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Packed for a Show: Veteran’s Day Live

I’m excited to be going to a show!
The last two I attended were NAN and the Breyerfest Open Show. While NAN was lovely, showing custom minis at Breyerfest is/was frustrating because there’s only six breed classes with no division champions AND they were so late in the day that they overlapped with the Swap Meet. This summer, I passed up on a show in a neighboring state that had a similar format for the mini classes. But while I was waiting for that class list to be posted, I missed out on getting a table at a different show that sold out.
So I’m looking forward to Veteran’s Day Live in Riga, MI hosted by Trina Houser.

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Thowback Thursday

This is another Arabian type from the G1 series. I think she began as the Arabian Stallion mold. Airbrushed bright chestnut this Arab cross mare has a Krylon-style glossy finish. I remember trying to straighten the legs so the model wasn't leaning over it's knees, as well as working on gender characteristics to go from a stallion to a mare. The Gapoxio gave me trouble, as did the fine wire I used under the tail (it broke). I love how the tail is in a strong wind, but the mane is not. This is a San Diego era piece as well, dating from about 1997.

Copy Cat Custom Project

If you are looking for a little inspiration for your next custom mini, head on over to Facebook. The Copy Cat Custom Project might be for you.

Sometimes in creative endeavors, two artists or authors might begin with the same goals, reference point, or inspiration. And while there is a little elementary-school fear that someone may point a finger and call these artists “copy cats,” the truth is that no two models or novels are truly alike. The creator brings so much to the table: experience, craft, personality, and style. That’s what this community project is about.

Bethany Shaw posted “We are celebrating the differences in our methods and execution by doing this community building project! To participate: customize a G1 Arabian Stablemate (or the Prancing Arabian, if you can't get a G1) to dapple grey, using the group banner as a major reference for color, and add bows to the mane and tail.  Do…

Quick Tip: Two at a Time

Customizing models can mean a lot of waiting... waiting for Apoxie Sculpt to set, waiting for primer to dry, and waiting for dull coat spray to turn, well, dull.

When I was pastelling with my friend Karen, I didn’t notice the waiting between layers because we were chatting, or making cocoa, or I’d be checking out her project. But since I’ve moved, I work on my own. This means I’m tempted to add more pastel instead of waiting for my dull coat spray to dry. (Disaster! Incoming!)

So working on two models at once helps. I don’t feel like I’m wasting precious studio time. When one is drying, I’ll add color to the other.

Throwback Thursday Mini Model Horse Version

Awhile back, I heard through the grapevine that a hobbyist purchased one of my models. It was something I had done years before, and the comments were something along the line of a seam was showing or there was a brush stroke in the paint—or probably both! The gossipy tone of this news made me laugh. I am not perfect, nor has every piece I ever created been perfect. Maybe someday I'll get closer to that goal.

So for all of you who are working on your craft and learning as you go, I'm going to share some photos of custom minis I've done over the years.

When I first started customizing Stablemates, only G1 models were available. Here's an Arabian mare made from the Thoroughbred mare from my days in San Diego, CA (from 1995 to 1998). She is airbrushed a warm gray and sports four little socks and a blaze. Her mane and tail are very textured (remember Gapoxio? It didn't like me.) And the Krylon spray on her is rather shiny... maybe I was going for the Show Sheen look.

More New Stablemate Molds

I purchased three new molds at Breyerfest, so I am behind the curve in posting about them. Many artists have been customizing the Alborozo—it seems to be a favorite!

 Back in February, I had a post about the new mold's I had in my hands. I thought I'd share the customs I've done from those.

Boston Inspiration: Pastels and Horses