Saturday, June 29, 2019

Two stalls for the almost win!

Today I upped the challenge, adding a second stall and making my barn doors nicer!!! I made the barn a little bit more to scale too. I also accidentally made the middle piece not in the middle so the doors don't close properly but that's very fixable in the next version. Tried out my amazon wood style pla, not impressed. I'm going to make my barn in teal tomorrow for v. 3. Then I'll add a roof!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

For the fun of it

Today I decided that I *needed* a mini whinnie sized barn. To sit on my desk. Because reasons. So I started with some graph paper.

It's going to be a two stall barn so it must fit two horses!

Wow it looks so good like a barn!!! Is that all I'm going to do with it? A paper barn, how lame. Noooope. I sat down with tinkercad and presto chango...

It's only one stall, not two because I didn't want to waste the filament if it didn't pan out. Yes the door does swing. I'm going to do the roof in a different color. Ideally I'll pick up some wood fill pla so I can legit make mini breyer barns for mini whinnies. I don't really know what they could be used for besides just looking really cute on a desk but someday maybe I'll offer them in my shop.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

A stand above the rest

I have been super busy with playing with my SO's 3D printer. (He's teaching me!!!). And as previously mentioned, I didn't think there would be many things to make with it... But I have finally finished my design of a wall mounted saddle holder. I even added a spot to hold a blanket. They can be easily attached to any surface with the stuff that binds this hobby together... SUPER GLUE! They hold traditional saddles well. I am also working on making bridle racks that can also be glued on. In case anyone is like me and wants a tack room in miniature.

Most of the ones I've made are in silver mainly due to the fact that I have a large spool of that but I can do other colors as well.

I also have 4 and 5 hook bridle racks to keep all those pesky halters and bridles contained!

And yes, everything is dinosaur approved!

HBK8 the *almost* final stretch

So without further ado may I present the current state of my latest saddle? (Rhetorical question)

So what is left? Oh just the little issue of adding conchos, and maybe some more silver, and ... weaving the girth. Also putting the lining on the bottom, can't forget that. Wouldn't want any models to get scratched. Also making a bridle to go with it. So actually quite a lot now that I think of it. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Colorful Stirrups?

Yes, I did it. I decided that model horse needed colorful stirrups the same way real life horses do. They exist. They're composite or polymer stirrups. I have *proof* (besides the fact that I ordered some for my real life saddle off of amazon a few months back).
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So I decided that they should be a thing for model horse tack too! It was a process

But finally there they were, all the colors in teeny tiny sized.

And that lead to my new etsy listings!!!!

PS. These are dino approved.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

HBK8 is on it's way

HBK8 is going to be a western show saddle. I'm working on new techniques like putting in a boarder and stitch marks. They're not the best most even stitch marks and the border is kinda crooked, but gosh darn it, I'm trying. That being said, I think it looks nice and it is coming along well. If you check out my etsy shop, you'll notice that the amount of stuff I carry has practically doubled. I'm hoping to try to keep the shop stocked with 10+ items at all times to make it worth a visit. I'm also trying to get into the props hobby. I know there is already a group on there that is selling a variety of props and I don't really want to take their business so I'm thinking that I'm going to isolate things they are not making and offer things in crazy fun colors to diversify myself.

I saw this as a tip on some other blog but I cannot remember which so I'll just say it here. I used a glue stick to temporarily stick on my silver so that I could trace it. I think the saddles look a little nicer if you depress the area that the silver is going to go to make it somewhat flush with the leather.

All the leather edging got done. Not super even but it looks okay.

Edged the stirrup leathers too. I also put on my corner plates which honestly came out really nice.

Just putting that tree on. We're like 33% done now?

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