I had a little 3" X 3 5/8" block of plywood leftover after I built a couple of freestanding shelves, I felt that I had to do something with it, so here is what I came up with.
I stained the wood with watered down acrylic paint to make it look a little more weathered. I painted little black and white confetti horses to look like appaloosas then glued them on to the block. I coated it with clear resin so that the little confetti horses would not come off and to attach the horse head.
Before I coated the block in resin wood burned "appaloosa" on both sides.
I nailed rusty horseshoe nails to the the top of the block to attach twine. I dyed the twine with Rit dye to match the wood. The beads strung on the twine, I made from recycled plastic bottles (more on how they were made http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285491.0;all
, I was so happy to finally have a use for these, for years I didn't quite know what to do with them
). Then I drilled holes in the bottom, so that I could glue in glass bead strands.
These are unpainted casts I made from horse heads I sculpted from polymer clay, molded with silicone and cast in white resin.