Tuesday, 6 December 2016

My New Share Pony

Unfortunately, with my old share horse Ruby, an ex-racer Thoroughbred mare, she was getting lame all the time and we weren't sure what was wrong with her. Out of the 14 months I knew her, she was lame for over 6 of those months unfortunately. Not being able to ride, as well as the lack of flexibility and even starting my new job, I had to say goodbye.

However, in another area of where I live, as I was searching the internet for other potential shares (I was REALLY missing being around horses!) this sweetheart popped up. So, everyone, meet XT - yes, that is his name!!

Much smaller compared to Ruby, who was about 16 hands or more, this pony is only 13 and a bit hands high! And yes, he is a Fjord pony. He is extremely cheeky and loves to nibble and eat your coat or anything he can get his hands on, but he moves absolutely wonderfully and is a solid, compacked thing that I feel incredibly safe on.

I am hoping to have more photos of me riding him, I have already popped him over a small jump or two and have been planning on having a jumping lesson on him. One was scheduled for today, but unfortunately so much has been going on I had to cancel.

This is another reason as to why I have been quiet. I have had two very serious incidents happen to both me and my family in the space of two weeks, and it has been so intense and frightening. I hope you can all put up with me while I sort everything out, and slowly get back on my feet. I have had to take time off work but I am hoping to return tomorrow and Thursday. It is difficult, but time will be the healer.

Thank you all so, SO much!


Monday, 21 November 2016

Stripping Model Horses... A Quick Guide

I used to hate, hate HATE stripping model horses of their paint. It used to be a common issue when I was starting out in the customising world, where if I went wrong and the paint grew thicker, I had to try and get it off. I tried everything, from nail varnish remover (NOT a good idea, it melts the models!) to even a paint stripper I bought from a local Homebase store, which although it worked, it still required a great deal of scrubbing and hard work.

Stripping is never fun, although with this new stuff I have tried, it seems much more simple. It is literally Cellulose Thinners. You can buy this in many places, in the UK it is available in Wilko, Halfords and even online.

Image taken off the internet!

I must warn you though, the stuff STINKS. Do NOT breathe it in, or you may not be able to breathe again (figuratively speaking, of course)!

It can be fairly pricey, but it works incredibly quickly and is effortless. The other day, a fellow hobbyist Holly came to mine and we had a bit of a model horse hobby day, where we tried prepping our Copperfox models. These models we purchased as 'blanks' where they were sprayed with a white paint all over them. Unfortunately this paint, although not applied thickly to the models at all, does not react well with the primer and the primer bubbles over the top of it, which means it needs to come off. Luckily, these Cellulose Thinners work a treat.

All we did was grab a bucket, the model in question and we poured the Thinners over the top and left it for all but a few seconds. The paint them seemed to just lift off effortlessly.

The paint has 'bubbled' or blistered off
 When it looks like this, the paint has lifted from the model plastic itself and then you can literally just wipe it away. I this instance, we used scouring pads and we also had warm soapy water on standby. It also seemed that dampening kitchen towel with the Thinners seemed to help get the difficult bits off, and even using something small like a toothbrush to help get in any nooks and crannies would be a good idea.

The paint literally wipes off!

This stuff also works fine on Breyer horses and others. This Welsh in the photos then turned into this flaxen chestnut commission that I was painting for someone.

Photo by owner.
 However, I am wondering if it works well on enamel paints... I have a Copperfox Welsh blank that is a 'Bertie' when you see underneath. Bertie is a Special Run CF model that seems to have risen white patches on him, and I am having great difficulty removing the raised areas. I am going to persevere and keep sanding and stripping and will see how I get on.

I will be sure to update you!

I hope you find this useful.


Sunday, 20 November 2016

Idocus Custom Commission

This is the second commission I took on after a couple of year's break from painting, a gorgeous resculpted Idocus with a cute tongue sticking out! The owner wanted him a dark bay and specified the facial markings.

The owner took the photos and said I could have permission to use them in order to show you!

The new mane and tail, as well as the twitched back ear, makes a huge difference to the character of the OF form.

My books are still currently open and I am slowly getting through the current waiting list that I have of people wanting slots from me. If you are interested, please contact me by using the form on the right of the website!

Many thanks


Thursday, 17 November 2016

Copperfox Welsh Commission

These photos were taken by the new owner, which she has kindly let me use with permission to show you here. Unfortunately I was unable to take good photos myself of this model due to the late nights closing in, and not having the ideal lighting conditions. It was a bit manic getting him painted in time for the European Live I took him too at the weekend as well!

This model was given to me as a blank Copperfox Canvas which I had to strip down completely and re-prep. I might do a future blog post about this ordeal! Unfortunately the primer refused to stick upon the white spray paint that was used on the canvases, which is why the stripping of them is essential. It is worthwhile though, otherwise beautiful repaints cannot be achieved.

I cannot wait to paint more Copperfox models up now, such wonderful sculptures!


Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Live Show Wins

On Saturday, 12th November, I held the MHL European Live in Rothersthorpe, Northampton. It was a great, relaxed show and we finished in good time around 4pm, which was ideal seeing as the nights are closing in earlier as we get ready for winter.

I would also like to quickly say a Thank You to Holly Mason who took some of these photos for me.

I showed some of my recent customs, as well as some attendees had models I had painted with them, and they also did well. My best win was this Idocus commission I recently completed, who won his class and then went on to gain reserve breed champion. I showed him as a Trakehner. I didn't do the resculpting, and although I don't know who did it was lovely work!

Needless to say, his owner was very pleased with the results. This Idocus remake that is Breyer's OF Brunello I painted to a bright bay with some minimal dapples came second as a Hanoverian in a fairly large class of Other European Warmbloods. This one is still for sale. 

The Copperfix Connemara painted to a rose dapple grey also won her class, in Other British Native. Again, she is also still for sale!

This Breyer Cortes C to a heavily dappled bright bay also won his class that consisted of other Thoroughbreds. 

I cannot actually confirm what class this one was shown in, but I painted this one a couple of years ago and has always been a favourite of mine. I loved seeing him again at the weekend and, of course, felt so happy to see that he had placed second in his class and BMECS qualified!

I painted and resculpted this one's mane back in the summer, as well as giving her a roman nose and also painting her foal. I sold the pair and I saw this one at the show, where she also did well.

The last photo I have to show you is the Copperfox Welsh Cob custom I painted as another commission. I was so pleased to see this one placing second in the British Native CM class, despite me picking up on a couple of flaws that I had to touch up on when I returned home with him. This delayed the time it took for him to be reunited with his owner but it was certainly worth the wait for her.

Of course, there were other customs of mine at the show and they all placed differently, for example thirds and fourths, and one fifth off the top of my head, but I thought I would just show you the ones I had recently completed and those that had BMECS qualified, as I feel that is a great achievement!


Sunday, 30 October 2016

Salome Resin

This resin was released by Modellpferdeversand (MPV) a couple of years ago, sculpted by Brigitte Eberl and was sold out very quickly. Although the sculpting is, as ever, absolutely beautiful, the OF paintwork on them wasn't so much...

I have had to alter her hooves slightly as she wouldn't even stand when I first got her earlier this year second hand. Although I rectified this, she was still being a typical mare in the photo shoot.

But I am pretty sure I did this sculpture justice with the colour I used.

She will be for sale, currently looking for £100 including postage to the UK, outside the UK will be extra by about £10. Please contact me if you are interested!


Monday, 24 October 2016

Animal Artistry Resin WIP

I bought this model back in April/May time, where I have always wanted this since I ever discovered the model horse hobby. I was elated when Donna started producing the Rubbernedz and told me she had some prepped-for-hair versions of this model, as it was my dream to mohair one. I have got the main base colour down, I would like to perhaps make it somewhat less mealy and some dapples less obvious, but then he will be ready for details and the mohair.


Friday, 21 October 2016

Two Beautiful Bays

Although they both have dapples, the plaited Idocus model has more subtle ones than the Thoroughbred. I decided that I wanted to really try to make the Thoroughbred as dappled as I possibly could, and I am thrilled with the results.

I will show you the Plaited Idocus first, who is actually known as the OF Brunello model.

I didn't want to make his dapples too obvious, nor did I want him do become too dark a bay as I do like the natural light colour he has. He will be shown as a Trakehner next month at the MHL European Live.

He has a very kind and honest appearance. It is amazing how plaiting the Idocus model up changes the appearance of a model that seems pony-like into a tidy little horse!

Unfortunately it was terribly dark and overcast when I took these next photos of the Breyer Thoroughbred, Cortes C he is known in his OF form. One of his very first layers had dapples on it, and I kept adding different depths and more dapples to achieve his colour. Unfortunately, the photos do not show this but I will get more soon of him to show you. 

He looks as if he is neighing to his other fellow racers while being paraded round in the paddock before a race! I can imagine him in all of his racing gear: he would look so nice tacked up. 

I do have some more models in progress in the studio, but these are all of the newer moulds that I had. I have opened up my commission books, however, so expect to see some of those soon!


Thursday, 20 October 2016

Smart Chic Custom

I would never have thought this model suited a dapple grey colour, but he does. The only problem is, though, is that I want to enter him into a European breeds show I am holding next month in Northampton, yet all I can see in him is Quarter Horse!

I had completed him a couple of days ago, but I was working all day yesterday and wanted to seal him one extra time before glossing, so I did that this morning. It was great fun adding all of the different depths of dapples onto him. 

He will be for sale, eventually, I just need some serious help trying to find a pure or part bred mix that has European descent for the live show! I hope I am successful. Any help from you lot is hugely appreciated as well.

I always thought this model had a long neck for his body, yet overall this sculpture is pulled together quite nicely. You can see him in a Western tackset helping his rider herd cattle across the plains. What I also like is the fact that he is a 'common' colour and he hasn't been enhanced in an unrealistic way in order to make him stand out and more appealing, instead he just has a natural dazzling presence.

I also have another favour to ask. The Copperfox Connemara Custom that I completed a few days ago, is currently entered into the Copperfox Custom Competition on Facebook. If you would be so kind as to like, comment and share all you can out of this photo, it would mean so much!

I have other models in the wings of my studio, as well, I can't wait to get out into the studio again today. I do need to rest though, after a particularly long day yesterday!


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Copperfox Connemara Finished

I finished the Connemara last night and only got photos this morning. I haven't painted a rose dapple grey in a few years, and it makes a nice change from the standard grey.

This is another mould that people didn't seem to like when it was first announced, me actually being one of them. However, once I saw her starting to appear in different colours, particularly bay and tobiano, I completely changed my mind. The good thing as well is that she is perfect for performance, in either dressage, showjumping or cross country.

She wasn't such a nightmare to prep either, I also have the Copperfox Welsh model but he was originally a Bertie (a tobiano colour) and his patches are uneven on his body. I reckon I just need to keep going with stripping him and it will all be worth it in the end, just like this girl was.

Luckily with this colour too, she can still be shown as a Connemara, and she will be going to her first live show next month. Wish me luck!


Monday, 17 October 2016

Back in the Studio, at last!

After sorting everything out in the new home and studio, I have finally been able to get the airbrush set up. I wasn't planning on doing any major painting as such today, but because I cleaned it up so well before we left it didn't need much prepping to get it going, and I ended up painting the main coat colour of this Copperfox Connemara mare.

She will be a dapple rose grey. In this photo all that was needed to be done was details, and painting the mane and tail. I have others ready to be painted as well.

I don't have colour ideas for all of them just yet, but I am hoping those that don't have any plans will let me know soon enough!

I will be getting in touch with those who are on my commission waiting list over the next few days. If you would like to be on this list, please get in touch and I will get back to you. The list isn't long at all, as I will be able to take on around three commissions at a time.

Many thanks!


Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Studio Move Successful

Last Wednesday, we moved house hopefully for the last time back into my old family home, where I grew up. Although we still have a couple of boxes left to be unpacked, along with my studio needing to be sorted, we have all settled really quickly, especially the cat!

I organised all of my horses and I even dug some paints out to finish a couple that had been started prior to moving, including this girl, a custom Valentine Breyer.

She has been painted to a nice shade of palomino, has four socks, a blaze and even some sabino patches under her belly. 

Breed-wise, I am not too sure what she would suit, seeing as she is warmblood-built but rather a small model in comparison to other warmbloods. But I am sure there is something out there that she would fit. 

I have also recently completed two spotty ponies. This CollectA, a new mould this year, is a real favourite of mine and will probably be staying with me for a while. I painted him a leopard appaloosa, and he doesn't have too many spots compared to what I usually paint!

I LOVE CollectA models. For their size, they have so much detail and character. I love the long, flowing mane on this stallion. As for a breed, again, no idea although I am debating the standard 'appaloosa' even though they don't tend to have their manes so long!

The last custom I have to show you is another Breyer Newsworthy custom model. I was planning initially to paint him a blanket appaloosa, but I had other ideas as I was applying the spots, and I just kept going. Next thing I know, he is a rather extensive leopard colour.

This one is easier to pick a breed for: he could be a sports pony, British Spotted of the sport type, Pony of the Americas even... Maybe? He will be for sale though so that is for his owner to decide!

I have plenty more horses prepped and in the wings of being customised. I am due t go away again this coming Saturday for two weeks, so will be unavailable until October 8th. But once I am back, I am back!