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How are Breyer Models Made?

 

Do you know how much work goes into a Breyer model horse? Have you ever wondered about the process of making a Breyer model? How do they get all those rich, vivid details into each model? Why doesn’t every model look exactly the same? Well, here are your answers.

Every Breyer model starts with an artist’s rendering. Various artists, either staff or commissioned, sculpt the first rendering of each model. Then, Breyer casts a mold out of a mix of copper and steel. That mold is then injected and dried according to the material used. Breyer uses ceramic, cellulose acetate, or other resins to create each model. There’s no mass production, each model is created one at a time, using the same copper/steel mold.

Breyer Beginnings...#57 Western Horse

 

What does a mantle clock and the now-defunct Woolworth’s have to do with Breyer horses? If it weren’t for an order to the Breyer Molding Company for a small western-style horse to adorn a mantle clock sold at Woolworth’s in 1950, there would be no Breyer horses today. Known as the #57 Western Horse, the first ever Breyer model horse set the stage for what would become a world-renowned model horse empire.

Packing Tips for Shipping Breyer Horses

Picking, Packing, and Wrapping!

Last week, we talked about shipping times for those of us selling Breyer horses for the holiday season. This week, let's take a look at how to pack those precious horse models for shipping. After all, the last thing you want is for someone to open their much-anticipated shipment, only to find a chipped ear or broken leg. While we all know that Breyers can certainly take a beating, they are by no means indestructible.

Tips for Picking a Box

Don't just grab any old box out of the closet. Likewise, don't just assume that any cardboard box you buy is sturdy enough. You'll want to find a box that is solid, with rigid corners. Make sure the box has plenty of room for packing material to pad your horse's journey. Once packed, the model should have no room to shift or move, with plenty of padding between the model and box edges. If the corners of the box are not reinforced, be sure to add extra packing in the corners, as these are the biggest culprits for causing breakage.

BreyerFest 2012 - Mariah's Boon

 

Is anyone else planning on attending BreyerFest in June 2012? Have you all seen the Celebration Horse for this year? Since the theme of this year's BreyerFest is British invasion, they picked the breed best known for carrying the Queen's drums. It's one of my favorite breeds – the Drum Horse. Specifically, it's modeled after Mariah's Boon, an American Drum Horse from Moonlit Acre in Florida.

 

The Drum Horse is actually a mix between three breeds: Clydesdale, Shire and Gypsy. They're beautiful examples of a work horse with grace and beauty. If you look at the pictures of Mariah's Boon, you'll see the qualities of the ideal Drum Horse, with lots of feathering, bright eyes and good bone structure. He was the perfect inspiration for this year's BreyerFest Celebration Horse, at least in my opinion.

Breyer Clydesdale Stallion...Look What You Started

"Every trip to the hobby shop, I would stand and drool over the Mare (#83) and her foal (#84.)"

Way back in the 1970s, there was this little model horse. He was a beautiful Clydesdale - my very first Breyer horse, ever. For those of you interested, he was the Clydesdale Stallion #80, all dressed out in red and white bobs. I got him for Christmas, after drooling over my sister's Breyer collection and complaining to my parents that I didn't have any.

I treasured Clyde, but he wasn't enough. For months I saved up my allowance to add some stable mates for him. Every trip to the hobby shop, I would stand and drool over the Mare (#83) and her foal (#84.) I just needed a few more weeks of my whopping $.50 a week allowance to get the foal and then, his mama. After all, back then the smaller horses were much closer to a grade schooler's meager budget. In the meantime, I would clutch my little Clyde, feeling the curves of his flanks, as I daydreamed of one day having a real horse.

Flash forward a few years. Now I own a farm big enough for more than a few dozen real-life Clydes. Unfortunately, I'm not much bigger than my 1970s self, so riding a huge draft horse would be a comical sight. However, I do have my sights on a gorgeous pair of Halflinger draft ponies. Oh, and this beautiful registered Paint. And then there's that Tennessee Walker and buggy I've always dreamed of since my long-gone bell bottom days.

Breyer Favorites: Two Stall Wood Barn

One of my favorite accessories for my collection of Breyer Horses is the Two Stall Wood Barn. The Two Stall Wood Barn provides a home for my favorite ponies and helps set the scene for my imaginative equestrian adventures. Recently, I have been thinking about painting (or staining) the barn but I am not sure if this will make it look tacky. Does anyone here have any experience in modifying the Two Stall Wood Barn? If so, what did you use to make it look authentic? I guess I am worried that I will have a bunch of beautiful realistic horses with a cartoon-ish barn which would really take away from the fantasy. Any help would be appreciated!

breyer sellers

I'm sorry I'm not trying to run any of you guys out of buyers but I found a place that sells breyers cheap. They aren't the very old valluables I  don't think. You have probably already heard of them Its geddies toys! It's great! I am surprised that the tack is more exspensive. Its probably because its real leather. They have classic traditional and stablemates.

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