I've been working a bit on the halters for the raffle. It's been sort of all over the place; so far I've progressed most on BeccaG's third-place halter.
It's in bright blue and for the ASB clock horse, which thankfully I have. I'm not thrilled to work with the blue because my thread is annoyingly a few shades too dark. Nonetheless, it's been sort of coming along with the use of glue instead of double-stitching. It saves a lot of time but so far I'm not certain I like the effect. Since I triple most of the straps, they're pretty thick (and stiff) with the sewing. Gluing is a bit worse, though. The glue kind of cakes and makes everything a bit unsightly.
This calls for one of three possible changes. One, stop tripling the halters and make them a bit thinner (and perhaps a tad less realistic. Two, find the right color thread and keep sewing. And three, make the pieces meet in the middle and glue.
I'm leaning towards either the first or the third option right now because sewing is so time consuming and doesn't lend that much authenticity to the piece.
The main issue with this halter is that it'll be used on a Stone ISH, and I don't have that mold. I wish I did, I really do... but I don't. (Probably for the good though, because apparently they, like everything else in this hobby, are like potato chips--can't have just one.)
If anyone knows of a Breyer mold with a comparable head, please leave a note in the comments. Alternately, you could post in this thread on Blab. I'd be much obliged.
Other than that, nothing much going on in the studio. Hopefully I'll be able to order some Rio Rondo hardware tonight because snipping up old (and crappy) halters won't do it forever. (Though it is wonderfully fun to snip up!)
On the model horse side--I hope to be adding a matte Valentine and Heartbreaker to my collection soon. Fingers crossed.