Whilst preparing the acrylic bases for the Caprioles I made a rather cool discovery - his base also makes a wonderful base for Dancing Daisy! I have drilled a small number of acrylic bases specially for her - these can be used with any Daisy resin that still has the pegs on her hooves (ie not the magnetic ones). The clear acrylic gives a stylish and secure display option for your Daisy without distracting away from the model. For those who are not keen on sculpted resin bases (the "Marmite" of the resin collecting hobby!), this makes for a very elegant solution.
So there are now three options for bases on Dancing Daisy; the original resin grassy base, a magnetic metal base (in either brushed or polished stainless steel, and now a clear acrylic base too! Click on the images below for a larger view.
For a more streamlined base that can be used in scenes (disguised with the use of scatter grass, sand or soil), Daisy comes in a magnetic option. These are supplied with a stainless steel base in either brushed or polished finish and super-strong magnets are embedded into Daisy's hooves. The brushed base doesn't show finger makes as much as the polished one, but then the polished one is great for models with details on the foal's belly, such as some appaloosas or pinto colours as it allows all those hidden details to be seen in its reflection.
It's very difficult to explain how stable Daisy is on her base. The magnets are strong enough to hold her firmly to the metal base, but allow her to be removed for transport and painting. I felt the best way to show how stable she is was to film a movie showing how much force it takes to make her fall over (I did this so you don't have to!). I've put the movie on YouTube and linked to it below, it is silent so you don't need to turn the sound up.
I don't get to keep many painted copies of my models, usually, I'll arrange for a few to be painted but then gradually they get bagsied and go off to new homes, then I keep whoever I am left with. I didn't do this for the Micro Mini and Teeny Tiny pony mares though, I only managed to get one pair painted up. BUT... these girls are mine, all mine, mwoohahaha!
Painted by Christina Riley of Art by C. Riley (or for those not on Facebook, her website is here), Christina brought these little ladies to life with mind-boggling details including cat-tracks on the tobiano and microscopic hair detail on the blanket appaloosa. These girls arrived with me today and I'm absolutely thrilled with them, though my photos are rubbish compared to Christina's so I'll link to hers below.
Click their photos to see more photos of these models (including a hand for scale!) on Christina's website.
So what do you put on your piano? In our house, it's boxes, lots and lots of boxes! This lot of boxes contain mostly Capriole models, this is the second batch I've sent out and there are over 20 here, plus a few other models that have been ordered lately.
Check out the cuddly dog (who usually lives on the piano) photobombing, hehe!
Kelly Sealey is an equine sculptor based in Northampton, England. She produces horse sculptures for production in plastic, artist resin, cold cast metals, earthenware and fine bone china.