Prospect, VA (PressExposure) December 27, 2011 -- Jeanne Grunert, president of the online model horse retail gallery EquinArt Creations, announced today the publication of the 2nd edition of her book, Tiny Treasures Collecting Micro Mini Model Horses. The book offers a fascinating glimpse into the history, evolution, and modern-day selection of micro mini model horses, or horse models under one inch tall.
"Micro minis are great horse models to collect for people with limited space," said Ms. Grunert. "I love my collection of micro minis. My "herd" of over 30 plastic, pewter and resin horses includes draft horses, Arabians, foals and more, yet it fits in about one square foot of shelf space."
Many children and parents are familiar with Breyer Mini Whinnies, tiny plastic ponies sold in zippered cases at tack shops and toyshops nationwide. What they might not know is that model horse enthusiasts nationwide amass great collection of plastic, resin and pewter micro minis, customize them with original painted finishes, make tiny saddles and bridles, photograph them, and show them in competitions. The hobby is similar to the model railroad hobby or dollhouse miniaturists who prize realism and exacting detail above all else.
Tiny Treasures traces the history of micro minis. Candace Liddy, the sculptor behind the Creata company's line of micro mini model horses, shared the history and edition list of micro minis produced in the 1990s by Creata. The book includes dozens of rare and never-before-seen photos of test colors, production goofs, and unreleased Creata micro minis. The Breyer model horse company contributed photos of the current Mini Whinnies line of micro mini model horses, and various artist resin and pewter micro minis photographed from Grunert's collection are included too.
"This book offers collectors a photo-based journey through the various brands, types and breeds of micro mini model horses to collect," said Grunert. Katrina Michaels, a fellow model horse collector, contributed several how-to articles that are included in this edition to help collectors learn how to paint, repair and enjoy their micro mini model horses.
Grunert started collecting model horses in the 1970s and amassed a collection that today includes rare and vintage Breyer, Peter Stone, Josef, Artist Resins and other model horses. In 2004, Jeanne and her husband John founded EquinArt Creations, an online sales gallery focused on selling unique, realistic and beautiful Artist Resin and china model horses and equine art. Grunert has written extensively about the model horse hobby for Just About Horses, Breyer's now discontinued magazine, and various websites, and remains an active participant in many online model horse groups. She is also the editor of The Model Horse Quarterly, a journal produced for hobbyists.
Tiny Treasures Collecting Micro Mini Model Horses is 90 pages long and available in two paperback editions and as a PDF eBook. The full color paperback version, with color photographs inside and out, retails for $45.00 plus shipping; the black and white paperback version is $17.99 plus shipping. A downloadable PDF eBook version will also be available for $8.99.
To purchase a copy, please visit [http://www.equinartcreations.com/MicroMiniBook.html].