Live From the Multicolored Workbench

Photo of my very messy workbench with model horse base making materials.

So I’ve been spending a LOT of time work on model horse bases and fencing this year, thanks to two custom orders for Stablemate scale photo show bases. I’ve had fun working with the different sizes and coming up with some new fence templates (and storage boxes)!

That means I really haven’t done much outside of my tiny carpentry (and cardstock) work. I vacillate between painting things and building things and the last few weeks have been decidedly ‘building’.

This is the shipping (and storage) box for the 5x7 model horse bases.

That said, now that the orders are over and everything’s packed away again… it’s time for Ponies! ๐Ÿ˜

I figured the easiest way back into the model horse painting pool was to grab some of the TOOB ponies and get them finished up. These guys have minimal seal removal and some of them even still have their logos.

Because these are fun little shelf pieces NOT live show or photo show quality dudes.

A passel of TOOB ponies yet to be painted

I’m playing around with colors and bases, just letting the art muses drag me where they want to go. With luck, they’ll all be up in the store by the end of April!

It looks like the craft fair I normally go to won’t be held again this year (better safe than sorry) so I’m going to double-down on trying to lure people into the website store. Right now that mostly consists of throwing up some ads on MH$P (Model Horse Sales Pages) and Model Horse Place, but I’m slowly dipping my toes into the various Facebook groups.

I’m tracking which channels sales are coming through, so it should be interesting to take a look back at the end of the year.

I’m also starting to dig out some of the non-model horse still in the ‘half-done’ piles!

Work in progress photo of various plaster and wood Leaping Pony magnets.

I’m waiting on a new magnifying headset (last tracked by USPS on March 20 in CA) ((sigh)) to finish up the details on the TOOB ponies, so I’ve dug into the Work In Progress bin for some other things to paint.

The leaping ponies were one of my favorite plaster molds, so I’m having fun polishing these guys off. Hopefully 2021 will be the year my art Muses stay on track! ๐Ÿ˜

That’s it for now, hopefully my next update will come a little sooner… and have more finished artwork in it. ๐Ÿ˜…


Martha Bechtel

My name is Martha Bechtel and I write fantasy and science fiction stories, paint small model horses silly colors, cast resin and plaster magnets, code random code (and Wordpress plugins)... Come on in and join in the fun!

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