Monday, March 22, 2010


I promise--I will get back to tackmaking eventually. In fact, my original plans for today involved a leadrope, two pairs of boots and a bridle. That didn't happen, but I'm not complaining.

Not in the least.

That is because my friend Regan came over with a big box of customizing tools and in progress customs. I love working with other people. It's so nice to have another set of eyes and hands, plus it's just plain fun! Here's a look at a few of the day's many projects
I began the day working on my Experiment resin. This is how he looked when I first bought him about a year ago--pretty rough by any standard!
Experiment was intended to be a classic sized lightbreed mare, but when I looked at him, I saw a traditional scale pony gelding. I did a lot of work towards that goal, but eventually I got busy with other things and abandoned him.

Poor scary no-eye pony! This is how he's looked for most of the last year.
I rebuilt the eyes a couple nights ago. They're not perfect, but at least he's not blind anymore.
Today, I removed the mane and forelock. Shortly thereafter, Regan observed that my pony had a very horse-like head. Darn it, she was right!
So, my next goal was to pony-ify the head by adding epoxy to the forehead and jowls. I think it's working.
I also spent some time on Little Miss Suki, who seems to have lost an ear.
Oh, there it is!
Trying out a few different positions.
Reattached but still in need of sculpting. That will have to wait for another day!
Regan brought my favorite of her in progress customs. This is Alyssa, a Breyer Quarter Horse gelding remade into a trotting Lipizzan mare. It's hard to believe, but Regan is an even slower customizer than I am--this piece has been in the works for more than a decade!
Alyssa's muzzle was much too wide, so Regan used her dremel to split in half lengthwise.
She then softened the plastic with a heat gun...
and squashed the halves back together. Neither one of us had ever done this before but it worked out just fine!
Regan also spent some time working on this little Bahira resin which--like my Experiment--had been without eyes.
Last but not least, she sculpted a new section of mane for my green Little One. I'd broken the original piece off while I was prepping the legs...
I snapped one last picture before Regan packed up and headed home. It's a group photo of everyone we worked on today.
None of these horses are ready for paint, but they're all at least a step or two closer than they were this morning. I would call that a most productive day!

And maybe tomorrow I'll make the leadrope and the boots and the bridle...


  1. Cool work! I love Suki's expressive ears. You know, if you ever tire of tack tips, some customizing tips would be welcomed by at least one of your faithful readers :)

  2. I think you're right that Experiment's body looks much more pony gelding than full size mare - not being familiar with the model at all, when I first saw it I thought pony.

  3. Elissa/Alyssa was original "finished" in 1994 or so, but that didn't work out so I'm at it again. I'll have to show you the picture sometime!

  4. I love the little tweak on Suki's ear! Very cute

  5. What's the name of the Experiment resin? I looked for it on under that name but couldn't see it.

  6. I think Experiment is just that--an experiment. It's a little hard to tell from the pictures, but I'm guessing he started life as a custom Breyer Swaps. I also suspect that he was cast at home by Jessica Fry as an experiment in resin making. I know she sold a couple seconds on MH$P (where I found mine) but I don't know that there was ever an official resin release.

    In addition to the missing leg, mine also had a wildly asymmetrical head. That's why I had to redo the eyes.

    No complaints though, I think he cost me all of $15 including the shipping!