Polymer clay such as Fimo & Super Sculpey can be used for original sculpture or a base for your model horse customization. It is plastic-like in texture, almost rubbery. It does not dry out to air exposure and can be worked on for several months. It must be baked in the oven to cure. I do not recommend it for sculpting with model horses- as it is a little bit brittle once baked. I often use this clay as a base for medallions or miniatures within your stable setup. It comes in different colours that do not need to be painted once baked. You cannot use this clay to directly customize on your model, as Breyers will melt in the oven.
Apoxie & Magic Sculpt is a 2-part resin curing clay. Once mixed, the product activates & has approximately a 1 hour working time. It dries in 24 hours to a solid, sand-able, drill-able, waterproof compound. This clay is imperative for model horse customizing and is industry standard. You can use it directly on your Breyer Model horse & smooth it out with water or isopropyl alcohol.
Oil Based Clay
Oil based clay such as Monster Clay is a type of product that never cures. It can be heated up in the microwave to a soft or liquid consistency. This can be used to create sculptures that can be worked on for many months at a time. The purpose of this clay is for professional use in terms of creating work that will be cast. Once molded in silicon, the original sculpture will be destroyed but the clay can continue to be reused. This is perfect for medallion sculpting with the intention of creating resin copies.
Kion is a Drastic Custom Fjord from a Breyer Classic Halflinger Mare. He was re-positioned into a standing pose with a long drooping mane. In this video series I document the entire process it takes to deconstruct, reconstruct & paint the final piece.
PART 1: Deconstructing
In this part I go through the process of deconstructing the model using a Dremel to sand, cut & carve. Then I use a heat gun to reposition the plastic.
PART 2: Reconstructing
In this part I go through the process of reconstructing the model into it's new pose. I use a combination of wire, super glue & blue painters tape.
PART 3: Painting
In the final part I document the entire process it takes to paint the model to the classic primitive dun coat colour of the Fjord.
If you care to watch the entire tutorial in one part, here is the full length video.
In this video I review my best lighting tool I have in the studio. This light not only functions for video creation, but also studio lighting & photography of your final work
In this video I explain NaMoPaiMo which is a yearly Facebook event hosted by Jennifer Bray Buxton. Each February you are welcome to register to the online event via Facebook. You will have exactly one month to paint & finish one model. It is a friendly competition and social event where you can upload your progress & questions along the way. Some of the top hobbyists participate and give free advice & critique. You have no obligation to finish your horse, and you do not have to pay an entry fee. If you do both of those things ($2 entry fee) - you are eligible to win some awesome prizes!
In this video I teach you how to paint detailed manes & tails on your Breyer model horse custom. Instead of painting flat hair, add texture with lowlights & highlights.
In this video I go over the tools & techniques used to create a roan pattern.
Method 1: Pencils
Method 2: Hair by Hair Paint
Method 3: Fan Brush
In this video I teach you how to use Bondo to fill minor holes & blemishes in your custom work. This works well for resins with pinholes & as an alternative to using Apoxie
In this video I go over the tips & techniques it takes to create realistic, soft & contrasted dapples using pastels, acrylic paint & pencils.
Method 1: Hand Painted
Method 2: Pastels
Method 3: Airbrush
Method 4: Pencils
In this video I use Pebeo Cerne Relief for adding veins to the face, belly, body & creating chestnuts. This is a rubbery - like compound that is applied to the model through the needle point tip. Once sealed in primer it is firm enough for finished veining. I complete this step once the model is fully sculpted & prepped.
In this video I go over the process it takes to prepare & attend a live show
Hi there! Welcome to my blog, I am Darynn Bednarczyk of DeeJayBe Studios. I customize model horses. You can also find me on YouTube, Instagram & Facebook sharing my progress. I hope you join me on this incredible journey of equine artistry.