The making of Gamila – part 1

It’s been a long while since I last posted an update… I’m a bad blogger! Apologies for the radio silence, I have been super focused on getting my bachelor’s degree in biology at the end of the semester. Despite of being busy nine to five (actually 5:30), I have been getting lots of things done! One of those things is the custom Proud Arab Mare that I started last year. I thought it would be fun to share in-progress pictures of her from start to finish, and also share some handy tips.


If you remember, she started out headless and earless. Her head got attached in a new position by removing the plastic neck, and inserting wires into her head and withers to form the ‘skeleton’ of the neck. After that, the wire was covered with painters’ tape, and the shape of the neck was also cut out of painters’ tape. I then added blobs of Aves Apoxie on top of the tape to shape the neck further (you can still see a bit of white tape sticking out fro her neck). Gamila was then left to dry overnight so the clay could harden.


Later, I sculpted her neck muscles, as well as her ears. I tried sculpting her ears the same size as her OF ears, but decided to make them a bit more feminine. I actually attached the ears to to head with superglue + baking soda, after the clay had hardened. I then sculpted the bits that attach the ear to the head on a real horse. I also added the mane and forelock.



I also glued two wires into the hole that her OF tail left. These wires were then covered in superglue + baking soda, and the rest of the hole was filled up with that too. This made a very strong base for the tail that I was going to sculpt.


I also added some blobs of apoxie sculpt on the wire to get the basic shape of the tail, and to build a base to sculpt the rest of the tail on top of. At this point, I left Gamila’s apoxie to harden overnight.


The next day, I added even more blobs of apoxie sculpt on top of the base. At this point, I try to add in the basic shape and thickness of the tail (although I leave it a little bit less thick than I want it to be eventually, because I will be adding more clay on top of this layer later). Again, Gamila’s clay was left to dry overnight.


Then it was time for the really fun part of sculpting, adding the actual hair detail! To sculpt this tail, I used only a thick needle, my hands, and an old paintbrush (to smooth the clay). I generally make lots of small rolls of apoxie sculpt (see photo below), and stick those on top of the tail in the direction that the hair is flowing. Then smooth it all out with some water and my fingers, and I’m ready to get going on the hair detail!


First, I push my needle into the clay to sculpt the general direction of the hair flow. I really push the needle pretty hard into the clay, to get deep groves. I don’t worry about putting any detail in at all at this stage, since I will smooth nearly all of it out again.


To smooth it, I wet my old paintbrush with water, and press/drag it along the tail. This leaves me with a nice smooth hair flow on the tail.


I then start sculpting in more detail, again using only the needle.


Then I smooth the grooves down again.


I actually keep repeating the cycle of sculpting and smoothing until I’m satisfied with the amount of detail in the tail. I try to be careful with how much water I use during smoothing though, as Apoxie sculpt can fall apart during sculpting when you use too much!


Finally, when I’m done (this is usually after 1-2 hours), I leave Gamila to dry. I only sculpt half (or less) of the tail in one go, because I want my Apoxie sculpt to be workable (and because I would surely smoosh some parts by accident if I try to do it all in one go).


And after all that, it’s on to painting! (But that’s for another post). Here is a sneak peek of Gamila with her foal.



Happy New Year!

A little very late, but I wish you all a very happy new year with lots of joy (and hopefully lots of model horses). During the holidays I mostly relaxed and ate food (hello, extra kilos), but I also worked on some models. Here are some pictures of the progress.

This girl is the custom PAM I started a few weeks ago. She is no longer earless and bald! She obviously still needs a tail and lots of prepping, but she’s getting there!


I love the sweet expression of the PAM model, it’s really one of Maureen Love’s best sculptures in my opinion. To make her performance friendly, I made a slightly lifted forelock, and a bridle path.


At the same time, I am also planning the colours of her own costume. She will likely have a blue/red/cream costume. No idea when I’ll have time to actually put the costume together though…


And then there is this beautiful Branston resin that I customized to look like the horse I used to ride. She’s coming along really nicely so far!


And lastly there is this Wee Wyakin resin that has been in my body box for faaaar too long. I got her as a body that needed stripping, which took me a long time. After that I lost interest for a while because I had already put so much work into just getting her cleaned up. But then I decided to paint her in the holidays because she IS a very pretty resin. She’s now a dapple smutty buckskin. I still need to work on her hooves a little more, and gloss her eyes. After that she will be pretty much done.


So, that’s what I have been up to the last few weeks. I will start making Arab tack again soon though! Don’t worry 😉

Late night studio update

Today I have been doing everything except making tack. I started the day by doing some simple custom work on this cute little Breyer PAF.

He will eventually be an adorable baby chestnut colour. Then I worked a bit on these two stablemate customs that have been lying around my desk for too long.

The rearing one will be a Lipizzaner stallion once I’m done with him, and the galloping one will be a Lusitano. And finally I put another layer of oil paint on my Branston resin. The grey color on her head starts to resemble the colour I’m aiming for. 

Lots of work to be done still, but today was a productive day customizing-wise 🙂 

I also started a new project: making miniature props. I made some mini carrots and an apple. The carrots look pretty nice, but I’m not 100% satisfied with the apple… I guess I need to practise a little more.

Christmas halters

Want to spice up your collection this holiday season? Check out these lovely Christmassy halters!

#1: “Christmas Tree”. Beautiful halter in different shades of green and gold. Features handmade cowries and golden sharks teeth charms. 

#2: “Gluhwein”. This halter was inspired by a special European Christmas beverage  called gluhwein, which is warm red wine with spices. It comes in shades of purple-ish red and gold, and features cowrieshells and golden sharks teeth.

#3: “Starry Night”. A lovely dark purple halter with lots of silver accents. It features handmade cowrieshells, and silver coin and star charms. 

All halters fit the PS Arab, Breyer PAM and the Salome resin.

Each halter is priced at only €15! They come without leadropes, but I can make one for just €1 added to the price. If you would like a Christmas halter, please contact me through the ‘Contact’ page. But be fast before they are sold out 🙂

Dark red set

Recently I finished this lovely dark red presentation set. It was a commission for someone, so I hope she will be happy with it too. Please excuse the pictures, I need to take better ones when the weather is nicer here.

I also put the set on my new Salome resin. It’s slightly too large for her, but the colour looks really nice on her.

New model

A week or two ago I ordered a WIA Salome model from Modellpferdeversand, which is the original finish resin version of Brigitte Eberl’s resin Salome. The sculpting on this horse is absolutely beautiful! Every detail is just right, and she has loads of character. Unfortunately her OF paintjob was not LSQ (which was to be expected since I bought her as a ‘B-wares’ model). So she will be sent to a painter after New Year’s. Here are some pictures of her anyway, since she photographs like a dream! 

Her new coat will be light flea bitten grey, which suits her lovely face I think 🙂