Thursday, March 26, 2015


I estimate that I've written about five thousand words so far for the model horse encyclopedia, with probably another thousand to go. I am so thankful that I didn't have to write all of it! Most of the contributed content has been inputted already, and I have a few formatting issues to take care of before I can move on to type conventions. It'll take me several days to do those before I can move on to printing and binding. I will also be creating an eBook version in addition to the PDF, so maybe I will be able to make that available for download as well. Part of the project involves illustrating the covers, so I am combining photos of my collection with digital drawing.

I still have a long ways to go on this project, but I'm already getting excited to share the result!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Full-size Trail Bridge Tutorial

I've been thinking about props lately. I'm painting up four 12" pieces of dowel for trail poles right now and doing research to try to figure out what colours they are allowed to be (I'll let you know when I figure it out!). In my research, I came across a tutorial for building a full-size trail bridge that might be useful. Let me know if this is a good walkthrough!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Model Equine Tack Association

Today I had my boyfriend help me cut some parts for my first homemade model horse jump. I'm following a tutorial by Traci Durrell-Khalife on Breyer's website. More on that later though!

A few weeks ago I joined a new forum called Model Equine Tack Association (META) that promises to be a great resource for all things tack and performance-related in the hobby. There is some helpful content on there already and lots of talented tackmakers. If you're interested in joining a forum specifically about tackmaking, check it out!

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tacky Glue, Pencil Punches, and Tweezers

I went to Walmart the other day. It was crazy busy and the checkout clerk commented that I must be doing something really important to be buying glue and pencils on a busy Sunday afternoon. Truthfully, my mission wasn't that urgent--I just didn't realize there would be so many people!

I ended up buying some more glue and a couple of .05mm Zebra mechanical pencils. The glue I had previously was the "super-thick" tacky glue and it started drying up before the bottle was empty. Here's hoping this glue is better! I'm going to try out these pencils tonight to see if they punch decent holes. 

I bought these tweezers at SAIL a couple of weeks ago while my boyfriend was shopping for ice fishing lures. One side of the tip has a grippy coating, and they hold themselves closed. The fly fishing section at SAIL has some neat filaments, feathers, and foil laces that could be used for tackmaking. I had a conversation with a very confused employee who wanted to know what it was I was doing if I wasn't interested in tying fly fishing lures! In fact, I had several people approach me to ask if I needed help--I must have looked out of place in a store full of bearded men. After that I stuck by my bearded boyfriend and helped him find sparkly lures to avoid any further encounters with strangers! Nevertheless, now I know where to find any kind of glittery or feathery elements I could ever want for tackmaking.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Cavesson

In the evening after I think I've done enough homework, I watch Netflix and work on tack. Last night I made a cavesson for a snaffle bridle. I'm focusing on practicing my skills and trying to go slowly and learn from my mistakes.

I used Jennifer Buxton's raised noseband tutorial.

My unpainted Knightly Cadence resin is a joy to make tack for. I don't have to worry about damaging the surface and tack just looks great on him.

I need to find some smaller wire for the 1/16" tongue buckles, as well as some mechanical pencils to use as pencil punches. I had a great one, but it got lost! I really dislike making keepers, by the way. Good thing they can be made in batches!

I went home last weekend and brought some of my collection back with me. I tried to choose models that could compete in some kind of performance, so I can make tack for them. 

My first western saddle still looks like this, but I'll get back to it eventually. It's hard to find the motivation to do the more challenging things when you've been doing schoolwork all day! 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Working Away

I'm working on assembling the copy deck for the Model Horse Hobby Book. I think that I will end up writing a lot of my own content when it comes to manufacturer descriptions, as well as a lot of generic filler content to ease the transition between contributor articles. So far I have emailed over sixty hobbyists and two thirds have responded, all of them giving me permission to use some or all of their content. It's exciting! My hope is that I can assemble their information in a way that is clear and respectful while providing the most value to beginning hobbyists.

Wish me luck!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Call for Submissions to Model Horse Book

Hi blog readers :) I am currently working on a project for my graphic design program, which is to compile and design a three-volume encyclopedia on the topic of my choice. I am putting out a call for submissions for a book that will be an overview of the model horse hobby as written by its members. While for this project form is more important than content, I would really love to do justice to our wonderful hobby. The final books will simply be marked by my professors and not published, but if all of the people who own the content agree, it would be possible to make it available as a free PDF for beginning hobbyists to access. I have already contacted and received permission from a handful of hobbyists to use their writing and photos, both for the assignment and for later publication as a PDF.

This is where you come in. If you have a blog or website which has photos or text that you think could be helpful to those wanting to know more about the hobby, I'd love to be able to use your content in the encyclopedia. You may give permission for me to use your content for just personal use or for both personal use and to be published as a free PDF. However, if you do not give permission for the PDF I might not be able to use your content in the end, as all of the hobbyists who have responded so far have given that permission and I think it would be a great resource for the hobby.

If you do not have any of your own content but know of some that might be useful, you can post a link to the page in the comments and I'll email the owner for permission.

My timeline for assembling the information is fairly tight as the semester moves quickly and I have many other projects, but I will try to include as many submissions as possible. Our hobby truly is a community and I think it would be amazing to have a resource with content created by the community itself.

I will give all sources due credit, posting both a name and a website for each. Additionally, I am toying with the idea of creating a directory near the end of the book, so if you'd like to be included in that then you can let me know by commenting below.

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or email Thank you in advance for your attention and submissions!