Thursday, October 3, 2019

Reunification

I took him home and put him on my work desk, and there he sat - both parts of him - for months on end. Every time I looked at his pieces, I thought about putting him back together. Then I'd make a mental calculation as to how long that would take, and I'd remember how many things I had to do before the Jennifer Show, and... There he sat - both parts of him - for months on end.

Well, the Jennifer Show is over.

Last week, I moved the Amarant pieces from the piled up side of my work desk to the active making side. The first thing I did was build some internal supports. These allowed him to be free-standing for the first time since I'd owned him.
So satisfying!
After that, I glued the halves together and covered the seem with epoxy. 
That should have been the end of the customizing, but somewhere along the way, I got curious about the knotted tail. I pulled up Maggie's website and read her description of him.

 It said: Amarant is Tumbleweed's tame(-ish) brother. With his cropped mane and knotted tail, he makes me think of a modern-day knight's horse at a renaissance festival. I imagine him as someone's beloved mustang gelding, who still remembers a bit of the wild. His name means "unwilting" or "unfading".

Just like that, I knew that my Amarant needed to be tack friendly. I very carefully carved out spaces between his ears and neck and made - not a true bridlepath - but a spot in his mane where a crownpiece could lie. Then, for good measure, I reduced the bottom of his forelock just enough to allow passage of a browband. The changes are barely perceptible when he's naked, but now he can be tacked up.
I'm pretty sure he wants to wear a Native American costume someday.
When I first started buying resins, I could only afford project horses. I'm better funded these days, but I still really love the projects. I was so happy to score this Amarant at BreyerFest, and I'm even happier now that he's back in one piece and wearing a halter. 

1 comment:

  1. That tail is still incredibly unrestrained. I love how carefully you've tack-friended him.

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