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Mostly Done

Sorry for the lack of posts all month. 😦 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 visible to anyone else.

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Still, I welcome constructive criticism. 🙂

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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!

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Slow Going

It’s been nearly a month since I last posted here. (already?!) You’d think that after all this time, I would have something to show you all.

Well! I do! So here it is…

Yup. A Noseband. It’s taken me one month to sit down and create a NOSEBAND. Honestly- am I the world’s slowest tack maker or what? This is silly.

However, small as it is, I’m pretty pleased with it. I followed several tack tips on Jennifer’s blog… for the keeper on the buckle you can’t see, the raised noseband and the preparation of the lace. (If you’ve never read any of the tack tips on her blog, I highly suggest you do so! I’m so thankful there are hobbyists like Jennifer who are willing to share their knowledge/methods with everyone. It’s very much appreciated! :))

Now to make the the rest of it! Perhaps I’ll have it done by Christmas. Perhaps.

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Update and a Bit

Oh my word it’s July. And so far, it’s been an insanely BUSY July, at least with work. Overtime, yay? I suppose it’s a good thing… it is a job after all, and I’m very thankful for that, but goodness I can only take so much!

Aside from work, I’ve also found myself busy with this thing called socializing with people my age. 😉 Also, my wrists are FINALLY healing up! I’m not keeping them in braces unless I have to (especially at work) and I’m not in constant pain anymore!! They’re still a little sore and definitely stiff and weak, but I’m working on getting them back into shape again. This means two things: I can start taking up piano lessons again (which I missed very very much) AND get back into making model horse tack. (which I’ve also missed very very much)

Course, I don’t have a whole lot of extra time for that now, but hey. It’s summer and summers always seem to be really busy.

Yesterday was my day off though, so I spent the first half of it working on a Dressage bridle. Well, the bit anyway.

I find it incredibly satisfying to make my own hardware for tack. True, it’s definitely not as nice and polished as the cast or etched stuff, but I’m not making these pieces to sell or show so what difference does it make?

The above etched bit I ordered from Rio Rondo, and while it’s nice, it’s just so… flat. So… I attempted to fashion one myself out of wire, jump rings and seed beads. (and superglue!)

Any thoughts? It’s not perfect by any means, and my knowledge of dressage is very limited. I don’t even know if it will work without falling apart, but hey, it’s a first attempt.

Sadly that’s as far as I got for the day. 😦

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