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Steampunk Boots

Altered Boots???  What a great Father's Day Gift:o)
 
Ya, I was inspired!  One of the ladies I work with at Scrapbooker's Paradise created one of these altered boots and it's a pen holder for a desktop.  Hers is so adorable in hot pink, with pretty pink papers and pearls.  It was all the buzz at the till yesterday.  So, it got me uber inspired and wanting to make a Steampunk one!
 
 
 
The boot is a little kids boot size 8 I picked up at the Thrift Store this morning.  I removed the laces and scuffed the patent leather to distress it!  Takes out the shine:)
 
 
I had a hard time locating a tube for the pens.  I tried juice tins, too big...toilet paper rolls, too small.  Off to Home Depot where I hit the plumbing isle with my pint size boot!  I found some pipe insulation, dirt cheap, $2.49 for 6ft.  I found the 1 1/2" fit the best.  Easy Peasy to cut too!
 
 
I didn't want paper to wrap these insulation tubes so out came a sheet of oven liner:)

 
Once I cut my strips I embossed.  TIP; Cutting a slit (leaving about 1/4" on the ends) in the top of your folder allows for this long piece to be embossed.  Tags too!

 
I wrapped and hot glued the embossed liner to the tube.  But I curled the tongue of the boot down and that needed a little embossing too.  Then I grabbed some great metal embellishments!  Just use what you have and keep that hot glue hot!
 
 
Be sure to have lots of hot glue sticks! Here is my finished boot!

 
I attached a few strips of Film Strip Ribbon to add some layer and break up the embossing.  I added a clock to the tongue to fill in the space.
 
 
I LOVE this pocket Watch.  It's another great element and focal point.   I layered the mini sprockets, an enamel tag with inspirational words and the key to the mini lock!  I picked up these wee locks at the $1 Store.

 
The pocket watch is attached with a swivel clip.  It's so masculine these 2 pieces together.
 
 
To minimize the insulation tube I attached some tinsel to the top, heat embossed for a distressed look then added a little bit of Black Soot Distress Paint.  This softens the tinsel.

 
I grabbed some of the hinges attaching with the brads to the boot eyelets.  All the while applying hot glue!


The toe of the boot was missing something. So, attaching this pull label with some inspirational Word Rubs just finished the boot off. 

 
My hubby will be getting this for either Father's Day or his birthday a couple weeks after?  What a great addition to his desk at work...If I can wait!  The best part...I have a second boot to make another one:)
 
Thanks for checking out my Steampunk Boot.  I know I was inspired when I saw the altered boot;)  I hope it inspires you.  

Simon Says is having a challenge starting with the Letter S!  I think my Steampunk Boots fit the challenge;). 
 

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