I have a little list of moulds I want to add to my collection and then a folder on the computer called something like "favourite Julip colours" where I save pictures of other people's models or spares that I really like. Then if I have the money together I combine the two.
I've also asked for ponies painted from pictures of real horses, if you want something really unique, and almost-copies of a spare I've missed.
If I'm asking Laura to copy an existing Julip's colour and I know who owns it I usually try and sent them a message as a courtesy but I don't think it's a big deal really and can't imagine anyone would say no unless you were doing something weird like copying the exact colour and markings of a portrait of their real horse.
I don't tend to put in a lot of custom orders though so interested to see how other people decide!
I’ve only ordered 3 that aren’t spares or old catalogue horses. Two of those are portraits which I’d always wanted so that was an easy decision. But my last order also included a special. In the end, after hours of googling, I found a photo of a random horse I quite liked and bit the bullet! I let Laura decide a few details and he’s absolutely gorgeous!
I still have about 300 ideas in my head for other specials but I think the approach of just going for it worked for the last one and has resulted in a model I really love 😊
I have to admit I’ve got more ideas than money, hehe. But I’ve got a very similar tactic to kits: I have a list of moulds that I like and a folder with pictures of horses and Julips in colours I like. I do have some difficulty choosing which one to order next, but in the end I just go with whatever.
If you really are in doubt, feeling slightly adventurous and like a surprise, you might also go ahead and ask Laura to take a pick from the colours and moulds you like. One thing is certain: whatever she comes up with, it will definitely look absolutely stunning!
Right now I’m already thinking up my Christmas order. I’m certain it will be a portrait of a horse I bought recently, but I’m still in doubt about which mould would suit her best. I’m leaning towards the dressage horse.
Thanks guys. I've tried lists (I just keep adding to them) and I've saved archive pictures of existing horses - about 75 of them so far!!! I think the "surprise!" Option is probably my best chance.. I'll still be trying to decide this time next year left to my own devices 😁