Apoxie Sculpt and other brands of two-part epoxy clay is the heart and soul of model horse customizing and a great air-dry clay. For this post, I'm featuring a great tutorial video by Darynn Bednarczyk of DeeJayBe model horse customs to get you started in all things apoxie. Be sure to visit the video on YouTube and click on the description since she has a TON of great resources and tools listed there.
The second video in the tutorial series is my own personal recipe for painting bays, complete with application steps. Just in time for NaMoPaiMo 2019!
A couple weeks ago, I asked my Instagram followers what sort of tutorials they would like to see from me. Video tutorials won the majority for preferred format, so I figured it was time to actually do something with that channel I set up a while ago. Many people wanted to see sculpting and painting tutorials, so I'm taking advantage of a long Christmas stay-cation to record some of those videos, starting with how I sculpt ears. That video is live now.
Not being able to create for extended periods of time is frustrating. I get grumpy if I go beyond a week without customizing. Now imagine going without customizing for nearly two months. That's what happened to me at the end of August when we decided to embark on some life adventures.
It's probably the thing that bugs me the most and THE NUMBER ONE REASON why most horses don't win...bad prepping/priming or, worse, none at all. With every show I attend, more horses seem to lack prepping.
And Other Things in the Studio
Everyone is going nuts over Breyer shrinking the popular Alborozo mold for the Stablemate line. As a fan of everything mini, I am 100% behind this trend, although maybe not so much for the unicorn approach.
But that's okay; I'm a customizer. Off with this horn!
After attending the spectacular but massive Rocky Mountain Spring Fling, attending June Bug was a refreshing change of pace. A much smaller show, June Bug was split into two days and I attended the first day, which highlighted minis, artist resins, customs and chinas. Don't let the size fool you; some of Colorado's best were at this show in Divide.
...And Works In Progress
It's a hot spring in Colorado...the birds are signing, the sun is blazing, and I can now wear shorts while airbrushing. With the warmer weather has come an assortment of projects, from judging photo shows (more on that later), to creating my first traditional custom for the Model Equine Photo Showers Association (MEPSA), my to-do list is not wanting.
Originally published January 14, 2018.
For those who might not have heard, #NaMoPaiMo is National Model Painting Month, an international painting challenge in February between model horse hobbyists. It was founded and is run by Jennifer Buxton and is a fun online (and sometimes in-person) gathering of sharing progress, tips and fun.
Now in its second year, I will be participating again with another stablemate custom. I've chosen a Breyer G1 Thoroughbred mare who I am transforming into an Arabian mare. My January month will be spent finishing her sculpting and prepping her for next month's painting.
While I'm at it, I thought I'd walk you through her major changes, which I also thought would be a great insight for those wanting to know how to make great little stablemate customs.
Highlights form one of Colorado's largest live shows, the Rocky Mountain Spring Fling. My modest string of minis was at this show and many took home ribbons, as well as my newly debuted Little Lonestar. There was a lot of eye candy, so without further ado, here are my favorite highlights from the show.
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