Category Archives: 2 – Hue Askew Horses

Customised Model Horses

Fat Orcas #001-003

By | January 17, 2017
Fat Orcas #001-003

Fat Orcas #001-003

When I started my Fat Animal Magnets project for Christmas I had no idea just how far down the rabbit hole I was going to go! (Twenty-two animals and counting). But now that the holidays are over it’s time for me to document these little guys and then list the leftovers to Etsy. 🙂

I’m starting with the Fact Orcas because these guys are some of my favorites! I did a very simple first color run for most of the magnets, one fantasy and two reality. Since what sets the Orcas apart visual is their color pattern, I decided to keep this basic for this mold.

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Leaping Horse #007

By | January 10, 2017
Leaping Horse #007 - Flaxen Chestnut Splash Overo

Leaping Horse #007

Here’s another one from the archives! (January 2016, to be exact.) 🙂

Need an escape from mundane cubicle life? Behold, the perfect steed to ferry your important photos or notes cross the magnetic fields!

Now not every office can pull off a bit of equine whimsy, but this little gal is just as happy holding shopping lists and report cards in the kitchen as she is herding work paraphernalia.

This little gal has a cost of shaded Nutmeg, mane and tail in mostly Cinnamon and a background in solid Kelly Green. There’s pinking on her nose and belly in Coral and she’s got a bright Cobalt blue eye. Finished off with several coats of Testors Dullcote, she’s ready to rumble… but probably not go for a swim.

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Leaping Horse #006

By | January 6, 2017
Leaping Horse #006 - Metallic Gold and Copper

Leaping Horse #006 – For Sale!

This little guy was painted back in September 2015… I really need to get these darned galleries caught up!

Every so often plaster casts don’t come out of the mold quite right– but that just means I get to play around with them! 🙂

This little guy is a true OOAK (one of a kind) as his failed cast was hand painted over with additional plaster to create the horse-shaped blob of metallic whimsy that he is today. I was going for a much more primitive feel, which is why he has some texture and he’s more of a rough shape than a detailed sculpt.

There was a significant red color variation between the flash and no-flash photos of him, so I went with the no-flash for the most part. It was a toss-up between trying to show of his shine and make sure the colors weren’t too far off.

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How To Make Craft Paint Storage From Boxes

By | January 5, 2017
Craft Paint storage solutions... on the cheap!

Craft Paint storage solutions… on the cheap!

If there’s one thing I have a hoard of, it’s craft paint! 😀 (Over 100 bottles and counting.)

But these little 2fl oz bottles can be a pain to store. Put them on a bookshelf and you can’t see the colors in the back. Stack them on their sides and it’s a pain to get the bottles in the middle.

So one day I decided enough was enough!

I had cardboard. I had packing tape. I was going to have a solution. (To be fair, this is how 99% of all my crafting storage adventures begin.)

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Portrait Horse: Queen Esther

By | January 2, 2017
Portrait Horse: Queen Esther

Portrait Horse: Queen Esther

I’ve found it endlessly fascinating that I very rarely do work on Classic or larger scale models, but I have zero qualms about taking custom commissions at those scales. For some reason the amount of work seems so much larger when I’m not doing it for someone else! 😉

This little gal was a lot of fun to paint, but a real pain to photograph. She’s a red chestnut, but there’s a smidge less red and and so much more shading in her coat that just didn’t come out in the photos. Thankfully the person who ordered her was willing to take my word for that and left my a lovely review.

As has been the habit, she has a Facebook Gallery that documents the various steps from original model to the lovely lady you see to the left. Having those galleries has done wonders for my confidence level around the ‘ugly’ stage of each model. All I have to do is look back and see that no really, the last horse also looked this bad at the same point… and off I go! 🙂

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