Monday, September 2, 2013

Down Under Nationals 2013 Donation

DUN is held ever second year, and is the Aussie equivalent to the US's NAN (though not nearly as large!)
Each DUN I have donated a custom Breyer. Last time it was the classic scale Marigold, you may remember her. I donated her blank and she was painted up by Sommer Prosser


Well she ended up in the hands of an Aussie, and has since gone onto live show success





This time around I have customised a Breyer Clydesdale foal. Though every single surface has been resculpted, I hesitate to call him 'drastic', so I shall call him 'tweaked' instead.
He is still a Clydie foal, but he has had a growth spurt, gained a new face, a few pounds and an awful lot of hair.
Phineas ('cause I am huge fan of the kids cartoon Phineas & Ferb) raffle tickets are now available through the DUN Website, which can be found here
They are only $2! You could potentially own the fellow for less then I paid for his body ...BARGAIN!!!
So jump in a grab some, I know I will be :)



 








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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Breyer Totilas #4



My Lipizzaner is up for offers, you can see his full ad on MH$P;
http://www.modelhorsesalespages.com/view.asp?id=1019458









Just for kicks his progress photos ...some pretty scary ones!

 




Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Live updates

Wow, time really does fly when you are having fun!
I have come home from the live, re-invigorated, inspired and ready to hack, melt and sculpt every plastic pony in the house.
I also came home to NAN. Live streamed on the web, I was glued to it, as this was the very first time any of my CMs were going to be there.
I was so very glad I did as Komos got a Top 10 in Light/Gaited/Spanish Foals
http://nan.cgi101.com/results13/results.cgi?5000

With many thanks to Jaime Baker for his finishwork, Liz Cassel for tirelessly Proxy showing him for me, and Beth Patterson for taking him to NAN and the photo
Komos is now on his way home where he will do the show circuit here, then onto a special new home.

I adore Live show photos, pounce on them like a kid onto lollies. So I feel a little guilty I have not shared these before now.

I arrived at the show early, in fact I was the very first one there, which is not very conducive to rattly nerves, but I had nothing to worry abut, the ponies did me proud.

Padrig and his handler Hamish won their class, which was a miracle, as the hall was 1 degree Celsius and the wax was behaving awkwardly in the cold.
 
Next class up for me was the Workmanship, which meant everybody in. This class stretched over two tables. I was so thrilled to see such a large CM class.
In this photo are the three Totilas CMs, the classic Arabian and Padrig


The Lads
 Much to my delight, Pluto Siglavi took out the blue, Damocles (who was in the possession of his new owner) took 2nd place.



Katharina came 4th in her Owners own work class, Pluto once again snagging the blue.
 
 
 CM Workmanship Champion was won by Pluto, completely chuffed at this point

 

 Next were the CM breed.
Hermes won his Sport Breed class

Katharina came second in her Arabian class, beaten by a rather stunning WG
 
 Damocles, being shown as a Lusitano won his class, beating his brother Pluto. He went onto to win Champion CM Breed.

Colour classes were up.
Katharina was beaten into second by the Wintersong below in grey, Pluto coming in third.
Damocles won his dilute class, then came reserve to the Wintersong.

Damocles then went onto take out Grand Champion Custom Trad/Classic

Damocles day was not done yet though. Much to mine, and his new owners delight, the boy went onto take out Supreme Champion Exhibit TR/CL of the show.
Chuffed to bits!

I brought all the boys to the show (though Heracles did not enter any classes) here they are all together with the original.


You can see all the photos I took on the day here;
http://s654.photobucket.com/user/BluebirdStudio/library/Melbourne%20Live%202013?sort=2&page=1

What a day!
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I love it when a plan comes together ...

Remember the stablemates I sculpted last year, the ones that all flew off to the USA and the capable hands of Jaime Baker.
Well one of them came home ...here is his story;

*****
 
 
I got the most beautiful surprise this afternoon! A HUGE box from the from Jaime Baker Customs. An armful of Stablemates (YAY!) and 6 old beat up beauties by Maureen Love.
As all Aussies know, model horses over here are expensive and bodies hard to come by, especially the old guys, I am so grateful to Jaime for all of these wonderful ponies
 

THIS is the best part!
When I opened the box, on top was a pony pouch, inside the pouch was a beautiful card with Jaime's much loved doggie Stewie's paw print. Stewie has very sadly just recently passed away from cancer, I was so touched to receive such a treasured memento of the beautiful boy
I delved deeper and found a box, inside the box, a letter. The letter was a thank you from Anna Kirby of... Dreamflite Design, an artesian of the most exquisite SM size tack.
I had helped Anna out with a few photos of an Aussie stock saddle, and in return she has sent me the most delightful Roller for a Cob, I was seriously crying by now.
I delved in again and found the SM Welsh Cob, that I sculpted for Breyerfest and so exquisitely painted by Jaime, a perfect fit for that little roller!!

You girls are the most beautiful souls, words are not enough! I shall treasure these for ever!

 
  In all his yumminess, photos by Jaime Baker

 
Now, I am not a collector, nor am I a shower. Most CMs are out the door as soon as they are finished. So I got a friend to tack the little fella up for me with the intention of showing him, but realised he would be mighty unfinished if he didn't have a little man rung alongside.

So for the first time, I sculpted a 'not' horse shaped object, and whilst he looks like he has been hit a few times with a piece of 4x2, and there is a distinct possibility that he was a boxer in a previous life, and not a very good one, as obviously his opponents managed to land quite a few hits on his schnoz.
I think though, he is charming in his own rugged way, and we cannot have him prettier then his horse :P



With his pony. I love them, and will treasure them forever!


We are off to Melbourne live this weekend for my first go round in Performance showing, it is going to be a blast! LOL

More soon ...



Thursday, May 30, 2013

Moving limbs

I am not going to call this a tutorial, as it isn't, it is more of a show and tell.
This is how I do it, there are many different ways, cutting and pinning, warming and slow bending etc, but this is the way that works for me.

Before we start though, I do want to say, Dremels and heat guns are not for the faint hearted, they are dangerous tools in the wrong hands, please be careful and protect yourself.

As mentioned in the previous post, I am CMing a Zenyetta to an ASB. A rather drastic CM, but the theory is the same for all my CMing, wether it is simple or drastic.

Firstly, I mark the joints. This gives me the bending points, and I can also measure making sure the OF is even.

Always, always, always ...starting form the highest joint (shoulder, hip) moving down the limbs comparing to the reference photos work out what needs moving. Sometimes, on a simple CM shoulders and rump joints don't need moving, but rarely.
Once I think I know where I am heading, I mark out the sections of the horse I will be cutting away.
This is usually the same, regardless of the eventual position, but amount I take out will vary.


All the offending parts removed. I have not touched the knees, hocks and pastern, as often I will find I have cut them unnecessarily after moving shoulders and hips.





With my reference pic's in front of me at all times, I begin melting. As gently as possible, only using as little heat as is needed, only melting when necessary


This shoulder was tricky, I could not get the leg to the right angle and twist without shortening the shoulder. So I melted the plastic nearly to liquid, then clamped with pliers, holding until cool.


After a little fiddle with the rear end, I realised I was not going to get anywhere without further cutting. These are the most annoying cuts to make on a model horse, the leg is solid plastic and awkwardly situated. I do not use a wheel for this part, but an engraving, carving sorta thingy, and slowly carve out the plastic.



Once I get it to this point, the heating and bending is simple. I ended up taking a bit more of the wedge out of the nearside leg, to allow more movement.
With the hock, two cuts are made, a line cut on one side, and a wedge cut into the side you are bending towards, this gives a natural bend in the correct place, avoiding spaghetti leg syndrome.
It is usually unnecessary to cut pasterns, a gentle warming with the heat gun makes them pretty flexible.
Always think about the weight that is coming down on each joint. Hocks, stifles, elbows and pasterns can all bend and twist in what seems an awkward, and not always graceful fashion, study your references!

 
 
Once I am happy with the horses position, it is time to fill the holes in.
I use a space invading foam, available from any hardware store, just be sure to get the sandable one, you do not want anything that washes up with water.
It is simply a matter of filling the horse, and letting it dry, overnight is best.
 

Pillow pony

 
The foam can be cut with a serrated knife, but I tear it off instead. I want to keep a lot of the bulk there.

I then push it all back into the horse as this gives a firmer base to sculpt over.
 
That is it ...this stage is finished, the horse is ready for sculpting.
 
If you have any burning questions about any of the moves, or tools etc, you can find this photo sequence on my facebook page; Moving Limbs
 
More soon ...