Week Five: Adding the Details.....
Architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) always said that "God is in the Details"

Frankly, I couldn't agree more.....

And so I spent this week adding the details that will truly make this horse, Ghosts of Saratoga, a work of art.

I completed the trim on the blanket, and then crafted a buckle to fasten it closed.
I really liked the way the horse looked wearing the old second-hand halter....but it would not have been suitable to incorporate the worn leather into the sculpture. So instead, I crafted a halter for him out of epoxy-clay.
I have been able to capture some incredible detail with the epoxy....note the "stitching" and the curl of the "leather" as it passes through the buckle.
Unfortunately, even as I am sculpting it, I realize that the halter is going to be a target for vandals. A real halter would have a loose, comfortable fit for the horse....but I think anything hanging will risk damage....so I have run the halter straps tight against the horse's face. I have also used lengths of wire in places to reinforce the attachment points of the hardware. The halter will be strong enough to resist some casual tugging....However, if someone really wants to destroy it, I'm not sure what more I could do to prevent it.
Despite the "tight" straps...the halter is beginning to look quite realistic...it is hard to believe that it is made of clay!
Now that some of the details are in place...I can use the rest of the epoxy-clay to finally fill in all of the pock-marks, smooth out the rough edges of the fiberglass, and correct the remaining imperfections in the mold.
The horse (whom I have been affectionately calling Giuseppe) had a big dent across his forehead. It has been filled with clay and now I am beginning to craft a forelock to help disguise it...
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