Copperfox Trifle

Another Copperfox model made her way to the herd a while back, but it’s taken me ages to get proper photos taken. This is Trifle, the Exmoor pony.


She is really nice in person, and I especially love her mealy nose.



The sculpt reminds me of a pregnant or nursing mare, so I hope we’ll get a Exmoor foal to go with her eventually. That would be perfect!!




Old Stablemate Tack

While attempting to organize some of my boxes of miniatures, I came across a bunch of old SM tack I made years ago. Aside from my customs, my remaining SM herd is all boxed up, so I thought it would be fun to get them out and play dress up.๐Ÿ™‚

When I first started collecting, I would go through the Breyer box catalogs and attempt to re-create the tack and props I saw pictured for my Stablemates. At the time being able to afford a traditional scale Breyer and all the accessories to go with it was pretty much a dream, so it only made sense to try and make it all myself. This was before I discovered the hobby existed online… once that happened I was completely hooked.๐Ÿ˜›

Up first, a lovely show cooler, probably based off of this one. I didn’t have any plaid or even solid colored fabric so I had to settle with the flowers. I think I may have some more stashed away somewhere…



This is supposedly a bosal bridle, made from embroidery floss and a big old plastic bead.


Here’s a simple felt bareback pad…



And an English saddle, also made from felt and complete with paperclip stirrups!



I also made tons of little props. I can remember a grooming box with micro-sized brushes, ground poles, multiple jumps, and a cavaletti set off the top of my head. Sadly, all that’s left now is a couple of feed bags:


Several years later I tried making SM tack again, armed with a little more knowledge this time.

Here’s a second bareback pad, also made from felt but stitched together.



I attempted to make another English saddle:



As well as a western one. It used to have a horn and a girth…


I also started an Arabian costume, but never finished it.



In 2008-ish I made a harness:


I didn’t want to even attempt to put this back together, so here’s a picture of it I dug up from an old post:


It’s fun to revisit these old pieces, and even though part of me is tempted to try making more mini tack, I think I’ll stick with the larger stuff for now.๐Ÿ˜„

Mostly Done

Sorry for the lack of posts all month.๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’ve been sick and not feeling motivated to get anything done.

Today I managed to get one thing done though, or rather, mostly done.

Once my supply order arrived I started to put together the rest of the saddle. The flaps were sewn together, the seat attached, and stirrup leathers added.


All that was left was to make the panels, which, as I expected, gave me loads of trouble. In the end I managed to come up with something decent, and even though I’m not 100% happy with them yet, I think they’re good enough for now.


I think I can say that this saddle is finished, hooray! Yes, it still needs a girth and a bridle to go with it, but those are projects I’ll tackle later.


It’s got some problems… I really messed up the placement of the D rings and the right side has something really “off” looking about it.


I am really critical of my own work though, so what may be major eyesores for me are probably (hopefully?) not as visibleย to anyone else.


Still, I welcome constructive criticism.๐Ÿ™‚




Here’s a quick shot of it on my Salinero model:


I made the pad to go with it earlier this month. I used a much smaller diamond pattern then usual, and I like the look, even though it takes a lot longer to create. I also tried to use a narrower bias binding around the edges, but that needs some more refining.



I thought I would compare it to my previous saddle:



Yay for progress!