Thursday, April 18, 2013
These beasties have been under construction for several weeks. It's not their fault that my tackmaking this spring has been slowed down to nearly a full stop. Only recently, and through a lot of hard work!! have I been able to make any progress at all. Many parts of these reins had to be done three times over to get them right! For instance, d'you remember the twist?
(No, that is not a dance question!)
Another part I had to do three times over was the central button in the groups, a Pineapple with a single Interweave. Sounds simple, but it wasn't. I was so out of practice I forgot my own recipes and procedures, and it took 3 tries to 'rediscover' normal. The first try the core was too big; the second, I used the wrong thread... Cores to these are merely three half hitches of a smaller gauge thread, something I'd forgotten.
I'm gonna continue to call them crazy buttons...
I rarely use them, despite their being fun and interesting. The last time I did was on a pair of reins for K. Smith, in 2007. Before that, I have only used them on my own Malaguena's FiB RiB [fully braided rawhide bridle], and that because it was a mere doubling; I didn't know how to do interweaves then.
On one of these turnback buttons, the long ones next to the bit, I had to rebraid the dark brown after the white was finished. This was the first time I'd tried such a trick: pulling out the dark brown without disturbing the existing white button. Amazingly, it worked.
Let's take a look at the full scale version of what these reins are a portrait of:
More pictures are on my website.
This is the first bridle I've made where the reins have wear leathers on the turnback loops. I confess the picture color didn't come out quite right, and the wear leathers are not really so bright orange. They're actually much more subdued and natural-colored, like the reins themselves. I used very thin skiver and hand-sewed them in place.
A reminder: I will be visiting family and friends in Kansas and Colorado from May 2 to June 17. If there aren't any blog posts for May and June that's why. If I could make tons of tack on trips I would, but my history is against me. I find it difficult to sell copies of the Guide when I'm on the road, so your patience is appreciated. I look forward to returning with plenty of travel tales! (sorry, no canoe this time!)
And I'm looking forward to NAN, and beyond it, BreyerFest!!