Once upon a time there was a lonely G1 Stablemate Morgan Stallion who wandered eBay in search of a home. He was mint his owner said, he was in excellent shape! And lo, he was sold to the highest bidder and trotted off his new home.
Only he wasn’t mint, and he wasn’t in good condition, and his new owner was bummed.
And lo, he was bummed, for he had thought himself a most handsome horse.
But all was not lost, because scratches and black marks and slightly warping are still not enough to turn this old gentleman into a dud. So his owner shipped him off to me for a bit of sprucing up!
Thus follows the story of Dancer, who was a ‘simple’ black custom the drove me happily nuts with his seams and his refusal to take good photos… Continue reading →
This is the companion page to the Model Horse Bases listings I’ve now got up on Etsy. This post covers the basics of creating (and repairing!) the simple grass bases. I’ll do some other ones later that cover making the fencing and doing more complex ground cover (sand, shrubs, water, sawdust, mud, etc.)
These bases can be used for just adding a bit of pizzaz to a normal display shelf or they can be used in model horse photo showing. Live showing doesn’t use bases unless you are doing a performance entry, so they aren’t as much use there.
On a scale of ‘very easy’ to ‘medical attention may be required’, this is in the ‘very easy’ end of things. Continue reading →
As I mentioned in the earlier posts, I’m focusing in on the cheaper casting methods right now because I’m still in the learning curve. I’m not willing to waste a $20 resin kit, but I’m sure as heck willing to play with a $5 bucket of Plaster of Paris.
I’m working on the Plaster of Paris casting post, I swear!
I just keep getting sidetracked with all the fun things you can do with caulk… and on that note, here’s a follow-up to the first post on this topic.
I’m now halfway through my third tube of caulk and using the bucket of soapy water to cure the Silicone is still my go-to method. Someday I’ll try the cornstarch method again, but I’ve learned a few other fun things while experimenting.
As always, click to embiggen!
Topics Below: Coloring Silicone Caulk, Casting Silicone Caulk in Plaster Molds, Making Plaster Mother Molds, Push and Press Mold Making, Hot Glue Molds Continue reading →
As I mentioned in the earlier post, I’m focusing in on the cheaper casting methods right now because I’m still in the learning curve. I’m not willing to waste a $20 resin kit, but I’m sure as heck willing to play with a $5 bucket of Plaster of Paris.
But first a quick dip into the Hot Glue casting, because I did play with this for a bit. As always, click to enlarge the photos (some significantly!) Continue reading →
I’ve been so wrapped up in trying to learn how to paint Live Show Quality horses that I’ve drifted away from the goofier side of things. But since I declared May was going to be my FAFFing month, I figured I’d try something new… 100% Silicone Caulk mold making!
I love painting and I love sculpting, but I get paralyzed when I only have one copy of something to paint (or modify). Thus I’ve always wanted to be able to create my own castings to paint.
But silicone molds and resin aren’t cheap– and I am. *clings tightly to her pennies*
3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show Donation
This handsome guy is a Breyer Stablemate G3 Mustang stallion painted into a clover-spotted green appaloosa with a white clover star on his forehead. He was a donation to the 3rd Annual Jackson County 4-H and Open Model Show to be held in October of this year (NAN qualification and website link pending). He was a sibling donation to the bay drafter I did for the M.O.M. Live Show donation, run by the same showholder.
Much like the bay drafter was my first attempt at dappling, this little guy was my first attempt at painting clovers! I naively thought that painting the 4-H clover logo would be a walk in the park, but I ended up revising the idea into a simpler clover shape.
I also had fun working clover shapes into the edges of the blanket, so he looks like someone dumped a bucket of snow on a cloverfield! Continue reading →
Golden Star is a custom order done on a Breyer Stablemate G3 Friesian stallion and this handsome fella is the other half of the custom order with Silverheart. He’s a golden extended blanket appaloosa with gold/silver/bronze striped hooves, amber eyes, and a diamond star on his forehead. His white markings have a painted layer of matte finish (which is more semi-gloss) over them to make them shine.
Like Silverheart, his paintjob was an adventure in learning metallics! The gold covers much better than silver did, but my various experiments in shading the gold didn’t pan out. I ended up using a very diluted bronze-gold mixture to bring some depth to the mane and some lightness from the silver and the Ceramcoat gold. Continue reading →
Silverheart is a custom order done on a Breyer Stablemate G3 Stock Horse mare and is only the second time I’ve ever painted this mold (Schneekatze being the first). She’s a silver snowcap appaloosa with metallic black points, only a few small spots, silver and bronze striped hooves, bronze eyes, and a heart-shaped star on her forehead.
She’s part of a pair, Golden Star is the other, and they taught me a lot about how to work with metallics! Continue reading →
Earth is a custom order done in the same blue-bay tobiano as Partly Cloudy. She has show-blacked hooves, a thin blaze, solid black eyes and a glossy finish.
She’s only the second time I’ve painted a Breyer Mini Whinnies High Stepping Saddlebred Mare, it’s a mold I really like, but just haven’t has a chance put under a paintbrush. It also means Earth’s only an inch tall and the photos below are several times life-sized!
The problem I run into whenever I paint these little guys is that the camera captures defects I can’t always fix– someday I’ll manage to pull off customs just the way they look in my head, but alas for now I’m still learning!
Medium: Gesso, Liquitex Artist Color Acrylics (Gesso, Mars Black, Light Blue Violet, Ultramarine Blue), FolkArt (720 Cobalt Blue) Continue reading →