You gotta love WiFi! Normally, my phone takes forever to just upload one pic to Picasa over 3G, but over WiFi, it uploaded 8 lickity-split!
So, I've been just kind of working on this collar...more working on it during commercials while I watch TV :-P I initially wanted to make it for the Totilas mold, though I want him to be customized to be more carriage horse-like. I'm up in the air about it right now. It's a decent collar, so I don't want to scrap it. Here's what I have so far.
Next, I need to make the buckle closure part for the top of the collar. This is what has me stopped for the moment. I want to make what's called a "patent fastener" instead of just your old buckle & strap type.
None of these pieces exist in the model horse hobby, so to use them I'm going to have to create them from scratch. Kind of a daunting task when I am very unskilled with metal work. I made one once out of needles and clay, and it turned out pretty decent. But I'm out of the clay plus I want to make something that's totally metal instead of painted. The paint rubs off when handled so I found out. That's my patent fastener being held together with some leather scraps. It moves & works like it's supposed to which is what I want. I could just use this, but I was keeping that for my draft harness that I'm sort of, kind of working on.