Monday, 15 April 2013

New Look Blog

Recently I have been having problems with my actual website, being a flash site means quite a few people can't access it properly via iPhone, iPad etc (come on Apple, add flash!) even I can't get on it to alter things unless I'm on a laptop which is a pain.
 I pay for my site on a subscription basis so this makes me question whether it was worth continuing now its run out? As those who might have tried to visit it recently may have found out it is down as I haven't renewed it, instead I'm slowly shifting things over to here. I get just as many people visiting my blog plus they offer quite a bit for free which is great so I've been adding pages.

As a result I have given my blog a revamp, this took longer to make the header than anything else but I'm now happy with it. I might reconsider a new website later on if I decide to start taking commissions again but I don't see that happening anytime soon. ;)

While I was looking for some inspiration I came across this saddle, don't worry I haven't made a mini version......YET! lol. I keep wondering what performance it could be use in? Maybe a pony club saddle? I shall have to think on this one as it would be fun to make, hmmm......

Quick Edit - I have just added a tutorial  for Jump cups if your interested in making them. Its over in the pages, upper right hand side. ;)

Saturday, 13 April 2013

A New Found Talent

Every now and then I need a break from tack work and this normally means working on one of the customised ponies I have sat on my shelves but this time I decided to have a try at something different. Wood work isn't something I'm particularly good at but given the right tools I have achieved some nice results in the past, one being a lovely cross country jump for my EJ2. As per normal I decided to jump in feet first and try something a little extreme (not as bad as it could have been believe me, lol) and went with an idea of a show jump.

Having done some research and weighing up the pro's and con's of which jump would probably suit mine and my proxy showers needs most I came up with the plan to build a Grand Prix Oxer! (see, told you it wouldn't be something simple!). Because woodwork & painting takes time its been a work in progress for a while now, it did mean I could pick bits up now and then though which was great.

So this is my end result, a 1:9 scale Grand Prix Oxer in Dark Green and White -

As with my tack work I have tried to add as much detail as possible and kept it as clean as I could. I didn't want it pristine as in the real world show jumps just aren't like that, they get used and abused. I have to say it came out brilliantly, even my handmade lil jump cups. Its going to make a great addition to my collection and I can't wait to see it out and about at shows.

I also thought I'd share this pic too, nothing to do with model horses but it was a great picture taken by my son -

This is Nelly the Brazilian Tapir having a yawn. My son works at Amazon World Zoo Park as keeper and the tapirs are part his section he looks after, hence the close up shot. Nelly has had a traumatic few days as she gave birth to a little baby boy tapir on Wednesday night, I didn't see my son come home from work until 2am as he was up all night with her and the head keepers but by the sounds of it it was a once in a life time experience.  Hopefully I can post a pic of the lil bub in another post as I know he has lost of pictures and videos to share, plus baby Tapirs are so cute with their little stripes! :)

Friday, 5 April 2013

Quick Post....

This is just a quick post to put up a few photo's. Firstly some much better pictures of the Totilas Set with a few modifications for its new home ;)

And finally some pic's for Diane of her new Hunter set.....

Both sets were brilliant to make and played nicely the whole way, either I was lucky or I'm actually starting to get good at this?! lol :)

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Totilas steps out in style

I have finally completed a few saddle sets today....yay! One of them being the new Totilas set I have been working it is!

I'm loving this set! It just looks super smart on him and really does say 'look at me!'. I have hand made each little gold keeper from real brass and sealed the back so it can't rub, it also has a gold V browband to match and all gold hardware.

 I know the pics are a little funky and need the blur sorting out on them but I will get more :)

Quick Edit - This set has now sold and won't be heading to MH$P
Huge thank you to everyone that has asked about this set  ;)