Hi everyone! It’s Ula here And I’m back with the hobby guide series Today’s topic is especially important for tackmakers but in my opinion it’s good to know about it even if you don’t make tack yourself. I’m talking about RioRondo of course! Wait, what? Almost any photo of my workds including RioRondo hardware gets a comment asking about what is it and how to get it So RioRondo still seems to be pretty new and unknown in polish model horse community Even though you can get it in Poland for some time now, on Monocerus.pl So there is the video! Let’s begin. RioRondo Enterprises is a company founded by Carol Williams in 1983 (according to the website) The model horse world just needed these tiny tricky-to-make things to make the tack look better. They also sell leather, tools, resins, tack kits and entire books about tackmaking *just a quick explanation of the word “tackmaking”* …and much, much more! But here we will focus on the hardware. You can find a pdf catalog on the website, you’ll find the link in the description box. They sell almost anything a tackmaker can dream of: From slotted halter rings, through bits and buckles to stirrups and decorations for any type of tack. From 1:6 scale to 1:32 they’ve got you covered. Not so long ago you could only get them from the official website of via german Model Pferde Versand shop. Luckily we have Monocerus, a store that is always ready to develop for the customers! Marta (the owner) send me some RioRondo hardware asking for a video showing whatit’s all about. So here I am – with the hardware from Monocerus… and a “little” personal collection of mine. Here’s a quick size guide. RioRondo has made a pretty decent job when it comes to scales and sizes. Both Monocerus and official catalog describe the sizes using common model horse scales. Usually there also is a note about the width of ribbon you can lace through the slots. Read that carefully! Otherwise you’ll be surprised. I was when I first bought the bijoux halter rings… I realised I’ve been making the straps way too wide all this time! Oh well. Don’t relay on the scale itself. Always remember about the size of each model you make the tack for. In my opinion the “classic” scale rings look a lot better o a small traditional model. So just keep that in mind! Now that we know something about sizes, let’s learn how to actually use the hardware! We get the rings in moulded sets so they don’t get lost. You can separate them using a pair of wire cutters or simply break them out, moving from side to side. As you can see there always is some excess left. Not a problem if it gets covered later But a good tackmaker will get rid of the visible ones. You can use a model file, sandpaper or even a nail file. It’s a quick process as the metal is pretty soft. Speaking of softness – don’t get fooled by the sturdy look of the hardware. They’re pretty fragile in reality, I’ve alreasy broken a buckle in my career… Speaking of buckles – you can’t buy them with tongues, and those come in handy sometimes. Sure, you can buy the dedicated RioRondo buckle tongues, but I’m cheap so I make them myself. Cut a piece of thin wire Flatten the end and bend it into a tiny hook put it on the buckle Bend it down and cut off the excess. Ta da! I wanted to talk obut the pricing for a bit. These are tiny, percisely made items imported from the US, so they get pretty pricey. That’s why I recommend them for experienced artists, just to make sure you’ll get the money back. I’m not saying you shouldn’t buy them as a beginner ofc! Just a little tip. All in all, RioRondo hardware is a great thing for tackmakers all around the world! Using them in your tack makes it look more professional and is pretty satisfying to be honest. I’m so so happy we can finally get them in Poland! So I’d like to say huge thanks to Marta for providing me (and everyone here) with the hardware! I highly recommend Monocerus.pl to everyone! I hope you found this video useful! If so, leave a like and a nice comment down below! …or a mean one if you wish, lol. Thanks for watching, see you in the next video soon!