Friday, April 23, 2010

Size is relative

Kim's little harness is finished. I think it turned out ok, although I'm not completely convinced. I really struggle with this scale, and I tend to focus on all the things that are wrong rather than those that are right...Part of me really wants to believe that it's impossible to produce high quality tack in the smaller scales. However, there is abundant proof that other people can do exactly that. Here's a picture I received in my inbox yesterday from new tackmaker, Katlyn Cooper. This is the second saddle she's ever made, and not only is it good, it's tiny.
Katlyn writes: I read your recent post about mini tack and I think that harness is incredible. Minis are my passion and I just recently tried my hand at a mini western saddle and wanted to show you the results... I sculpted the stirrups out of Apoxie along with the saddle tree myself, since no one makes them for that tiny of scale, and the stirrups almost drove me to drink lol. The girth is as close to one of the traditional red and white string girths as I could get this tiny and it fastens on exactly the way a real saddle would. Now I just have to figure out how to make a matching bridle!
Oh, that's humbling--I think Katlyn's entire saddle is smaller than my harness' bridle! Next time I start whining about working in Pebbles scale, I'm going to look back at these pictures and remind myself that it could be so much worse!

9 comments:

  1. Wow... that really is tiny!! I dont know how anyone could have the patience to do that... Your harness bridle really does look nice though. :)

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  2. I made one...one...micromini western saddle. This was during my out of my mind phase. I also made the bridle, saddlepad AND to top the madness, I made a rider. And customized the horse. Sold the whole shebang as a package and it did well in shows, but I don't think I would do another. I am older and wiser now (Read that I can't see and my hands shake!)

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  3. I really enjoy the SM scale because it is so challenging. I've had to use a loop on several occasions and it's tricky to find things to use for SM tack. Several people have helped me. With each saddle I try to address a different issue, not only do I want it to be realistic and in scale but I also want it to be somewhat 'durable'. Lorrie

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  4. That harness bridle looks wonderful like all of your tack!
    The tiny saddle is incredible!

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  5. That harness bridle is incredible! I can't believe the detail in something that small =)

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  6. Hey I pained that horse for her and it wasn't easy painting that small either! especially since it was my 1st ever red roan! .. never again..lol (in roan that small I mean) I hadnt seen the saddle till now.. wow... I have one copy of that little resin here still to paint for myself still.. never even thought of tack for it! hmmm.. lol naw... hey Im working on a sm sized historic lippy for a client but wanted to surprise her.. can you do a pad and a halter with the nose right and long reins that small? Im making the poles for him to stand between and am reworking one of breyers little riders into the trainer... let me know if you could do it!
    Rebecca Turner
    www.solticeartstudio.blogspot.com

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  7. mean nose ring.. not right.. sorry... you know a lunging cavason?
    Rebecca

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  8. Ohgodno--that is MUCH too small for me!!! I'm crying over Pebbles scale strapgoods so I can't even begin to think about micormini anything!

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  9. nono.. not micro! I mean a stablemate.. its one of the lippy ones by AA.. what im looking for is a surcingle and red with white trim blanket ... like the red one on that lippy you did.. and a lunging halter.. the kind with the ring on the nose band? but then .. if pebbles is too small for ya then Im sure this would be too darn it.....I may have to try it myself I guess..lol I have some leather i can try and skiv... but no black.. hmm I hate to buys some when I need so little! I can make the rings I think.. with wire and I leather and jewelry tools... any suggestions?
    Rebecca T.

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