Saturday, 22 July 2017

Make a lucky horseshoe

Hello. Remember this? The rusty old horseshoe that was on the front of my garage for years, then it fell off. I thought I might tart it up a bit. Stan the friendly library man has the tools at home to get rid of the rust and it looked like this when he gave it back to me. Looks nice and shiny. Could be left like that with a couple of coats of varnish to seal it. But no, I want to add colour. 
My first idea was to wrap strips of fabric round it, and sew beads onto it, Tried that but it just wasn't working, couldn't get the finish I wanted. Then I thought of painting it, but then realized it would probably chip off. Nail varnish, that's it, I bought some dead cheap from a car boot sale and still had some left. Next clear varnish, stick beads and sequins on with the varnish. A piece of wire threaded with beads makes a colourful hanger.

It's taken ages to get some decent photo's the light bounces off the shiny surface. I've done my best, photographing it in different places, and rejecting most of them, so here are a few of the bestest ones.









I'm very pleased with the result, it looks fab in real life.

It's looking like the early rain is clearing up, I'm off out in ten minutes, the Bowls Club has a coffee morning and I'm going to socialize. Enjoy your weekend, we'll catch up soon.
Toodle pip

22 comments:

  1. Your horseshoe looks great never thought about painting them, you give us so many ideas Ilona. Enjoy the coffee morning, I am taking a coffee break from sorting some cupboards I have the estate agents coming on Tuesday so it's all systems go, fortunately I gave been decluttering for a long time. Hazel c uk

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  2. I have one of these outside my front door. Looks drab. Great idea and fab result. Thank you Ilona.x

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  3. That looks lovely!!,My mam has one of these in her garden She brought it from the house she had lived in for 73 years,it was always there from when she was a child and couldnt bear to leave it behind.Ive got one in my garden aswell.But mines only a pound shop one!!,Hope the suns shining for you all.It is here in Leic at the min...but rain n thunder later on.Debi,Leic,x

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  4. The horseshoe looks really good, very effective and pretty. Where will you hang it? Perhaps over the door on the Inside ? In my local RSPCA shop recently, there were two knitted ones for sale, each adorned with silk flowers and pearls. Everyone who picked them up got a surprise, as the weight revealed that there was a real, heavy horseshoe inside ! Jean.

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  5. That looks brilliant I just love what you have done with it, may it bring you lots of luck.x

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  6. I would love to hang that up here. Good thinking Ilona.

    Joan (Devon)

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  7. Beautiful work as always.Nick

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  8. I luv it Ilona -It looks like a magical rainbow horseshoe glowing with happiness x

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  9. Hey wow! Love it; may have to pinch the idea for the mini-horseshoe we dug up at the allotment last week!

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  10. Lovely! And I'm just as curious as the others as to where you will be hanging it.

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  11. I thought you might like to hear about my horse shoe purchase a few weeks back. We were on holiday in Cornwall on a day out in Lostwithiel. Saw a lovely hand painted horse shoe in a bric-a-brac shop - painted in tiny flowers and leaves (the kind of style you see barges painted in). The lady said it was listed in her book as £23 but as it had a £9 sticker on it, that's what I could have it for. She said there were 2 but she couldn't find the other. I wanted one as a wedding souvenir for my future daughter in law and have threaded it with pink ribbon. Looks lovely!

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  12. very pretty. Bargain wise I picked up 3 small loaves and 2 packs of muffins for £1.16p yellow stickered in my local Tcos. Thanks fr the idea to look for the yellow stickered stuff. I would have bought more of I had freezerroom.

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  13. Hello all,Well,ive been looking at my.poundland horse shoe,n thinking i might be able to do mine like yours.....Well,i will give it a try anyway,lol,!!This afternoon,went out with my Mam n Sister,to 4 charity shops and didnt by a thing.I realise now that i have enough......mmm,and alot more...of clothes in my wardrobes.I even resisted,a pink velvet jacket,for a fiver,cause i already have 2...Flis,you would have been proud of me,lol,!I donated about 25 more books so ive got a bit more space...Unless they are really special to me...Then they are going..Hope you are all having a great Saturday,Take care,Debi,Leic,x

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    1. I should take a leaf out of your book Debi.Well done girl! Only yesterday I was trying to find an outfit to wear to a 21st - what a palaver.I found a dress amongst my stuff,but then when I tried to find shoes to wear with it loads came spilling out of one of my wardrobes.It was too stressful.I have to get organized.I will try too just keep special things like you said - thanks x

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  14. You are a very artist lady Ilona:)

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  15. Thats pretty damn bling! Love it.
    Must have taken a while to do it.

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  16. Brilliant. Looks great around the light switch.
    xx

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  17. you are so blessed. You can see an everyday object and imagine what it could look like. Good jog!

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  18. The farrier came the other day and there were two horse shoes in the bin...should have pulled them out for you!

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  19. I love the way you figured out to hang it. I have one that I want to fix up, but being technologically challenged, I couldn't figure out how I would hang it. Now I know!

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  20. I am inspired....and I have a horsehoe. Annoyingly, I don't have any nail varnish... I wonder if the pound shop have any

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