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Showing posts from August, 2020

National Retro Vintage Month (NaReViMo)

I'm doing National Retro Vintage Month (NaReViMo)! Every August artists come together (on Facebook) to complete one custom in the vintage or retro custom style.Hosted by Sarah Minkiewicz- Breunig, the group can be found here: project is a G1 Saddlebred, a mold that has always made me smile ever since I discovered Stablemates in the late 1980's. (And is also on my website's list of Stablemate molds in need of a custom: I've moved the head a little bit, replaced the ears and added to the tail. Right now I'm in the prepping stage:

I'm trying out an old technique that I used to make new ears around 1990. I was an industrial design major at RIT and as part of the program we made models of products out of plastic. The plastic started out as flat sheets and could be heated to form different shapes.
I used this plastic to make mule ears on this vintage Traditional-scale girl: Long stor…

New Molds 2020: Breyer 70th Anniversary Stablemates

I've been looking forward to the new line of "mini me" Stablemate molds, but because I decided to support local toy stores and tack shops by shopping here in Michigan so it took me a little while to find them all.

There are seven new molds, increasing the total number of Stablemates to 82:
Mini Smart Chic Olena inspired by "Smart and Shiney" sculpted by Susan Carlton Sifton Mini Connemara Mare, or "Croi," inspired by "Bramble" sculpted by Sarah Minkiewicz-BreunigMini Fell Pony inspired by "Black-Eyed Susan" sculpted by Kathleen MoodyMini Missouri Fox Trotter in shaded fleabitten grey also by MoodyMini Indian Pony in vintage-style chestnut tovero sculpted by Chris HessMini Fighting Stallion in vintage-style glossy charcoal also by HessMini Clydesdale Stallion in vintage-style woodgrain also by Hess
The first little guy in my hot little hands is Smart Chic Olena. This mold has a lovely long tail with lots of details, a handsome head,…