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.
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 go over the process it takes to prepare & attend a live show
In this video I teach you how to repair your broken Breyer Model Horses. This poor donkey lost his leg in trasnit, I was able to repair it seamlessly & he has gone onto place very well for me in live shows. This method works well if you are able to colour match to the model you are repairing. It becomes a little more challenging when the model is broken on white - as Breyer leaves the plastic bare.
In this video I cover the process of stripping your model horse of its paint job. Breyer do not need to be removed of their original paint, but if you make a mistake or have a body that come covered in acrylic paint - there is an easy way to strip the model clean to restart
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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.