I should start this post with a picture of the finished breastcollar. Friends at BreyerFest will remember it in its almost-done stage, as will readers of this blog. :)
The buckles seen here, neck and martingale, were both handmade from sterling silver. Tongues are stainless steel wire, hammered and filed. Since I had such good reference for the buckles of this saddle set, and since I'd already gone to the trouble of creating "from scratch" every concho and plate, it was rather an easy decision to go all the way.
The breastcollar is lined on the back with superfine black lining leather. (Thanks again to Michelle M. for this.) It was at this stage I found out how cool it looked on Two Step, the dun Marsh Tacky from this year's BreyerFest.
As the writing says, 'Driving to the box [horse business mail box downtown], the answer occurred: Solder on a handle & cut it afterwards.' The drawings show how. My tack notebooks are chock full of such scribbles.
The bit was completed January 29, and the reins done in April. We're up over 80 hours here, spread out over 8 months... and I haven't even started the saddle yet!!
But I'm not worried.
Stay tuned, and Thanks for reading!