Post by pennylanestables on Feb 5, 2018 19:13:24 GMT
Hello all, I was just wondering if any of you had any tips on how you make bits for your bridles, especially bits with mouth pieces. I have made one so far with a mouth piece, but the issue is that the thin wire I used for that part likes to come undone so I feel like I'm fixing it constantly. Also, I'm a little worried about the pointy ends of the wire that goes in the mouth scratching up the paint. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Post by juliporiginals on Feb 5, 2018 21:42:40 GMT
That's a tricky one, the vintage bridles used to have a thin wire mouth piece and there was always a risk of them scratching even though the ends were twisted around the rings, hopefully some collectors on the forum will have some good ideas.
I just get the sidepieces from Rio Rondo or make a simple snaffle from a little ring and bead. I stick them to my pony's snouts by using a teeny tiny bit of sticky wax. Sticky wax is awesome: I use it a lot around my little yard to temporarily stick stuff together.
I find it way too fiddly to make the actual mouth pieces and don't want to risk scratching them.
What also helps is to sneakily glue the sidepieces that hold the bit to the noseband. That way the bit pretty much stays where it should be.
Here's an example below: it's a little Rio Rondo bit with a tiny curb chain added. Both cheekpieces are glued to the noseband. Even better: the noseband itself actually doesn't have a sidepiece. Paddington's head just isn't big enough. No sticky wax or mouthpiece here.
Blueberry in my avatar has a 'classic' jump ring bit (as Beth described) that I glue to her face using sticky wax. The cheekpieces are attached to the noseband there as well.
I hope they don't scratch if you put them in gently XD I just ordered some bridles with mouth parts
I think it's a bit of a gamble and truly depends on how well the paint has set. My old Thoroughbred came with a moldy bridle with a rusty mouthpiece that I think must have been on his head for ages. The whole bridle was pretty much stuck to his face and the mouthpiece was stuck as well, but I managed to get it of without leaving a single scratch.
Blueberry on the other hand has a little scratch (on her onside, her offside is fine ) caused by a mouthpiece bridle. I'm incredibly gentle with my ponies, but it happened in a wink. Luckily I can easily cover it up with a halter or bridle, but it's still a bit of a shame. That's the reason why I 'stick' with stick wax.
I've starting using jump rings with little beads to look like the ends of the mouthpiece then using a piece of cotton as a mouthpiece to keep the sides in place
Not sure whether I should do this instead of ordering wired mouth parts :L Do you have any pics of what it looks like? I don't really want to use wax it defeats the purpose of them having open mouths in my eyes :L