Sunday, February 28, 2010
Every post deserves a picture so here's today's:
I didn't take it, but I thought it was cute (and tack related!).
Saturday, February 27, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
The only problem? It's not getting here soon enough.Every single day this week, I have waited for the mailman to bring me my new horsie. Every single day I have been disappointed.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
And when I say "the real thing," I mean exactly that. Google Images is a great tool, but pictures on a computer screen can never compare to real world observation. I like to touch and feel and peek under flaps and flip things over to see their undersides and.... Well, you get the picture!
So, with that in mind, I took a break from my studio and spent the day looking at real tack with my friend, Teresa.
Our first stop was an upscale English tack shop in Boulder, Colorado. I had not shopped there before and honestly, I can't really afford to shop there at all. Still, Teresa and I had a great time looking and touching and dreaming. I was especially impressed with this wall of Butets. Sigh. I just love a good French saddle...After we left FoxCreek, we headed back east to the barn where Teresa keeps her horse. There is a wonderful communal tack room there filled with high end dressage saddles,
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
My inspiration for this piece a pony sized pleasure harness that was featured on this blog nearly a year ago.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Today's Tack Tip is for everyone who's ever wanted a pink heart saddle even if it might land them on the Tacky Tack blog!This is a surprisingly easy effect to produce in miniature. You will need the usual tackmaking tools and supplies plus a rotary leather punch and two types of leather--lightweight tooling calf and some variety of colored leather.
As always, I start out by preparing my leather. This project works best when the tooling calf is very, very thin so that means a lot of skiving.Once I've achieved roughly the desired thickness, I ditch the knife and go in with sandpaper. I tend to alternate between sanding and treating with gum tragacanth until I have a smooth, even surface. Next, I flip the leather back onto its grain side. Using a clean paintbrush, I wet the leather... and lightly tool a heart into its still damp surface. I used the tip of my awl to do this. Here's my "secret weapon" for creating the round tops of the heart.
I choose the punch size that most closely corresponds to my tooled heart and then I carefully punch out the tops. I want to make sure I'm punching through the leather rather than twisting and tearing. Still, despite my best efforts, some fuzzies are inevitable.
Using a sharp X-acto knife I cut out the bottom section of the heart. The heart on the left has been punched and cut but not cleaned up. To make it look more like the hearts on the right, I will carefully trim the fuzzies with my X-acto knife and treat all the interior edges with gum tragacanth. I don't rush through this stage. The cleaner and smoother the inside edges, the better the finished product will look. The last step is to glue the tooling leather over the colored leather. I am mindful not to let any glue ooze out and ruin the clean and polished look I've been working towards.And that's it--hope your Valentines Day is a good one!