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« on: November 03, 2011 10:26:48 PM »

I've long wanted to accept the challenge of creating a carousel horse from a child's bouncing toy.  When I found one at a flea market, I was "off and running".

After removing the horse from the frame, he was mounted on a closet rod with a recycled patio umbrella stand for the base.  Several coats of white spray paint provided me with a great canvas so I was able to put some of my recently acquired one stroke techniques to good use (along with a few different strokes of my own).  I finished him off with several coats of acrylic spray and tied ribbons and flowers under the finial at the top.    

I bought beaded fringe for the reins but had everything else on hand except for the plastic discs I used to cover the holes left from removing the frame.  (Do they show in the finished horse?)

I've always found that the satisfaction I feel from arts and crafts comes from being able to say "I created it". Therefore, I take a lot of photos of my projects but keep very few of the finished items for myself.  My carousel horse is no exception.  He has found a loving home with a friend who has made him the pride of her carousel collection.  He's no longer mine but I can visit whenever I choose.  

In case anyone wants to try making one of these, I thought I'd let you in on a new idea for a great looking, easy base---thanks to my Hubby.  His floor lamp quit working so he stripped the light & wiring from it, drilled a hole in the side of the pole, & put a bolt thru to act as a "stop".  He slid the horse down over the pole so it rested on the bolt at the proper height.  I used a decorative wooden finial to finish the top of the pole where the light fixture was removed.

I've since found floor lamps at thrift shops for $10 to $15.  Just make sure it's one of the heavier ones.  Some of the light weight ones wouldn''t be sturdy enough.

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2011 01:16:36 AM »

oooh I have such a crush on him! He reminds me of the theme parks from when we used to go to the Netherlands on vacation, when I was little! So dreamy *swoon* You did a great job! I can't see the discs at all.

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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2011 04:35:17 AM »

You did an amazing job. He looks just like a carousel horse from a merry go round. Smiley

« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2011 04:45:09 AM »

Beautiful! Now I am eyeing my kids bouncy horse  Grin
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2011 02:31:45 PM »

Wow, lovely paintwork, it's so effective! Utterly charming Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2011 06:29:25 AM »

Amazing! I love this. Great job, love the paintwork. Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2011 05:04:31 PM »

Absolutely beautiful!  I have some little ceramic horses that look very similar.  I always wondered about recycling a rocking horse, and now I know it works.  Unfortuantely, I have not learned to paint, although I bought the one stroke book, and supplies.  I guess there are decals that would sort of work for the flowers, maybe.

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« Reply #7 on: November 09, 2011 04:32:04 PM »

I really appreciate all of the nice comments.  Always makes me feel good to know my work is appreciated.  I had seen others made from the bouncing horses but it took a while for me to finally go for it.

I would have tried it even if I hadn't learned any one stroke painting.  If I couldn't draw a design I wanted to paint, I would have used a childs coloring book & traced something on so I could fill them in like a paint-by-number.

I've already found another horse at a flea market & would like to begin again but I spend the winter in FL & the horse is back home in IL so it will have to wait 6 months or so.  Meanwhile, I'ts easy to find projects to keep myself busy.
« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2011 04:40:26 PM »

That is stunningly beautiful!!
So many fabrics, so little time . . .
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