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Customised Model Horses

How to make 1:32 Scale Model Horse Fencing

Four Kinds of Stablemate Fencing
Four Kinds of Stablemate Fencing

In the last ‘Let’s Build Something!’ post I showed you how to make and repair grass bases for your Stablemate (1:32) scale models. Now it’s time to add some fencing to that setup.

This post will cover how to make multiple kinds of wooden and faux-PVC fencing. I’ll have another post up in a week or so that will cover wire and arena fencing.

On a scale of one-to-‘Ack, my finger!’ this is on the easy end of things. It does take some practice to get everything to line up, but that’s more careful planning and less rocket science.

As always, click for larger photos! :) Continue reading How to make 1:32 Scale Model Horse Fencing

McLaughlin’s Midnight Dancer

McLaughlin's Midnight Dancer
McLaughlin’s Midnight Dancer

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 McLaughlin’s Midnight Dancer

Building a Stablemate Grass Display Base

Turf Madness!
Turf Madness!

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 Building a Stablemate Grass Display Base

Casting in Silicone molds using Plaster of Paris and Wood Glue

Messy is Good!
Messy is Good!

At last, the casting post (that isn’t Hot Glue) is upon us!

As you probably guessed from my Making a 100% Silicone Caulk Mold and the follow-up post, I’ve been happily dabbling in the world of ‘making art desks messy’ for a few weeks now.

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.

So time to share what I’ve learned… *rolls up sleeves* Continue reading Casting in Silicone molds using Plaster of Paris and Wood Glue

100% Silicone Caulk Molds — Round 2, Fight!

Mold ALL the things!
Mold ALL the things!

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! :D

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 100% Silicone Caulk Molds — Round 2, Fight!

Casting in Silicone molds using Hot Glue

Hot Glue Casts in Silicone Molds
Hot Glue Casts in Silicone Molds

As you probably guessed from my Making a 100% Silicone Caulk Mold post, I’ve been happily dabbling in the world of ‘making art desks messy’ for a few weeks now.

So time to share what I’ve learned!

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 Casting in Silicone molds using Hot Glue

Making a 100% Silicone Caulk Mold

Silicone Caulk Experiments
Silicone Caulk Experiments!

(Edit: See also 100% Silicone Caulk Molds — Round 2, Fight!)

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! :D

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*

Thankfully the Internet Hivemind is a thing and I started stumbling across pinterest pins, youtube videos, DIY articles, and how-to’s on making molds from bathroom caulk, so I decided to give it a go. Continue reading Making a 100% Silicone Caulk Mold