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Green Presentation Set

A few months back I accepted a commission for a couple Arabian tack sets. Over the weekend I completed the first, which was based off a halter/collar set for real horses:

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The goal was to try to re-create it in miniature as closely as possible, which brought a lot of challenges. I like being challenged in tack-making though, and this set had me thinking outside the box for quite a few things.

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While it’s not an exact copy of the original, I think it’s still pretty close, even with the slight changes in design.

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I am really pleased with the gold medallions and “beaded” tassels. The medallions were made from black Sculpey clay, with a layer of gold Pearl Ex pigment brushed on.

The tassels were created with a mix of thin wire and polymer clay as well, in both liquid and solid form.

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All in all, I’m pleased with how it turned out, as so is the new owner, which makes me happy. 🙂

In other news…

I’ve had several people ask me when I’ll be posting more things for sale on Etsy, and my answer is that I don’t know yet. Soon, I hope, but “soon” can mean so many different things. I am planning on posting a preview on my blog (with a date!) first, so really, the best way to stay informed is to subscribe to my blog via email, or like my page on facebook, since I crosspost over there. I’m not trying to gain new followers by saying that, haha, but since I will not be following-up with individuals whenever I post something new for sale, it really is the best way to stay informed. Thanks so much for the interest in my work, I really appreciate it. 🙂

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Time for Tassels

Tying tassels is one of those things I dread doing but enjoy once I get into it. Once I zone out the entire process goes by pretty quickly, which is good because there really isn’t a quick way to make these things.

I start by making an assembly-line of sorts. First, each tassel is cut and tied in half:

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Once they are all wrapped…

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… it’s time to add beads.

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Finished! With a few extra tassels to spare. (always a good thing!)

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And it only took 3 hours.

But like I said… once I zone out it goes by fast. And this helps too:

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Earlier this year I was asked if I would like to donate something for the auction at the Utterly Horses Hullabaloo, a three day event held in the UK. Would I! I wanted it to be something special, and new Arabian costume was the result. I put so much into this piece, and it’s been tough keeping quiet about it till now!

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UHH_Costume08UHH takes place at the end of August. If you’re in the UK, you should definitely check it out!

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