Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Akhal Teke Buckle Questions
I am proud of my design of this smaller ring. (Alas I don't even know their correct names! Neck rings? Neckbands? Collars??) It's a diminutive of the first neckband, matching and yet complete in itself. A lot of experimentation is paying off with the jewels, which still have to be done in layers. This shot shows the top of the neck (sort of). Yes, they are adjustable.
How to do the buckle and strap?! It looked like I knew what I was doing. Heather Moreton's fabulous close-up reference photos showed tongue buckle and strap on the inside, so that's what I made. But knowing what the full scale guys do is only half the battle. I still have to adapt, Translate, that for the model scale: for human fingers working around a 1:9 scale model horse, and for the horse himself. I prefer at least an inch of strap; and not wanting to scratch the horse, I naturally set the buckle so the tongue was away from the horse.
And suddenly the strap had no place to go.
I can think of 2 solutions. One is to reverse (or flop) the buckles and have the strap pass to the inside: to be hidden inside the collar. Tricky, bothersome, but it could be done, much as breastcollar tug straps are done. It would mean risking scratching.
Another solution would be to switch to friction buckles. Easier to fasten and adjust and take on and off, a huge concern with the TSII: I build for use. These would have much less risk of scratching. Great idea!! Who needs a king?? ---- umm, the nominal king we all worship, devotion to reality!?!! Friction buckles would 'dumb down' some of the most incredibly-detailed miniature tongue-buckled tack I've ever made.
I always have this problem.
I guess I am.
I designed the bridle with a drawing.
Wait and see.