I am gearing up for an art show this Saturday, so I have been really busy trying to gear up for that. But I wanted to make a new post here too, so here is my newest sculpture (one of several to be posted here soon). Late one night, I was trying to think of some fresh idea for my horse sculptures. I was struggling to think of any new poses, but then I remembered that a few breeds of horses are chocolate brown with gorgeous silver or flaxen manes. I looked into it and found some breathtaking images of the Rocky Mountain Horse. Granted, the Rocky Mountain Horse doesn’t usually have such high white socks, but despite that, I decided that’s what I’ll call this sculpture. The clear, bright silver chain of the mane and tail were a fun, sort of whimsical twist against the dark annealed wire I used for the body. It was a fun one. 🙂
Rocky Mountain Horse
– Measures approximately 8 inches long by just over 7 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide.
– I used 17 gauge silver wire for the base of the horse, as well as the legs. I did this because the silver wire is stronger and less flexible than the dark wire, and holds its shape better. I then used 16 gauge dark annealed (blackish-brown) wire to go over the silver frame. Once the horse was bulked up enough with the dark wire, I used some 19 gauge dark annealed wire for the muzzle and legs for finer details. Finally, I used very, very fine (26 gauge I think) black wire to attach the ears, mane and tail.
– The ears are little leaf pendants that seemed to fit this horse.
– Mane and tail are made from lengths of various chain. Just picture me with lengths of scrap necklaces and chains, prying them into pieces with a pair of pliers, and then reassembling them with jump rings.
– If you look closely, you’ll notice I’ve put a few small feather embellishments into the mane and tail for some Western flair.
I hope you like it. Thank you for looking. 🙂