As the G1 Arab's neck still wasn't right (too long) I hacked it off again and reset it with superglue/bicarb. of soda this evening. I found quite by accident that a layer of superglue (without the bicarb.) is ideal for smoothing out slight rough patches that don't sand easily. All going well, she's going to be painted a really dark liver chestnut and then haired.
Mr Vaskal's been resanded to within an inch of his life after the first coat of paint and primer showed up even more rough patches and divots than I thought there were.
Luckily the aforementioned superglue/bicarb.of soda method proved very useful...
His tail cracked in a couple of places at one point so they've now been coated in several layers of glue/soda to keep up the strength.
When he's nice and smooth once more I'll prime him with handpainted gesso rather than spray primer as even the light skoosh I gave him last week took several days to dry. :/ I don't mind if I end up with brushstrokes - it'll give a nice hair effect.
I made a couple of new bridles for my Julips recently too. One is a plain snaffle with red reins and a matching browband for Fergus and the other is a blue version with a flash for new boy Paddy who I'll introduce properly once he's been rehaired. I gave him laced reins (as per this awesome tutorial) as I wanted to try something a little different and I really like how they've turned out. (even though I realised the 'arrows' were pointing the wrong way. >.<)
I love the Show Cob mould - so much character and just look at that face! ^^
Oh and on a slightly random note...look what we had in the garden this afternoon!
I came into the kitchen and noticed how unnaturally quiet it was outside - especially given just how many Siskins we've had lately. (40+ at once!)
I spotted a female Siskin hunkered down next to one of the feeders looking rather nervous and was about to turn away when I spotted the Sparrowhawk sitting on the trellis. I managed to grab my cameras and get some footage but unfortunately when she decided to go in for the kill, I wasn't expecting it and I missed it. Once she'd got it however, she plonked it down beside the back window so I got a fantastic view before she flew off with her lunch.