Tuesday, June 16, 2020

The making of Marezilla

Last year, Laura Skillern Sailer created the second best Performance entry in the history of the BreyerFest Best Customs Contest.
Unfortunately for her, that was also the year of Kylee Parks' amazing - and huge - circus horses. Instead of claiming top honors, Laura's wonderful entry had to settle for second place.
Laura was determined to come back even bigger and better this year, but life intervened. She writes: I've had a really, really, really long year already, and it's just June. My husband and I sold our house in San Antonio and bought a bigger property near Ft. Worth. Moves are time consuming and stressful under normal circumstances, but we all know this year hasn't been normal circumstances. I'll spare you the gory details, but suffice it to say, my time has been really limited. 

I originally intended to enter the Best Customs Contest Performance division this year. However, as I packed up my studio, I realized that maybe it just wasn't meant to be. On the plus side, I was really excited by this year's theme: Pairs. I've had this mare and foal idea bouncing around in my head for a while and I figured, why not now? I still had access to my clay, and I figured I could locate at least some of my painting supplies before the deadline.

So it began. Laura gathered up some baby pictures of her real horse, Simon.
 So cute!
 She used those to customize a portrait using the 1:6 "Foalzilla" model.
Baby Simon with big Simon. 
Laura chose Misty as the base mold for mama. She writes: I love the old Misty mold - what Breyer collector doesn't? - and I felt she was the ideal choice for the broodmare I hoped to create with this custom.
She used the baby to determined the size of the mare... 
Sure, that works.
...and built the armature.
Misty is in there... somewhere! 
Laura writes: The mare is so big I had to sculpt her largely upside down because I couldn't reach her withers with her in my lap without getting poked by her legs. 
It took one Misty and three tubs of brown epoxy to create her.
Here's the final result.
Another configuration.
These two really do "pair well together"!
Congratulations, Laura, on another fabulous Best Customs Contest entry. Next year, back to performance!


  1. So cute!
    I don't know if I would really count that as a custom Breyer, but whatever works I guess!

  2. Wow! That misty was really hidden! I really love foal!

  3. Finally a really good mare for Foalzilla. She could be named Buried Mist.