Absolutely Amazing. Wow.


Kestrel is an incredibly talented and skilled artist, who not only makes full miniature tack, also makes jewelry, and braids horsehair. I have worked with human hair, exactly one time, embroidered a bit with it, and it is the devil to work with, to say the least. Everything Kestrel does is so beautiful and polished. Stunning work. Today is a look at some miniature tack.Β  Click for full size.

Bridle with romal reins, braided of hand cut kangaroo leather and thread, hand made sterling silver hardware. For a traditional sized model horse such as a Breyer. Horse is an artist’s resin sculpture by Carol Williams, painted by Liesl Dalpe, haired by Faye Cohen.

Bridle with romal reins, braided of hand cut kangaroo leather and thread, hand made sterling silver hardware. For a traditional sized model horse such as a Breyer. Horse is an artist’s resin sculpture by Carol Williams, painted by Liesl Dalpe, haired by Faye Cohen.

From the other side:

Bridle with romal reins, braided of hand cut kangaroo leather and thread, hand made sterling silver hardware. For a traditional sized model horse such as a Breyer. Horse is an artist’s resin sculpture by Carol Williams, painted by Liesl Dalpe, haired by Faye Cohen.

Bridle with romal reins, braided of hand cut kangaroo leather and thread, hand made sterling silver hardware. For a traditional sized model horse such as a Breyer. Horse is an artist’s resin sculpture by Carol Williams, painted by Liesl Dalpe, haired by Faye Cohen.

 

Detail of the floral-tooled popper and knots on the romal. Notice the knot tied inside the loop at the end of the romal.

Detail of the floral-tooled popper and knots on the romal. Notice the knot tied inside the loop at the end of the romal.

 

Detail of connection between romal and reins, again with a knot tied inside the loop at the connector.

Detail of connection between romal and reins, again with a knot tied inside the loop at the connector.

 

To show scale, in Kestrel's hand.

To show scale, in Kestrel’s hand.

You can see much more of Kestrel’s amazing work at Beautiful Horses, the horsehair braider.

Comments

  1. says

    (Swoons)
    I made a bag-tie out of some of my horse’s tail hair, with end bobbles from my dog’s ruffs. The horsehair was reqlly hard for my fat fingers — my brain is going “tiiiilt” just looking at that!!!

    The saddles are pretty crazy too. Exwife was a saddler (mostly western) who did tooled saddles. So I have a vague idea how much work I’m looking at there. Wow, wow, Wow!

  2. kestrel says

    @Marcus: One of the appealing things about the model horse hobby. They don’t kick or bite, eat pretty much nothing, and hold really, really still when you want to take a photo. :-)

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