These tiny halters were begin August 20 and were finished on the 27th. The horse head shown below belongs to a Stone Pebbles, scale 1:18. I'm using kangaroo lace, trimmed, skived and beveled, and gold-filled hardware. I found a Rio Rondo buckle for the crown, and I had rings and squares; but I was flummoxed about the halter squares. Even if they existed out there, I didn't have time to order them.
This is the cool part about being a model tackmaker. I made them from gloss gold ikandis (a brand name of metal iron-on bling spots), using the smallest tube on my hole punch, my X-Acto knife, my needle chisels and some jeweller's metal files.
There is a square and ring for the halters' chinstraps. These squares came from Rio Rondo buckles I had cut in half and sent off to be plated. Alas, I've lost touch with my plater -- I don't know if they still exist.
I don't want to think about how badly they must have kicked during that carving...!!
At this scale it is no shame to use glue. The hardest work is getting the lace small enough: it takes endless skiving, cutting and beveling, shaving it down and feeling it up, trimming the shreds --- and then doing it again. It's a lot of hand work, but the only way I know to get it right... and I've been getting it right for a very long time.
Here's my reference link. Although it features the wagon shop for the first 8 minutes (the first half), the second half is rich with harness detail.
New Borax Wagons on Parade
There are other videos of the Twenty Mule Borax Team, but this one sufficed.