One of the reasons progress has been slow on Akhal Teke presentation set #3 is that I made a mistake. It is embarrassing to admit, but I didn't detect anything wrong until I reached the bezel stage of the second neckpiece (which has 3 rows of spots instead of 2). Without really thinking, I had made it the same length as the first neckpiece. (The bases were pre-cut.) A test-fasten revealed that its strap was just a wee bit short. Oh the sorrow of that wee bit! DUH, Lonesome Glory's (and every other horse's) neck gets larger the further down it goes, --- and one might just want the second neckpiece to be a bit longer. Lesson learned! Play with your tack, before during and after construction!!
Here is a close-up of No. 3's second neckpiece. No PhotoShopping this time: This is what it really looks like.
I could figure no way to make the first one longer without serious damage. The strap (and buckle) is sewn in before the spots are hot-ironed on, so I'd have to peel some spots off to install a longer one, and all the spots are one-time use. Worse, the neckpiece was the wrong color for AT #4; retrofitting it would mean more sacrifices of the existing jewel plates. For reasons probably of pride (and possibly of profit), I chose to make a whole new neckpiece. That is what you see here: an entire second attempt. It came out beautifully, thank heavens.
AT#'s pattern is four sapphires and a ruby in the middle, which shows up at the throat. Here it is on a Lonesome Glory (this body is Goin For Gold, known in my herd as DunRovin):
And here are both neckpieces, a 2-row and a 3-row, for AT #3. These two are adjusted to the middle of their ranges; their buckles are at the middle hole of their straps. Although hard to see, note the dark brown Edge Cote; in person it gives definition and heft, a nice touch for so light a leather color.
The first attempt will probably show up for sale or auction sometime around BreyerFest.
To my two oh-so-patient customers: Your orders continue to be my first priority, getting the lion's share of my attention, even ahead of Orlik! Thank you so much for your understanding.