Posts Tagged ‘mini whinnies’

It’s nearly time for Breyerfest! I seriously considered going this year and had most of it all planned out. Then time got away from me, prices went up and other things got in the way. Now I am kicking myself.

In the end it’s probably a good thing I’m not going, because work has been, well, bad this summer, and taking a few weekdays off would be out of the question.

But then I had an opportunity to go see The Phantom of the Opera in Spokane (it was amazing and beautiful and the cast was perfect) which may not have happened if I had BF coming up… so yeah. I’m not going to feel too bad because seeing the opera ghost live was literally a dream come true. (now the ultimate would be to see the original on Broadway, but who knows if I can make a NYC trip happen!)

Anyway, even though I have to put Breyerfest off for another year, I’m still looking forward to hearing all about it. I can’t wait to read through blogs and see everyone’s pictures, as well as find out what the surprise model is.

I also want to draw attention to this excellent post by Knight’s Tale Studio – it’s definitely worth a read!

If you’re heading to Kentucky this week, whether it’s to meet friends, watch the performances, show or brave the NPOD…

She takes her NPOD shopping very seriously.

… remember to have FUN, and be respectful and kind and not like my obnoxious rider dolls.

Having fun is what it’s about right? I’ll look forward to reading all about it! 🙂

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Shorty after making the clock horse I decided that I wanted to try making a lamp. I don’t know much about the history behind the Breyer lamps, but I’ve always liked them and thought that making one in miniature would be fun.

The mare and foal ended up on my desk for a few months, after I had decided that the idea was going no where and I hated their color and I should just quit while I was ahead because I’m not a painter and so on and so forth.

Then yesterday I picked them up again, decided that I didn’t hate them anymore (funny how that works) and somehow managed to finish the project.

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I did consider wiring it to be a working lamp, but after researching it a bit, figured that would be much too complicated, even with a battery powered light. Instead, I settled for a couple beads.

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The shade ranks as one of the most frustrating things I have ever put together. I would’ve liked it to be a bit neater but yeah. This will just have to do.

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So even though it’s not perfect and I’m still definitely not a painter, I’m still pleased with it. Perhaps it’s imperfections mean it was stuck in an old attic or something… just waiting to be found…

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Last week I had all my mini whinnies scattered on my desk, (where did they all come from…!?) and was comparing the molds to the Traditional Breyer molds just for the heck of it. The saddlebred reminded me of the American Saddlebred stallion, which made me think of that clock they released for their 50th anniversary.

Then this happened:

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I wasn’t overly concerned about perfect seams and smooth, realistic color – I just wanted to mimic the real model. I’ve never painted a “real” horse color either so this was fun.

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I made the clock from bits of craft wood, sanding and slicing and sawing it until it sort of resembled the shape I was going for. The clock itself was printed out and covered with a thick glaze.ClockHorse5

I’m really happy with the end result!ClockHorse6

I’m not planning on creating a bunch of “mini-me” micros, but I do have more ideas…

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