Oh my word it’s July. And so far, it’s been an insanely BUSY July, at least with work. Overtime, yay? I suppose it’s a good thing… it is a job after all, and I’m very thankful for that, but goodness I can only take so much!
Aside from work, I’ve also found myself busy with this thing called socializing with people my age. 😉 Also, my wrists are FINALLY healing up! I’m not keeping them in braces unless I have to (especially at work) and I’m not in constant pain anymore!! They’re still a little sore and definitely stiff and weak, but I’m working on getting them back into shape again. This means two things: I can start taking up piano lessons again (which I missed very very much) AND get back into making model horse tack. (which I’ve also missed very very much)
Course, I don’t have a whole lot of extra time for that now, but hey. It’s summer and summers always seem to be really busy.
Yesterday was my day off though, so I spent the first half of it working on a Dressage bridle. Well, the bit anyway.
I find it incredibly satisfying to make my own hardware for tack. True, it’s definitely not as nice and polished as the cast or etched stuff, but I’m not making these pieces to sell or show so what difference does it make?
The above etched bit I ordered from Rio Rondo, and while it’s nice, it’s just so… flat. So… I attempted to fashion one myself out of wire, jump rings and seed beads. (and superglue!)
Any thoughts? It’s not perfect by any means, and my knowledge of dressage is very limited. I don’t even know if it will work without falling apart, but hey, it’s a first attempt.
Sadly that’s as far as I got for the day. 😦
5 thoughts on “Update and a Bit”
I have to say, that’s one VERY nice bit you made. Keep it up!
Wow! It’s fabulous. Is it Trad sized? I’ve wanted to do something similar just to put some detail onto Stablemate jump ring snaffle bits, but I can’t find the right seed beads and I’m worried even superglue won’t work on something that small.
Thanks! Yes, it’s traditional sized. Good luck with the stablemate bits! I can’t even imagine trying to make something so small, hehe. 😀
Oh wow! I also must say that this is wonderful work! 😀
All it needs is those tiny hooks for the chain under the horse’s chin and then it is perfect.
I think that’s fantastic! It looks much more realistic than even the expensive cast pewter bits you can buy! 😀