Ive used those over-sized rings to articulate the legs, so's he can gambol and gallop. They're pretty clunky- to give that sort of appealing awkwardness.
I made a special stamp for the eye, and to make the mane and tail details, I get an old jeweller's file and strike its pattern on with a hammer!
I try to make it really basic and gutsy. Blobs of solder are visible- there's no erasure of the processes.
I think this way of working is risky- it can turn out too grungy, or just unskilled... but if I can master it, I believe it to be the best, most expressive and appealing.
Working with figurative subjects is risky too- its like a tightrope where you can fall off into twee-ness really easily. Sometimes I do get it right. Cute, but slightly gnarly too.
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