Do you have a childhood treasure that just doesn't fit in your home's decor? Something you just can't get rid of but don't want stored in a box forever? If so, this may be the project for you!
When I was sorting through some boxes that had been stored in my parents basement for mumble mumble years, I came across the gorgeous guy you see below. You see, like many women, I had been horse-mad when I was a kid. Of course this meant that I filled my room with galloping horses, just like this one.
Now, since I don't have a horse-mad daughter and am trying not to end up on an episode of Horders, into the donate box he went. There Black Beauty lived for a few weeks until I remembered Remington and his bronze statues of horses and their riders. Ideas on how to accomplish something similar began to bubble and percolate in my brain.
Then I had it, I would turn Black Beauty into my own bronze statue and keep him forever!
Step 1: Gather Materials
- Gorilla Glue (not pictured)
- Drill and bit - bit should be the same size as the shank of the screws
- Copper Spray Paint
- Hammered bronze spray paint
- 1x4 piece of wood - cut to the size that fits your horse
- 1x6 piece of wood - cut 2 inches larger that the 1x4
- screws - 1" and 1-1/4"
- pencil (not pictured)
- Draw circles around the hooves on the 1x4
- Draw an arrow to mark the centers and then drill the holes
- Drill holes in the bottom of the hooves
Step 3: Attach your horse to your base (Sorry, I don't have any photos of this. Since I don't have 3 hands I couldn't take any photos.) and caulk the seam
- Place a bit of glue in the center of each circle
- Using the 1" screws, screw into your pilot holes until the screws just poke out of the top of the piece of wood
- With the base on its side, place the horse so the holes in the hooves settle on top of the screws
- Finish screwing the horse to the base
- Set aside overnight to let the glue harden completely
Step 4: Attaching the secondary base
- Set the horse and base onto the 1x6 and, measuring to make sure that it is centered, mark the edges so you can make sure to drill inside the lines
- Clamp the pieces of wood together and then lean everything over onto a couple of rags so you can screws the pieces of together.
- Caulk the seam between the two pieces of wood
Step 5: Painting
- Prime and let dry
- Paint with copper spray paint and let dry. It will take a couple of light coats to get complete coverage.
- Paint with bronze spray paint and let dry. It will take a couple of light coats to get complete coverage.
Here's a close up. I think it turned out pretty well. You would never know he was just a molded plastic underneath.
This shot shows how the detail really stands out thanks to using light coats of spray paint.
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Crafting Rebellion, Type A and Better After were kind enough to feature this project on their blogs.