Monday, April 14, 2014

Doll, New Appaloosa Mare Traditional Scale Artist Resin

Isn't she sweet? This is the new "Doll" artist resin model horse by Michelle Platt. She's a Traditional scale Appaloosa, and a model of the real mare rescued by the Silver Wings Horse Rescue. She's also a benefit for the rescue.  We are selling Doll for Michelle, and casts are now available for purchase.

Visit EquinArt Creations - Doll for more info on this lovely new work by Michelle Platt!

Friday, April 4, 2014

How to Ship an Artist Resin Horse Model

I opened up Facebook this morning to see yet again another post from a disappointed model horse collector who received a broken artist resin model. Artist resin horse models are fragile works of art that should be shipped correctly to prevent breakage. Yes, there's insurance, but sometimes art cannot be repaired or replaced! Most resins are one of a kind. When we had a minor earthquake here in Virginia several years ago, my beautiful Aten Khamen Arabian resin by Candace Liddy fell over six feet from the top of the china cabinet to the floor, smashing legs, bending was a mess. Thankfully, Candace did the repair job herself, but what a heart break it was. I thought for sure that the resin was lost for good!

So let's talk about packing an artist resin for shipping through the mail or by UPS. The jury is out on which service handles packages more carefully. I've had good and bad experiences with both, as well as experience filing insurance claims with either service, and to me they are about on par in terms of speed and customer service. Take your pick.

The carton you select to ship your artist resin model horse needs to be sturdy. There should be at least one inch, but no more than two or three inches, of space around the model. You'll want to pack the model securely so that it doesn't shift during shipment. Shifting inside the package can bang delicate hooves, legs or ears against the carton walls, causing breakage.

Everyone has a favorite way to pack resins, but this is how I've always shipped resins, and in the 10 years I have been shipping artist resin horse models we have had only one damaged during shipping, so I think my track record is pretty good.

First, I wrap the ears with either cotton balls or a combination of cotton and strips of bubble wrap. Depending on the horse's pose, I may wrap the tail or insert a piece of cardboard between the legs with padding made from cotton and bubble wrap.

Next, I lay a sheet of about four to five squares of bubble wrap on a table for a traditional scale model. I wrap the model from nose to tail. Then I take a second sheet and wrap it around from top to bottom. I use tape to secure the whole model. It looks like a bubble-wrapped pillow by the time I'm done with it.

I place a thick layer of packing peanuts inside the carton, gentle place the model on the peanuts, and fill the box so that the model cannot shift at all. Sometimes I place an extra layer of wrap on the bottom and top of the carton, depending on the fragility of the model. The whole box is then taped securely on all seams and stamped FRAGILE on all sides.  I wonder sometimes if the word FRAGILE is a challenge to see how roughly the package can be handled, but the post office can never claim they didn't know the model was fragile.

The item is then shipped with insurance and tracking.

This method has worked reliably for me for many years shipping artist resin model horses. I know that many collectors use wadded up plastic shopping bags for Breyers and such, and that can be okay for plastic models - they tend not to break as easily. But for resins, it's important to invest in good packaging materials. Your customers are spending hundreds of dollars on a resin horse model, so it pays to pack it well so it gets there in one piece!

What are your favorite tips for shipping fragile china or artist resin horse models? Leave a comment below.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Der Rottweiler Now Available!

Rottweiler dog sculpture

Dog lovers everywhere, rejoice!

Michelle Platt is now sculpting...dogs! 

Above is Der Rottweiler, her latest sculpture, released today through EquinArt Creations. Those of you who, like me, are friends with Michelle like to see photos of her beloved dogs. She has a Rottie, a German shepherd and another dog, and she does dog training and competes with her Rottweiler. You can tell she genuinely loves the breed. She's really poured her heart and soul into Der Rottweiler.

I have a copy on my desk right now. I love this guy. His open mouth looks like he is smiling, just like my German shepherd mix, Shadow.  Don't you love it when dogs smile? It makes the whole world seem right even when everything around is crummy.  

Der Rottweiler is orderable now.  He takes a few weeks to cast and ship, and we get him cast when orders come in.  He is about 5 inches high and about 7 inches from the tip of his curled, wagging tail to that adorable square snout of his.

der rottweiler statue
Happy dog! Der Rottweiler

rottweiler dog statue
Der Rottweiler by Michelle Platt. Order from EquinArt Creations.