Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Having said that, once more I am amazed at how much is here.
These pictures show a "holder" bosal, a plain sinew one (that was used for the Guide). It is NOT the one Fancy's Hackamore winds up with, nor is it anything like the original 2005 one. That bosal will be the subject of the last post in the series. So hang on! This chapter is all about the headstall.
Basically it is 4 heavy threads tied in two Crowns and a Wall: Undercrown, Overcrown, Wall. The threads are fed through 2 small needle-chiseled slits about 5mm apart.
Now we bound ahead, to the decoration of the headstall. Fancy's design was unique, even though I'd been doing flat braiding since 1995.
No pictures were taken of me setting the silver beads. The lace is split in place, with a needle chisel, and the beads are set on one by one. They are opened by mashing them end-down on the blunt awl, then closed with the needlenose pliers. Careful work is needed to smoothe down any raised edges, so as not to scratch, and to set the edges on the inside, where they don't show. As I was setting them, 10-year-old memories arose, telling me to cut and file some of them smaller (the round beads), to fit the smaller gauge of leather. These silver beads were obtained at the Gem Show in Tucson, as necklace makings. Their origin is overseas.
The idea of using Hill Tribes Silver miniature beads in parallel rows would be used again in 2007, with Jennifer Buxton's Green Braided Set:
On to the browband tassels.
The interweave rings are put on in turquoise heavy thread, using a blunt needle.
In other news: BreyerFest was a whopping success!! Thank you Erin: it's a fabulous saddle and I love it!! Thank you Heather, Ann and Eleanor: every minute was wonderful. Thank you Heather Malone for the BHR Buffalo; now I'm gonna have to post something on him. He brings my Buffalo Conga up to 10. And I finally sold my Matinee Idol, featured on this blog (August 2014). Kudos to all the newcomers - may your horses bring you great joy!
My Quelle Surprise was the matte Appy. I would trade him for a glossy Appy, if there are any out there willing. I had originally wanted the Perlino but find myself changing my mind as the Appy grows on me. My Ganache is up for trade for a Haute Couture. Perhaps I can come up with something extra to make this deal more attractive.
Thanks to everyone for offering on Fancy's Hackamore! and to those patiently waiting, still, for me to finish the last 2 Lottery winners...
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Having said that, I'm amazing myself with how much IS being shared here! We have already covered the ingredients of a model mecate in great depth; now for combining the parts! In this first shot, the three parts are hung on the braiding anchor hook.
Time for a correction. In my last blog I indicated that 3'2" was too short, by saying "O.K., Fancy's original mecate was a bit short..." By the numbers, one-ninth of a twenty-two foot mecate would be 29.3 inches. Far from being too short, 3'2" is nine inches too long. We'll have to see how much is used up with tying on the quirt and the tassel...
The trick here is to spin in the ends: to open the twist and allow it to 'grab' them, and blend them in.
But I want a white horsehair tassel. The time to put it in is before any buttons are braided over the end knot.
The procedure is to thread a sharp needle with three lengths of dental floss. You want to minimize drag through the middle of the end knot, hence the folding and going twice through the needle's eye (shown above). The needle pierces up through the end knot, (in amoungst all those threads), then crosswise through the mecate body and then back down from another location, emerging at the same spot. Below we see the needle just starting to pierce back down.
Voila: horsehair tassel.
But don't trim it just yet. You need that length to hold on to during any braiding of buttons. This being a TSII mecate, it's gonna have a braided button. : ) Here is where I'm invoking previous statements. To fully cover miniature braiding would take a book. I refer to earlier blog posts, such as A Very Long Button: Tightening and A Very Long Button: Finishing. Braiding is covered in any number of books; that's how I learned it. Don't despair; the way this blog is going, I'll be covering this subject before all is said and done.
This button is a 7P 6B with two rings of Interweave. It was done in self color, that is, all one color: rawhide heavy thread.
See you at BreyerFest!