Schleich model horses are popular with collectors of all ages due to the large variety of models available and the low cost compared with other types of model horses. A common problem that Schleich collectors find is that it is difficult to find accessories in the right scale. Making your own accessories can be very rewarding, and even beginners will find it easy to do.
Purchase a few blocks of polymer clay from your local craft store. Useful colours for making apples or other treats for your Schleich model horses include orange, red, brown and green.
Break off a small pea-sized piece of red polymer clay from the block and roll the clay in between your palms to soften it. Once it is soft, roll it into a ball.
Take the tip of your pencil and push it down into the top of the red ball to make a hole that goes about 1/3 of the way through the ball.
Pinch off a very small piece of brown clay and roll it into a tube shape. Gently push this piece down into the hole of the red ball to make a stem.
Pinch off a small piece of the green clay and flatten it into a leaf shape. Gently push the end of the leaf down into the hole next to the stem.
Bake your miniature apple in the oven according to the instructions on the clay wrapper. Be careful to let it cool before handling it.
Cut the sharp tips off of either side of a toothpick. Paint the toothpick black with acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry for a few minutes.
Cut a small piece of black embroidery floss to about a half of an inch. Fold the embroidery floss in half and glue the two ends together. Attach the glued ends to one end of the painted toothpick to make a wrist strap.
Repeat the loop-making process with a slightly smaller piece of embroidery floss to complete the whip end of end of the crop.
Wind black embroidery floss around the toothpick. You can use a little glue along the toothpick to help hold it in place. Stop about a quarter of the way down the toothpick, snip this piece off and glue the end in place. This makes the handle of the whip.
Allow the riding crop to dry overnight before handling or playing with it.
Polymer clay can be used to make brushes, carrots, sponges and even manure. The process for the riding crop can be altered slightly to make a lunge or dressage whip. Use your imagination to try new ideas.