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.

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

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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!!

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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…

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

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Here’s a simple felt bareback pad…

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

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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:

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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.

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I attempted to make another English saddle:

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

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

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In 2008-ish I made a harness:

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Still, I welcome constructive criticism.๐Ÿ™‚

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

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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.

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I thought I would compare it to my previous saddle:

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Yay for progress!