Normally I donate custom model horses to model horse live shows, but this time around I figured a small herd of Fat Pony magnets might be more fun! 🙂
I’ve made donations for Big Orange Bash (Knoxville, TN) before and I’m more than happy to keep them hock deep in magnets or models. The show is a fund raiser for the Large Animal Clinic at the University of Tennessee’s College of Veterinary Medicine and if my silly little horses can help, how can I pass that up?
I went for a full fantasy herd this time around, in homage to my past donations, and tried to get as much variation as I could into the ranks. Part of this was because I was going to use the photos in the Etsy store, so two birds (err, 11 fat ponies) with one stone!
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.
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.
Clydesdale Horse Head #004 – Metallic Copper and Bronze Sabino (For Sale!)
This handsome fella was painted back in January, but 2016 has been the year of Art Post Procrastinations, so we’ll just pretend he was posted on time.
The one great thing about sculpting and casting my own magnets is that I never feel limited in how to customize them.. so it was only a matter of time before fantasy snuck into this lineup. I’m actually a little amazed that I got any realistic ones done first! 😉
This little fella has a metallic brown body and copper points. He’s a fantasy play on a red chestnut sabino and he’s ready to hold up anything from corporate memos to a shopping list. (Go, go, drafter power!) He’s got a black background, realistic eyes, and kissy spots that make you wish you had some plaster carrots stashed away.
I really love this color combination and I have a hankering to try it out on a stablemate!
Christmas is a time for inflicting crafts on loving relatives, so when December rolled around last year I grabbed some resin and started making magnets! I didn’t get the best of photos of these little guys, so I probably should bug family for some updates. 😉
These four little guys were the first finished copies of this mold, although I had done a bunch of plaster casting prior to this. The plaster was having a lot of problems (this was before I perfected the mixture) and I figured the resin copies would be a safer alternative.
The metal ‘ornaments’ that they are magnet-attached to are the same metal disks you can see behind my Etsy magnets. I painted them with acrylics and sealed with a matte finish. I was playing around with christmas colors, but also trying to make them look like gas giants. If I had them to do over, I’d have used a metal primer instead of trying to work with the gesso. Even with my layers of finish they are prone to scratching. 🙁
Alas, I have lost my art notebook (Volume I) so I’m not sure what colors I used, although I can guess for most of them. Notes on materials are below each horse and I’ll update them when I find the book.