Sunday, 25 November 2012

Ruffian CM in progress

I bought a Ruffian body off a lady in the UK that had a Peter Stone Arabian head. When I saw her for sale, I immediately had to have her; there was so much potential for this body!

I was debating between mohair and sculpted hair but went for sculpted hair in the end. I got some aluminium foil and secured it in place on the model and it looked quite funky! it also gave me a brief insight as to what the horse would look like with the mane and tail...

I began sculpting the mane in sections both above and below the foil so it looked windswept. I am thinking a bright dappled bay for her colour now, she looks so honest and happy with her face too!

As you have probably realised, though... This mare doesn't have a base! I was considering making my own briefly but in the meantime I put up wanted ads for one as it would make my life a great deal easier. I was in luck, as someone else in the UK had one and she let me have it! So a thanks goes out to Cristina, my mare can now stand and I can continue sculpting her mane and tail, then prepwork and she will be ready for paint.

Hopefully I will have her finished over the Christmas period, but I need to get my mini sculptures finished along with some commissions...


Sunday, 18 November 2012

The final stretch!

I haven't mentioned much about my mini resins in progress, and so this blog post is a massive explanation!

Back in the summer, I sent Kelly Sealey in the UK Bailadito, my andalusian miniature sculpture in progress. I couldn't work on him in the clay form any more and so I needed a resin cast so I could finish him off in apoxie. Then, in September, I started Hamlet, my cob gelding sculpture. About a month or so ago, I then sent him to Kelly as well so he and Bailadito could be mould brothers! I received them last week from Kelly and I am very happy with them, and I can get them finished and produced in resin.

However, it wasn't all good news... Unfortunately at Kelly's the clay had reacted with the rubber and so they became a sticky, gooey mess. Kelly luckily managed to save the models for me and so I did end up with castings, thank goodness! They have just lost some detail. I was planning on further sculpting on them too so it is no problem at all! This was how they arrived to me. I was so excited to get my mits on them!

I then spent the majority of yesterday evening putting details on them all...

I think Hamlet will be ready first out of the two, for a start he has his feet. Although he was the most badly affected of the two in the moulds, he has always come along much quicker than Bailadito and I even made more progress on him last night!

As soon as he is released, I can then work on Horatio too.

Bailadito cannot stand so excuse my hands in the pictures (but oh, look at my nail varnish, isn't it lovely?!) but he is certainly coming along well too now.

I am pleased with his chest! I find sculpting in apoxie and waiting for it to set so much easier than clay, but clay is a really good starting point for getting the sculpture right initially in terms of proportion. Everyone has different styles for doing things and this is what I admire and enjoy the most about art.

However, these sculptures both had one other thing in common... Their backs were both too short! So guess what came next...

Resin dust! Yep, I had to cut them both in half... Not a pretty sight!

... It had to be done...

So then I sought about sticking them together again... If this was a one off OOAK horse, I would pin it with wire and do the works, however these are going to have casts made from them and so I am not bothering with that. I still need to add more apoxie and sand down everywhere, but for now these are what the two sculptures look like...


I am very pleased with Hamlet especially; after putting the extra bit in his back, he really looks like the references I was using.

Bailadito is also looking better. This sculpture's back was a more subtle problem than Hamlet, but it still needed doing.

Expect to see lots more updates in the coming weeks, I aim to get Hamlet finished off ASAP and then I can work on Bailadito leisurely whilst Hamlet is on holiday with the casters. I can't wait!


Monday, 12 November 2012

Cassy In Costume

I recently sold my AA Sabiha resin, known as Frivolous Cascade, to a really lovely customer in the States shortly after her winning at ASOTH 2012. This morning, I received an email with a couple of photos of her new acquisition in costume and I do have to say, she looks beautiful!
If you have any photos of my painted models I would love to see them, it makes me happy when I know that my creations are being enjoyed!


Sunday, 11 November 2012

Eberl Sophie Completed

This mare drove me nuts, the white layers took a while to complete and it is always a slow process when you hair model horses; it always takes a couple of extra days, or longer if you have more things to do! I had a lot of work to do last week so it was lucky that I even managed to finish just one horse. But anyway, this is the finished piece, I have named her 'Jemima' as I find it such a pretty name and that it suits her a great deal. She really looks so lifelike and that is why I am in love with Eberl sculptures.
Thanks for letting me share her with you!


Sunday, 4 November 2012


I have some exciting news to share with you, so I thought I should incorporate it all into one blog post. I have been fairly busy recently with university work but that doesn't mean that studio stuff has to stop!

This tile medallion that I have been working on for some time has nearly come to an end. All that is left to do now is to rework the muzzle slightly again along with the veining on his face, and then he will be done. He is quite a small piece; being only a 5cm sided square, it is hard to fit the details in so easily!
My friend Kelly Sealey has also started on creating the waste castings for Bailadito and Hamlet, my two sculptures, today! I am so excited, I cannot wait! I will share photos soon but not yet, I should get them this week and I will be working very hard on Hamlet to get him completed ASAP, where he will then go off for casting (castings will be produced by Horsing Around).

Exciting times are ahead! There is another little project which I am excited about which will come to light soon! :-)