How to make a
Right once you've
got your victim and supplies (similar as for halter but more buckles) then you
can start. I
start with the cheekpeices.
Firstly glue leather to 1 bit, measure half way up the
side of face, bend leather and snip a bit below that, add buckle. Do same to
other side and leave to dry.
drying you can do the throatlatch. Measure all the way around the head under the
throat + half way round again. Cut, then glue buckle on 1 end. Cut other end to
drying make the headpiece. Just measure from below half way down cheek, behind
ears to same point other side - make longer if you wish. Cut both ends to a
Put throatlatch on horse, attach headpiece to cheekpeices
and put on horse, adjust accordingly and trim excess leathers to right size
leaving enough so you can adjust for other horses.
Next is the
Put a buckle on a bit of leather, measure around the
widest part of the muzzle - leave extra and cut. Cut end to a point. Put on
model fastened up to check fit and room for adjustments.
Take noseband off
and bend leather around it to make a side. Glue but make sure it can still slide
up and down the band. Measure half way up and glue a buckle on (this should be
on the near side)
Do same for other side but instead of a buckle - measure
all the way behind the ears + over buckle. Cut end to a point.
Put back on model
and adjust to fit.
Right now your all
set to do the browband.
Loop the end of the leather UNDER the straps leaving some
sticking out the other
side. Glue but
make sure can still be moved.
Do the same for the other side cutting off excess before
That should be the
main bridle done.
Side should look
Reins are easy - glue
leather to bit ring, measure just over halfway to other side, glue onto a
buckle. Other side, glue to bit ring and cut end to a point, thread thru buckle.
This way you can adjust reins on each model and it looks more realistic.
For fancy designs like rolled bridle etc, get some
leather thronging (rolled type) measure for browband (front only) with pliers
flatten ends then glue to browband. Do same for noseband only going from
cheekpeice to cheekpeice.
There you go -
your finished bridle.
browbands etc just glue some felt under the nose and browband making sure it's
slightly wider at both sides.
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