I love seeing how things are made, especially big, ambitious things like Danielle Feldman's 2020 BreyerFest Customs Contest entry. In today's guest post, Danielle graciously peels back the curtain and allows us a peek into her creative process. Thank you, Danielle, and congratulations on creating a really amazing pair of horses.
Bert and Ernie
by Danielle Feldman
This is my first-ever entry for the Breyerfest Customs Contest.
When I learned that the Theme division this year was "Pairs Well Together," I instantly knew that I was finally going to customize this pair. I've had the idea kicking around in the back of my mind for quite some time and even had the Breyer bodies for it. From there, the idea grew to include this scene. Call me crazy, but I've always wanted to make an in-scale tree!
Bert and Ernie were made from a pair of Breyer Classic Quarter Horse foals.
The first step was to cut and heat the models into position.
Then I dremeled down the excess plastic and inserted a stable rod to replace a hoof.
Here's a picture of the sculpting in progress. I used sharpie to mark bony landmarks and areas that needed to be dremeled down or filled in. There's lots of back and forth.
This is a little further into the process, with mane and tail armatures added.
The handmade dandelions were created with laser sheets by Mary Kinloch. They are time-consuming, but I am hooked!
My husband's and my initials are carved into the tree.
Every leaf was hand stamped and individually glued into place. I am exhausted!
Here's one last picture of the boys. Sometimes they squabble just like their Sesame Street namesakes!