Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Experimenting with magnets

Horse boots can pose a real problem for the performance shower.  By their nature, they don't lend themselves to speedy tack changes.  As a result, it's not uncommon to see models performing bare legged even in events where leg protection is the norm.

Over the years I've tried numerous methods to make my boots user friendly.  To date, nothing has been a roaring success.  Buckles require a fair amount of patience and manual dexterity.  Tack it Over and Over glue is fickle.  Velcro is out of scale.   

Recently however, I've heard of two ideas that have the potential to revolutionize the way I make boots.  One is Anna's wire method.  The other involves micro-magnets. 
Meg Walker mentioned these on the modelhorsetack yahoo group.  I was immediately intrigued by the possibilities and placed an order.  My magnets arrived today, and they both wonderfully tiny...
and strong.  
Really, really strong!
I can't wait to start experimenting with these in earnest.  Thanks for the idea, Meg.  I can't remember the last time I was this excited about making horse boots!


  1. Maybe I'll have something to show you on Thursday. It would be so nice to have boots that looked great and were super easy to use!

  2. I have some a little bit bigger and they work great for holding doll heads on to the body, too. :) Trying to figure out if I want to insert them into hooves and find a metallic plate to make a base system for tippy or two-point models... Not sure if the pull of the magnet would cause the sculpted area to break down over time though...

  3. Wow, that looks AWESOME. Crying shame they're not small enough for my itty bitty guys. I can't wait to hear how they work out!

  4. If it works out I want to be in line for an order!

  5. Cool! Now I'm wondering if they could be soldered onto the inside of bits and used instead of sticky wax. Hmm.

  6. Ooooh yes, those look perfect! I'd love to see what you can come up with!