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Primer Revelations

I’ve always struggled with priming horses, and I thought it was just me. But now I’ve seen the light.

It turns out I was just using the wrong primer. Primer with crappy coverage. Krylon Primer. I told Tracy of my primer woes and she recommended Rustoleum Primer. I picked some up yesterday and today my life was changed for ever. *Cue choir of angels*

Primer Heaven

I can’t believe how long I’ve muddled along with Krylon. This Rustoleum Primer is amazing. It’s night and day. The horse actually turns white when you prime it! And as a giant bonus, this primer doesn’t smell nearly as much.

primer horses

My beautiful new primer with my beautiful primed horses!

I am so excited! I shall prime everything and everyone in my path! Thank you Tracy!

Nail Polish Alternatives

Since I’m working to complete a couple model repairs before the show this weekend, I decided to finally graduate from using nail polish to gloss eyes. I knew there were other products out there, so I went to Blab and asked around.

The lovely folks there gave me lots of ideas for inexpensive products that do nice glossing and don’t ruin brushes (yay!) The following were recommended to me:

  • Liquitex gloss varnish
  • Games Workshops clear gloss
  • Delta Air-Dry PermEnamel
  • Deco-Art Triple Thick acrylic gloss
  • Delta Ceramcoat gloss varnish

I headed down to Michael’s to see what they had available. The two that I found were the PermEnamel and the Delta Ceramcoat varnish. They didn’t have PermEnamel in clear, only colors, so I had an easy choice and purchased the Delta Ceramcoat gloss varnish for a reasonable $3.49.

I used it on Lilah’s new and improved eyes and I’m very happy with my purchase. The stuff goes on really easily with the brush of your choice and cleans up nicely too. It’s thin enough to not glob on, and you can always do multiple coats if you want more. My only regret is that I didn’t ditch the nail polish method sooner!

The repaired and updated Lilah, ready to be packed in her personalized bag for the show.

My Teeny New Brush

Since I had a couple roans and appaloosas coming up I decided to head down to Blick’s Art Supply and finally get one of the teeny brushes recommended by the amazing artist Jamie Baker. Jamie does the most fabulous roaning, even in Stablemate scales.

But being me, when I got to the store and found the brush (Escoda Optimo Kolinsky Sable Reservoir Liner, Series 1310, size 2) I couldn’t help but price it against other similar brushes. And when I found one half the price that looked just as nice and small, I bought that instead. At $10, it’s my most expensive single brush.

My new brush is the Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold II, Series 101, size 00. I’ve been using it on this roaning leopard appaloosa, and I really like how well it works for hair details. Of course, perhaps the Kolinsky brush is better- maybe even twice as well. But I’m too much of a cheapskate to find out. Maybe when this one retires I’ll spring for it. Who knows?


This guy still needs marking and hooves done, and looking at these pictures I see a couple other things to work on. But I’d say he’s 95% finished!

It was really nice to be working predominantly in acrylics, as I am on this appy and on Sleipnir, since I only have to wait for the paint to dry instead of the hour plus I have to wait after putting fixative over a pastel layer. When I have the time to devote, it’s nice to get so much done in one sitting. In fact, Sleipnir is officially finished… pictures coming soon.

Dreamflite Design reviews 1:32 scale stirrups

Uber-talented mini tack maker Anna of Dreamflite Design posted a great review of Stablemate scale stirrups from different sources.

Dreamflite Design: Product Review: 1:32 Scale Stirrups.