Thursday, July 7, 2011

My miniature horse jump

After making five bridles in the space of one week, I was feeling a wee bit burned out on tackmaking.  In an effort to recharge my creative batteries, I decided to make something entirely different.  This is what I came up with:
Without a doubt, the most difficult part of this project was making the jump cups.  Usually I buy jump cups from Rio Rondo or The World of Model Horse Collecting, but those are designed for square posts.  This jump has round standards so I was forced to get creative.

Fortunately, I'm good at creative.

I have a lot of thin sheet metal leftover from various projects.  Using my tin snips, I carefully cut out the jump cups...
and used a metal awl and mallet to punch the holes for the pins. 
Next, I bent the jump cups into shape and slid them over the standards.  I aligned the holes and slid the pins into place.

Sounds pretty easy, right?  Well, it wasn't.  In fact, It was frustrating and fiddly and not much fun.  I'm pleased with the finished product, but I'm also more than ready to get back to what I do best.  Tomorrow I'm making tack!

13 comments:

  1. Nice! Though I would have wimped out and just went with square standards and pre-made jump cups :-D

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  2. You do amaze me...

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  3. So did you slit the actual part that holds the pole so that it is able to curl? That's pretty darn cool!! I might try it to make square ones, since that's about all I have right now. I have some from Rio, but I can always use more!!

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  4. I thought it looked like they used duct tape in your reference photos =D

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  5. Making your own jump cups is a worthwhile project if only because it makes you feel so much better about paying for cast ones!

    Seriously--it can be quite difficult to get the holes aligned properly. I ended up discarding nearly as many cups as I kept. This is a neat way to fit odd sized standards and it *is* a lot cheaper than buying pre-made jump cups. Still not a technique for the easily frustrated!

    Teresa--I'm not sure that was meant as a compliment but I'm choosing to take it as one! ;)

    Bif--The cups were white and they definitely had pins of some sort. The jump heights were adjusted several times (most notably before the jump off in the jumper classes) and there was no duct tape in evidence! Probably my cup as though they're "close enough".

    (Duct tape would have been easier)

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  6. All I have to say is WOW! I think that is an amazing jump with those authentic looking cups. I cannot begin to imagine the patience, but then, you are a tackmaker so your patience is already a given - lol! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Hmmm, I like these. Though I think instead of using an awl to make the holes, I would bend the cup into shape, then put it on a scrap piece of wood and use my drill to make the holes. It would still take a bit of practice though....

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  8. Oh yes! I have been reluctant to buy premade hoitytoity expensive cups. And now this. THIS. *happy grin* Thankyou for sharing this method. I'm gonna give it a go. ;-)

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  9. awwww!! why is it that small horses and small things are so cute!? :)

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  10. They look great! I really like the way the round standards look!

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  11. love it. any pics of the bending process?

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  12. I wish I could do that!!! You made them look so nice and realistic :)

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