Tutorial & Reference Info
The following links cover many topics of interest and note to help you get more out of our products, and learn more about the Model Horse Hobby.
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|Product Info Sheets|
BR01 – Silver Rope Edge Lacing|
Create realistic "rope-rolled" silver-laced edging on your miniature western tack items
BR02 – Polishing Pewter Castings|
Information on tools, supplies and methods of finishing & polishing our pewter castings
|BR05 – Beads & Cast Conchos Info and tips on using beads, ferrules & cast pewter conchos to create beautiful miniature bridles and other items|
BR07– Color Matching Guide|
Color References between various leather colors and DMC Embroidery Threads, to assist in assessing and matching colors.
BR08 – Prepping Resins|
Prepare resin models for painting, including information on tools and supplies required.
BR09 – Etched Parts Basics|
How to prep and glue decorated etched plates to tack items.
BR10 – Etched Parts Advanced Options|
Advanced decorating techniques for etched plates including Antiquing, Colorizing, Doming, Stacking, Sealing and Adding Crystals.
BR11 – Saddle Kit Modified Patterns|
Alternate pattern pieces to use with your Rio Rondo Western Saddle Kit to use with our Etched Metal Saddle Plates/Trad. Scale
Using Heel-Bar or "Tongue" Buckles
How to set up a heel-bar buckle
More Buckle Tongue Tips
Make Roller Buckles
Tutorial by Jana Skybova
Make Tiny Holes in Leather Lace for Buckle Tongues
A (nearly) fool-proof way to make nice, fine holes. Adult supervision recommended.
Buckle Strap Keepers
How to set up our Deco Buckle Keepers
Make Buckle Strap Keepers from leftover Etching Frame parts.
Make Buckle Strap Keepers from LeatherBuckle Strap Tips - Method 1
Buckle Strap Tips - Method 2
How to form and attach our Bit Clips
3-Piece Bit Assembly Tutorial
How to assemble western bits like the "Riley" bit
Assemble a Buxton Bit
How to put together our Buxton Driving Bit.
|Customizing How-To Info|
Prepping Models – Clearing Silicone from a casting |
Important informations on clearing silicone mold release from Cast Resin models.
Adding Custom or Haired Manes & Tails
Six how-to tutorials in PDF format, covering attaching cast tails, custom sculpting manes, adding mohair, etc.
|Model Horse Hobby Info|
Model Horse Glossary
Some common terms and definitions about the Model Horse Hobby.
Horse Breed Acronyms
A basic list of breed acronyms used by hobbyists.
Model Horse Mold Acronyms
A basic list of acronyms for some common model horse molds.
Model Horse Size & Scale
A basic reference of common Model Horse sizes/scales.
Model Horse Hobby-Related Links
Other Sites related to Model Horses, Tackmaking, Sculpting, Art Supplies, Model Horse Dealers, Etc.
|Model Horse Books|
Books from Rio Rondo
Basic Customizing Booklet, It's A Cinch Book, Color Formulas & Techniques Info, and more.
Color Formulas Color Reference
Sample images illustrating many of the color formulas from the Color Formulas & Techniques for the Model Horse Artist book.