Inlaid boot tops

The secret to creating flawless inlay is planning the order in which the pieces will be placed.

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I’ve chosen to put the flower pieces in last so they can just be a circle, with no worry that they’ll extend into another inlaid shape.

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I’ll stitch the design before I rub off the light coat of glue that held my pattern markings in place. It’s a lot easier to rub it off once everything is firmly stitched down. If not, rubbing the glue off pulls the pieces out of place.

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About customboots

I'm a custom cowboy boot maker. I own a business, Sorrell Custom Boots, and I create bespoke cowboy boots using vintage machinery and hand tools. I also own www.sorrellnotionsandfindings.com, a company that specializes in tools, supplies, and leather for the boot and shoe making trade.
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5 Responses to Inlaid boot tops

  1. Chris Hanner says:

    I love seeing how you accomplish some of your magic!

  2. alice ray cathrall says:

    Spectacular Lisa

    Alice Ray

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  3. customboots says:

    Thank you, Chris and Alice!

  4. Lisa, What is the residue that is on the grain side of the leather?

  5. customboots says:

    Geraldine,
    It’s a very thin coat of the water-based rubber cement that I use. The tackiness of the cement helps to hold the pattern in place as I’m cutting and stitching, and then it has to be rubbed off when the tops are completed.

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