Friday, August 20, 2010

A Different Kind Of Fugly Featured Stallion...

Today I am going to poke a bit of fun at myself. 

I have my own 'Fugly Featured Stallion' sitting in front of me, staring at me, saying 'fix me, fix me!'

So this is one of the Breyer horses I have being worked on currently, and for those that don't remember, he started out looking like this: 

Then went to this: 

Then he got the start of wings, a better tail, and A HEAD!

Those wings took the better part of 2 hours to put together. The shape kept eluding me, and finally I had to cheat a little bit by printing out a skeletal outline of a hawk's wing structure to get the general idea of what they needed to be shaped like. 

That is what he looked like till last night. 

The wings got bulked out with Amazing Sculpt, and then I had the thought to create a thin 'membrane' to sculpt the actual wings over but wasn't sure how to do it. Some digging around in my sculpting box uncovered a brand new package of cheesecloth, so it got picked for the job. 

My hope was that I could squish it into the under bones of the wings, and when the Amazing Sculpt dried, it would be permanently affixed. Which is mostly what it did. About halfway through the curing process I tested it in a corner and found that it was sticking, but with enough force, would lift up. 

So I grabbed my super glue, and ran a thin small line of glue down the long, main bone on each side. That did the final trick, and now that cheesecloth isn't going anywhere. 

Now, I need to figure out what to put over the cheese cloth to make it look even more wing like. I was originally thinking more Amazing Sculpt, but a quick test on that last night proved that it won't stick to the cheese cloth very well at all. Initially it would, but when I started the attempt to smooth it out, it lifted right up. 

So, now I'm thinking maybe liquid latex or something of the sort. I'll have to search around some and see whats out there to use. 

So, while he's not an actual 'real' horse, he still started out as a stallion, and I'd say right now he's still in some pretty ugly stages! *giggle*

I am also going to take this moment for a shameless promotional plug, and inform everyone of something I have currently on ebay. 

Two years ago, I bought this off of his website, watched it once, realized I already was doing or knew how to fix all of these 'issues' and was a bit mad at myself cause I wasted $160. Its been up in a closet since, and I'd rather use the money to fund my sculpting habit. 

Its got some bids on it now, so I'm not so much looking to 'drive up the price' but if there is anyone out there looking for this, or might be interested, there you go. If someone on the blog ends up buying it, I'll take the shipping charge off. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ok, Well, Maybe Not Yet

Please forgive the sudden start and then nothing for 4 days. 

I feel like a car where the starter is beginning to fail, but its intermittent. The car wants to start, it turns over, the desire is there, and then something fails somewhere, some spark that is supposed to happen, doesn't, and then it just dies. 

I just need a few new spark plugs, a new starter, maybe some new wiring in there somewhere too - 

or maybe just one good nights rest. 

Keep hanging with me, I'll get this jump started back to where we were! 

And hopefully - it won't cost me $300 to repair! hah.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Time To Restart This Thing, Yes?

Today is a good day. The kids started school today (all five of them! and no, only two are 'mine', the other three are unofficial step-kids) so all you parents out there - shouldn't the first day of school be granted national holiday status? 

I sure think it should! 

So, while the house is blissfully quiet for the first time since MAY, I thought it would be an excellent time to restart this blog. 

Before I do that, for those that have been following along, My father is doing better, he is in a temporary nursing facility due to some complications, but they are not life threatening, and overall his outlook is pretty decent. Thanks for all the kind words and thoughts, and for being so understanding when blogging had to take a backseat to everything else for a while. 

But now life is slowly returning to some sort of normalcy around here, and that means its time for us to return to our regularly scheduled blogging fun! 

I was on craigslist this morning (actually not looking so much at horse ads, but instead posting an ad of my own - more on that later) and was checking out random ads for fun. 

And then fell in love. hehe. 

I think she's gorgeous - and I have to say I'm not a huge fan of dappled greys, or really greys in general. Too hard to keep clean, IMO. But the owner of this mare has done a great job of that - the first thing that caught my eye was that WHITE TAIL! If you've never had a white tail before on a mare? UGH! Trying to keep the yellow out of that white is a daily battle. Even putting it up they still manage to get urine on it! (Trust me, I've tried every trick in the book.)

They even have a decently worded ad for her, and it looks like in a better market, this mare would be a really, really, REALLY high priced horse. 

Miss Frosty Jay *** What a Beautiful Girl (She has pnts with AQHA ) 8year old Grey sired by *** Master Jay *** , check him out Has Her Reining CERT. Also trained in Cutting Roping and even has a Halter point!!! She is very quiet and Anybody can ride her even Bareback to go check your mail !!! Such a Sweetie. No bad Habits. 15 H ..... Vet checks welcome. asking $5,500 602 --- 1258 Bring Your Trainer / Vet/ Girlfriends and Boyfriend/ Husbands and Wives They will All Approve!!! ((( May Consider part trade ))) 

I have contact info if anyone wants her lol! 


So why is the CL Horse Ad Queen posting an ad on CL? 

Actually because of this:

I also posted an ad locally in the Farm & Garden section for those that might be interested. 

Have a good monday all!