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I was hoping to have more posts (and progress!) made by now, but last week was rough and… yeah. BUT, some progress was made over the weekend!

I got the crown piece and browband made.

The crown piece is split, which is always a bit stressful (for me anyway!) as it can go wrong so easily. Mine isn’t exactly how I want it either… since I used two different buckle sizes on the cheek and throat pieces, I tried to cut the lace in the correct widths to match that. I came close, and everything buckles ok, but the hardware is really rough on the lace because it’s not exact. I doubt I could get it exactly right, but it’s something I need to pay closer attention to in the future. :/

The browband came out ok though.

Most of my references have this decorative stitching on each end, so I added that and went over it with the gold paint again. I kind of like how it’s tying together with the hardware and all.

The next piece I decided to tackle was the brass rosettes on the browband. On my refs, this is almost always a circle with a scalloped edge, and a cone-like shape in the center of it. (though I did find one made from pieces of leather!)
I really didn’t want to stick with a plain brass circle as a substitute, so I tried to make them from scratch instead.

At first I thought a 1/4 in circle would be large enough. I used a circle template to visualize this:

I used the template to cut a bunch of circles out from paper. In the end, I went with a 5/16 circle as it looked the best on the browband:

To make the rosettes, I rolled out a thin sheet of black polymer clay and used the template to cut out a tiny circle.

The “cone” shape was made by stacking even smaller circles on top of each other. It was very fiddly to get right, and I did have to squish up a few attempts before I got one I was happy with:

Instead of trying to make another one exactly like it, I decided to make a mold from Amazing Mold Putty. I picked up this stuff a while ago from Michaels and have played around with it for polymer clay food.

The copy isn’t quite like the original, but it’s fairly close. These I painted with gold alcohol ink:

They’re attached to the browband with E6000:

On the horse:

They’re not super shiny and perfect but I think they turned out ok. 🙂 I am pretty happy with how this set is coming together. I still have plenty of pieces to make though. April’s nearly halfway over already, ack!


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The cheek pieces and bit were up next. These were each cut from two pieces of very thinly skived lace, 1/4″ and 1/8″ for those curious.

My references have this stitched piece on top of the larger one, so I was trying to imitate that:

Two more tiny straps were buckled in place. The loose ends will go around the bit shanks and glued down underneath. On full size bridles, I think that strap is actually part of the cheek piece. I believe it loops behind the noseband, through the bit, keeper and through the buckle.
It’s possible to do this in model scale, but it would result in the flesh side of the leather facing upward, which is what I’m trying to avoid.

Anyway! Here it is minus the bit:

Speaking of the bit, I have had no luck trying to obtain a gold plated stud bit. I figured I would have to use a silver one for the time being, or find a way to customize one. I decided to try the customizing.

To add some more depth, I added a tiny drop of glue to each shank. I did rough up the piece with a pin beforehand, hopefully to help the glue grab on a little better.

When that was completely dry, it was time to add color. I picked up this set of alcohol inks from Joanns, after hearing a lot about them in all those miniature videos I watch. 😛 They have a much better coverage than metallic paint, dry quickly, and seem to cover metal well too. It was worth a try, anyway!

Here it is after a couple coats of the ink, and a coat of varnish. I didn’t cover the back of the pieces- you can’t see them anyway and I didn’t want to risk any weird reactions or transfers to the horse!

Not perfect of course but I am pleased with the result. I have no idea how it will hold up though. I painted a scrap piece of etched metal with the gold and tried to scrape it off, and it held up fairly well so we’ll see!

Here it is all together, held in place with string for now.

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So far, my project for NMTM is off to a good start. I’m going to attempt to document as much of it as I can this month, so there will probably be a lot of blog posts about it. 😛

I started by clearing off my work space and gathered some of the materials. I’m paranoid about making tack for resins (I think this is why I’ll be an OF girl always, haha!) so Woodbridge has a soft piece of material to cover him up. I feel a little better about moving him around my desk now.

I’ve decided to start with the bridle first, beginning with the noseband. Yes, I skive lace on a wooden block. No, I don’t recommend it, as it’s easy for the blade to get stuck in the wood. But it’s what I’ve got for now. I’ve found it easier to have the lace up higher while skiving. I don’t hunch over quite as much this way, and it helps me keep the blade as horizontal as possible, helping reduce the amount of times I slice through the lace. (well, sometimes)

Skiving lace has gotten easier for me too. I use a lot of short, light strokes, taking off layers of fuzz rather than big pieces. It’s more time consuming that way but it seems to work for me. 🙂

Anyway, I cut the noseband out of a piece of 1/4″ lace, then after skiving it, added two loops for the cheek pieces. After cutting off the excess to shape it, I added stitchmarking and a decorative bit of “stitching” in the center. This would have shown up a lot better if I had used tooling leather instead of lace, so I went over it with a touch of gold paint to bring it out instead.

The second piece of the noseband is super tiny:

The ends of the straps are glued to the underside of the noseband piece. I covered those ends with very thin strips of lace, to add a little more strength. There’s probably a better way to do this but I think it’ll work for now.

On the horse:

I figured this was a good stopping point for the day- hooray for progress!

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