Wednesday, December 12, 2012
A foal halter
The "chain" of the browband was created with hot-fix iron-on spots. I used the smallest size and cut them into rough squares. They taught me something I already knew: the gun has to be HOT before fixing works properly.
This might be a good time to point out how I make the holes on such a small scale piece of tack (or any model tack!). A great deal of trouble and expertise is spent on trying to make circular holes; see Jennifer Buxton's blog. I hope I mention often enough how indebted I am to CAROL WILLIAMS who gave me the idea to use slits instead of holes. Once I switched to slits, cutting them with a custom-built needle chisel, I had no problems. Slits are far less stressful on the leather and much more in scale. Moisten the lace, run a needle through to widen the hole and let it dry -- presto.
The buckles and rings are all made from goldplated wire. The brow conchos were made from Dolls-house Christmas Tree brass ornaments. I've had these hanging around forever -- Clare Bell Brass Works??!? -- ever since I was in my Draft Harness heydays in the 1980s. The solid one was perfect for the job since the Rio Rondo harness brasses I usually use were too big. Yes, even the Classic ones!
The noseband stitching is a test of an idea I've had for a long time. It is painted, yes, but also sunk in. Lines were cut on the leather, then paint applied and wiped off -- it stayed only deep in the cuts. The natural grain and roughness of the leather, interrupting the smoothness of the lines, makes it appear there are 'stitches.' This is a good example of model tack as the art of optical illusion.