.
12. Position and attach the bottom strip circle symbol ends
by overlapping the straight edge to the tab's perforation line.
Continue the boxing strip segment seaming until
bottom strip's edges are all attached in place.
13. Position the tongue boxing strip bottom edge
with triangle tab into position, apply glue and tuck bottom
end under  previous boxing edge, and glue in place.
14. Continue in same manner to position and attach
tongue edges to vessel's tabs in same manner.
15. Repeat the alignment and joining process for
the second (left here) vessel side panel . . . 
. . . until all tabs/flanges are attached in place . . . 
. . . to complete the vessel.
16. Assemble the accent boot panels (left & right).
A. position and attach lacing placket, heel stack,
loopy trim overlay, sole strips to main boot shape.
B. position and attach cuff trim to cuff shape.
C. layer and attach shamrock charm shapes.
D. position and attach cuff unit with upper and back
edges aligned.
E. position and attach the heel accent and Celtic heart.
17. Position the boot accent assembly onto the corresponding
built-up boot stack, with offset edges all around . . . 
. . . except bottom "sole" edges match up. Glue in place.
(Complete both left & right panels.)
18. Apply quick-grab glue (such as the Fabri-Tac
adhesive shown here) to the vessel side panels, then . . . 
. . . position and attach the vessel shape on the underside
of corresponding boot base stack, using cut-in guide marks
to help align vessel back top edge . . . 
. . . also lining up bottom edges exactly.
19. Complete ribbon or twine lacing as desired.
Ribbon for the model is about 1.75 yds long.
Here, the ribbon is threaded onto a large-eye darning needle
to assist with ribbon threading.
20. Add decorative brads or nail studs to shamrock
charms at punch holes.
Position and attach each at top tip (low enough to
hide brad prongs, if necessary).
Here is the completed boot vessel.
Here is a slightly more-forward view.
21. As preferred, add other embellishments to
completed boot, including purchased florals,
ribbon loops, tag, and wooden beads or balls
on ribbon ends.

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