What's that bendy bar thing you use for wither tracings?
I need to do wither tracings of my horse... there's some flexible bar thing that you can use, I know, but I can't think of what it's called or where you get it (hardware stores, or is it for drafting?). Any help? I think the one I saw was blue, if that makes it any more clear...
the flexible ruler. Or, if you have any Romex electrical wire (the kind that coated with white insulation over copper wire) that will also work. I don't like the coat hanger idea because it is hard to get it to really follow the contour of the horse.
An arts and crafts store like a Michael's will have it. Most office supply places like Staples will also. Make sure you get one that is long enough- I've seen some that are only 12" long- which won't work.
Be careful though, they will droop and close the curve between horse and paper. Since I'm shopping for a side saddle, I've become an unwilling expert at wither tracings. The shorter your curve, the less droop you will have to deal with.
This link will tell you how to make what the side saddlers refer to as a "verified" tracing, which involves putting the cardboard back on the horse to see if what you drew actually fits.