She's up!

 

McNally Jackson bookstore

52 Prince Street

New York, NY 10012

--------------------and a little Before & After!--------------------

 

A Flaxen Chestnut Wee Bonnie Lass, she is

 

So for a whole MONTH I spent my nights and weekends JUST SANDING & finishing; the most tedious part of this project by far. Over the past week I've been painting and mixing up my own pigments using Milk Paint. I chose this medium because it gives more of a matte finish and I didn't want it to look like a plastic cast, although, I did have to clear coat it with a subtle sheen to seal in the paint. I'll probably add some detailed gold border, I'm thinking a vine pattern, to the green of the blanket. The round base and brass twisted pole come in the mail this week.

 INSTALLATION IS NEXT WEEKEND. SHE WILL BE IN THE WINDOW DISPLAY OF THE MCNALLY JACKSON BOOKSTORE IN SOHO FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON! 

OH AND HER NAME IS BONNIE

 

Ghost Horse

 

One layer of gesso down ^

The white illuminates any imperfections in the surface so from now on you can find me sanding my fingerpads away...

 

Carving the mane

 

I used an angle grinder to hack off big chunks of basswood, and a V chisel to channel out the hair.

 

Horse Operating Table

Doesn't look like much has changed, but I've been hacking away for a few weekends in a row now. Every nook and cranny has to be sanded smooth, and all edges squared off. Yesterday was a big day cause I finally glued the legs on and patched up the seams.



Every carousel horse has a Romance Side which is the side that would be on display. Pictured is the side with less detail as the mane is flipping the other way.

My Little Pony

My very own carousel-horse-in-progress!

This is a Third Row Jumper, meaning all its legs are off the floor and it would be in the third row if it were in a real carousel since the horses recede in size per row to give a forced perspective. So she is about the size of an actual pony and not a full grown horse.

 This photo was taken about a month ago and I'm only just about to pick up where I left off since I'm now a member of the Gowanus Studio Space.