Posts Tagged ‘packing’

Packing Tack

Recently Breyer released their yearly to-be-retired list. The packing set was included on this list, and I figured I would pick one up before prices skyrocket. (which they tend to do with RR items once retired, for some reason…)

It arrived today and I’ve had some fun tacking up my mule. I’m kind of “eh” about Breyer tack (besides their fancy blankets- I love those!) but I’ll make an exception for this set. I mostly wanted it because A) it was designed by Jennifer and B) I want to make a pack set (eventually…) but the very idea of skiving all that lace makes me want to cry. That would hurt. A lot.

But I’m perfectly ok with modifying this set, once I make the time to do so anyway. For now, here’s a sort of review of it straight out of the box.

You’ll have to forgive me for any glaring mistakes… I’m not too familiar with packing tack and am not sure if I have it on right…

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I’m really surprised (but pleased!) with how soft and supple the straps are. They’re not paper thin, but a lot thinner than unskived leather lace, that’s for sure.

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I did find it really tricky to put on, partly because there are lots of straps and partly because of the way it was packaged. A lot of the straps are bent and twisted and will need some reshaping to lay flat. Some are glued to the jump rings, but I’m not sure of that’s an intentional thing or not.

Even though the straps are thin, they’re not quite thin enough around the buckles, making it really difficult to adjust. I kind of gave up here, as some of the folded edges were coming undone. The buckles are really nice though.

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Here it is with the panniers attached:

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The panniers are really nice.

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They slip on the top and are held in place with a long leather strap. It’s a snug fit on mine but it makes the whole set feel very secure.

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Also, my mule looks kind of scary from the front, doesn’t he? Ha!

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The panniers appear to be made from a card/paperboard box, and they do open, but I’m not sure if they’re really designed to since mine kind of fell apart… but that’s a super easy fix.

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All in all I’m really pleased with this set. Breyer did a fantastic job! I am looking forward to customizing it though, starting with those buckles! XD

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Packing on the Brain

First off – last week I posted a bunch of things for sale on Etsy. I had a feeling they would go quickly but not at the speed they actually did. I’m surprised, but grateful. Thank you all so much!

I have been doing a lot of thinking about this lately though, and have decided that maybe it’s not the best idea to make stuff in batches and sell it on a specific day or time. I think a better route would be to add items as they are completed and really try to stay dedicated to that. I’m still trying to figure things out- I sincerely hope that no one is upset or disappointed with me. I’m a people-pleaser but I can’t please everyone, as much as I would like to.

I’ve got a stack of more pads in the works and will hopefully have them listed soon. I’d love to be able to list things weekly but I think every two weeks or so would be a more realistic goal…

Anyway.

I’ve FINALLY found a use for all that Algebra I had to study in college!!

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Making patterns on graph paper is SO much easier than using regular paper… at least for me, since I’m really bad at making perfect angles on paper. Straight lines (with a ruler) are no problem, but when things need to fit together in a particular way graph paper is a big help. Annnd since I didn’t have any on hand besides old homework assignments… well, yeah.

Lately I’ve had panniers on the brain. (I really want to pick up one of Breyer’s pack sets) That led to google searches an an instant attraction to anything colorful. This set is based off of panniers that are designed to fit over a western saddle.

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They’re not really meant for packing large loads, but from what I understand, would be good for hauling gear to camp or packing out game or something.

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I had to make mine able to open and close as well…

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I really ought to line it and I think I need to add a cinch of sorts, as I find it hard to believe they wouldn’t have one, but finding pictures is tricky.

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So… yeah. That’s out of my system now so it’s back to work~

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