First Try at Making a Custom Doll

For some reason, my Breyer Western rider doll will not sit on a horse.  Her legs are too stiff, and she does not sit in a Western saddle.  So I tried this tutorial I found on how to customize dolls’ arms and legs ( ).  I didn’t follow it exactly (cotton instead of gauze; electrical tape instead of medical tape), but it is at least an improvement in her riding (the right side of the bit came off in this photo).  

She needs better boots that she can bend her ankles in, but there seem to be no Western boot tutorials for dolls.  Next model horse goal: to make a realistic saddle without using leather.

Before (with lazy editing of photo background) & After (I like the way the hair net turned out).

Next model horse performance scene: This doll riding Kodi (who is the same mold as the other horse).



On Model Horses

In the model horse world, there seem to be some model horses considered “special” by collectors, and others that simply aren’t.  The horse above is an example of one that might be considered “rare” or special.  This is my Breyer Collector Club classic-sized appaloosa “Calvin” in bay (the horse came in three colors: chestnut, blue, and bay).  It is the first and only of my model horses that people might consider “rare.”  But there’s so much more to do with model horses than simply collect the rare and glossy models.  Personally, I think that it’s really fun to photograph them and create scenes.  This can be done with “common” model horses just as well as “rare” ones!  In fact, it’s probably better not to use a rare horse in a scene where it might become scratched or broken.  Pictured below is a scene I put together in PhotoShop that is all regular-run horses.  My favorite is probably the grulla Quarter Horse on the far left.

I don’t usually buy model horses, but there was one that I had a chance at buying and am a little sad to have missed.  You can see a picture here .