Finally after a year of sitting in disrepair, Sierra Roana is once again on her feet- well, two of them anyway!
This was her sad state for too long:
Oy, my legs!
I have finally managed to finish her repair, complete with acrylic rod, newly sculpted fetlocks and hooves, color matching on her belly, and a new base. Now she is back on the shelf and ready to get a new show picture (or two!)
But one more thing…
I am very picky about my horse’s names, and if I don’t like the name I will start to dislike the horse. Sierra Roana has proven too fancy a name for this feisty little mare. I’m shopping for a new one, but torn between several options. Which name do you think suits her best?
From last post: “She looks funny now…but with some careful filing and sanding, those will hopefully start to look like fetlocks, pasterns, and hooves.” Emphasis added.
When I started to file and sculpt down the blobs of last post into new hooves for Sierra Roana, one of them broke right off, leaving her the original pewter stump. The other seems solid, but for stability in the broken leg I needed to do something more drastic.
I filed down her cannon bone to very thin pewter, and then used super glue to attach a thin wire all the way up the leg and out the bottom. This armature acts as a base for a sculpted pastern and hoof. The super glue, as well as epoxy sculpture over the wire, holds it firmly in place.
So now I’m back to the careful resculpting of both hooves in preparation for an acrylic rod and permanent base. I’m going slowly and letting each new bit of epoxy dry before I add to it so that I build up the desired shape slowly and avoid destroying my hard work by pushing it. Just a few minutes a day and now once again she’s looking like a four legged creature.
One of my most accomplished show horses is Sierra Roana, my Maggie Bennett Rearing Horse. Unfortunately, because of her cool action pose and her material (pewter) she broke at the rear fetlocks earlier this year.
I had attempted to repair her once before, by putting an acrylic rod in her belly and down into her base. But that was really difficult to do properly- I wanted to get her back into her original dynamic pose, and the repair was made even more difficult because I had to line up her cannons properly with her broken fetlocks.
This time I had two new ideas for a full restoration. One, I wanted to insert the acrylic rod further into her body for increased stability. And two, I decided to just sculpt new fetlocks and hooves for her instead of trying to match up her two halves properly while attaching the acrylic rod.
The fact that Maggie Bennett’s micro minis are cast in pewter makes them wonderfully affordable, but unfortunately it’s difficult to make holes in. (Easy to prep, though, for anyone interested). I made a hole in her belly using my carbide scraper. But unlike a dremeled hole, its not very exact or straight or perfectly round. That makes for more restorative sculpting and pastelling later, but it was a necessary evil to attach the acrylic rod.
But before I do that, she needed new feet. Straight epoxy won’t stick to the broken pewter and it’s two small to insert wire armatures, so I made super glue and baking soda lumps on the bottoms of her cannons.
She looks funny now (especially with her protective cellophane coat) but with some careful filing and sanding, those will hopefully start to look like fetlocks, pasterns, and hooves.
Once her pedicure is done it’ll be time to insert the acrylic rod, restore the color on her belly and feet, and plant her in a new base. And then I can take a better halter photo and start her exciting career as a bareback bronc.
Thanks to my beautiful new teeny tiny brush, I put lovely little white markings on the Azteca mare and she is now finished. She has a snip over that extends to her chin and two hind coronet markings, along with detailing on the hooves. I have some name ideas for her but haven’t decided.
I have about two weeks of college left and I am suffering from serious Senioritis coupled with an acute desperation for my horse and the company of cats. These are my notes from class today:
So I came home and put in several hours of pony time, although I have little to show for it…yet. The Azteca is getting her final coats of fixitive, and two others (palomino ASB and chestnut MM cantering warmblood) are starting to resemble horse colors. My English saddle and bridle remain a strange and uncompleted experiment. My Chips Mule now has something resembling a bell tail, although not yet dry. And frankenfoal remains lumpy, yearning for proper musculature.
I am currently in the midst of finishing my Bachelor’s degree and finding an apartment in Portland, while maintaining school and work here in Washington… but happily I am still finding some time to sneak in with the ponies! I want to get things to good stopping points before I have to pack them up for the trip to our new home.
I am very happy with my little pewter rearing horse from EquineArt Creations/Maggie Bennett. She still needs detail work and another layer or two of body pastels, but she is at the stage where she starts to look decent.
This amazing sculpture is micro mini sized- just over 4 cm at the top of the mane!
I was thinking of giving her some small white markings (a snip and a coronet band or two), but I need to do a bit more research first. I’ve assigned her the breed of Azteca, but I haven’t researched yet to see if Aztecas (or Andalusians and Criollos, which make up the breed) are inclined to have white.
Aztecas are a cool breed for models, because there are different types of Aztecas depending on how much of the horses heritage is Spanish (Andalusian or Lusitano), Criollo, or Quarter Horse. I found a great cross breeding chart here. My mare is an Azteca A: 1/4 Criollo, 1/8 Quarterhorse, and 5/8 Spanish. I’m still working on a name, however.
I’ve been working on this Safari Percheron (now a liver chestnut Suffolk) for months and he has had multiple names during that time… Nottingham, Morriarty… the latest is Goshgarian. We shall see. I am also deciding if I want to sell him or not.
It took me a while but I did find reference pictures and even potential bloodlines for dark liver Suffolks. I don’t do pedigree assignment, but I wanted to make sure a Suffolk could be this dark since other draft breeds didn’t particularly fit the mold.
I’ve got quite a few things in the works, hopefully with some good progress this week: Chryselephantine, a golden palomino ASB mare; chestnut micro mini cantering sport horse; english saddle and bridle; Troy Soldier, the bell tailed mule; a light palomino centaur; and my frankenstein SM foal.
I’m enjoying the model horse hobby as a Do-It-Youself-er, making my own horses, props, and tack. I have a small collection of minis and love to show performance. This blog is to share tips, strategies and musings on our hobby in general and the DIY aspect in particular. - Leah Koerper email me