Previously, I had also made a master pattern for the side of the foot.
I used this side pattern to carve out toes. I used the bottom pattern to make the bottom of the foot, with the pads and toebeans glued in the appropriate places. I used the top pattern to make a piece just from the wrist to the knuckles and invented a piece to fill in the sides. I glued it all together and...
Here's a refresher In case you're wondering what a palmar pad is, it's that large pad on the underside of a dog's front paw. Here is my carved foam palmar pad (the thing that looks a little like a yellow fried egg) the pattern I made from it, and a test version sewn from the pattern. It's beautiful, trust me.
I decided to try out a combination of carving, using the "tubular toes", and tracing and cutting out parts from my original patterns, thus coming up with this most recent foam foot. Here's a little demonstration of my method, making a random toe.
Using the patterns like this takes a lot of the guesswork out of the placement of the different parts, such as knuckles and toebeans.
Now to start taping this foam foot and making the pattern for a fabric foot! So excited!