Thursday, October 10, 2013
But to begin at the beginning.
Every big project has to start somewhere. Thanks to Alison and Jennifer I had the tree. Thanks to other factors, I'm finally starting to have some time, although 'tis a fraction of what I could spend on model tackmaking! And thanks to some odd idea of working from edges inwards, I eventually decided to start this monster saddle with the stirrups. Once it was broken down into parts, things began moving.
I'd better show you the reference.
Take it from me kiddoes: Choosing to engrave these stirrups AFTER putting the necks and leathers on them, burying them in a huge lump of plastic, was WRONG!!!! BAD IDEA!!! Oh, I thought I was clever: I knew better than to put Thermo-Loc right against the leather, and embedded them in paper towels... but Oh, OH, DID I calculate the consequences of burying a 3-dimensional, inch-square leather-covered object in solid grey plastic??
DID I realize how hard that stuff would be to get OFF??
No, gentle reader. Not at all.
It took an hour to free just one. An hour of tiny little cuts, shaving the Thermo-Loc off bit by bit, aware every stab how easy it would be to cut either myself or the stirrup, making a pile of thin grey scrapings. The Thermo-Loc could not be saved. It is a miracle I saved the stirrup. The second one took only 20 minutes. There was some damage, but nothing that couldn't be glued or Edge-dyed.
These stirrups are incomplete. Neck leather wraps are still needed, as well as conchos.