Wonder Horse... getting started!

solstice98August 15, 2009

A couple weeks ago I introduced myself to you all and asked a few newbie questions. Your advice really helped me get started with the plans for my first 3D mosaic project. I've done one wall but nothing else, so this is a big step. Well I'm finally ready to get started on the rocking horse!

He's been cleaned up, revealing that he is a Wonder Horse. (Of course he is!)

Then DH Jim figured out how to get him attached to a pole, to help in his evolution from rocking horse to carousel horse.

You can't see the way it's secured on the inside but this thing should be able to survive the next Florida hurricane! Mounting it directly onto the pole, then using a patio umbrella stand to hold it up, will making it easier to move if we ever have to do that.

And then today I used a primer on him that bonds to plastic.

I'm all set with adhesive and ready to start applying tiles tomorrow! I'm so excited! I followed your advice and scrounged tiles all over town, from Craigslist to yard sales. I visited Maryland mosaics on line and found some great tiles on sale there, too. I have some ideas sketched out but I think Wonder Horse will continue to evolve as I go. Of course I'll post more pictures as it happens.

Wish me luck!!!

Kate

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cathyscache

OH he is too cool!!! Can't wait to see him evolve!!!!!! Great project!!! Keep us posted w/lots of pics!!! You go girl!!!!You did such a good job on your wall I have no doubt he'll be amazig!!!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 4:41PM
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gardencrone

Kate. How exciting...will be watching to see how it goes. If your mosaic wall behind the horse is any indication, it should be beautiful! Sounds like you have done your homework, the rest is just kismet with a little vision. I'll be keeping an eye out.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 4:42PM
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wackyweeder

Oh he is GORGEOUS!!!!!!!
Be careful with that stand....Im afraid the wind might blow him over....

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 4:48PM
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texaswild

Ditto all the above - sounds like you have patience and do your planning, which always brings more beautiful results and less headaches. This w/be a "wonder" to watch.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 4:55PM
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solstice98

Thanks to all!
We are concerned about the stand as well and have tried to make it as stable as we can. We even added some weight to the bottom. If necessary, we'll sink another pole several feet into the ground next to him and secure the horse's pole to that one. We've even discussed setting an eye hook or two into the wall and running cables to the pole. Once he's done (and who knows when that will be!) we'll know how heavy he is and what we need to do. I might like him so much I decide to keep him in the patio instead of the garden.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 5:14PM
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nicethyme

O cool! I'm so excited to see you do this cause I have one waiting too keep us updated with tons of pics please!

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 8:56PM
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nanatricia

If you want to weigh down a little bit you could put some thinset and shreded paper inside and pant him with thinset on the out side.I use the shreded paper it takes up a lot of space but not to heavy.I do this with my doller store stachues (sp) to make them heaver and last longer.By the way it is looking good.

    Bookmark   August 15, 2009 at 10:39PM
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cathyscache

Hey SOLTICE: Here's a link to my Rosie, my rocking horse. Page 4 is her finsihed pics...Just thought I'd share her w/U. Have fun and keep us posted on yur progress. We all do love those pics!!!!!

Here is a link that might be useful: Rosie finsihed

    Bookmark   August 16, 2009 at 3:14PM
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solstice98

Rosie is beautiful! I don't think WH is going to be that detailed but I have had fun with the saddle today.

It was a great first day: I finished tiling the mane and tail and thought I would stop, but then I just had to do the little rolled up blanket behind the saddle. THEN I thought maybe I would put in a little more. I'm certain all of you understand! The heat finally got to me and I had to come in the house, but I'm really pleased with my progress.

I especially like the swirly glass pieces on the mane and tail, and the crescent moon piece I used on the forehead.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2009 at 4:42PM
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brendak_59

This is beautiful!!!! I love the blue.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2009 at 10:35PM
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wackyweeder

I love that mane! That will look so cool when its grouted. Thanks for the pics, he is looking great!

    Bookmark   August 16, 2009 at 11:58PM
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nicethyme

the swirls on the mane and tail are particularly genius! great start

    Bookmark   August 16, 2009 at 11:58PM
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texaswild

What a great start, and yes - every one of us knows how hard it is to stop when you're on a roll. And what a roll you were on - gonna be fantastic. Betcha you'll be out by daylight this morn.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2009 at 6:28AM
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solstice98

Wish I could work on it today, but I don't think my boss would understand!
"I can't come in today; I've a little horse!". LOL. Well, maybe that would work.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2009 at 6:55AM
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katishooked

This is going to be stunning. I know we sre not supposed to covet, but I do a lot of that here. LOL i too love the blue. Waiting for another update.

Kat

    Bookmark   August 17, 2009 at 7:07AM
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emtnest

Very nice... what are you using to glue them down with? It looks white... hope it's not the same stuff I used for a cinder block outside...the white bled through the grout..It was called pro something from home depot...I changed to thinset for all of my outside stuff.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2009 at 9:58AM
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texasfern

What an eyepopper!
Thanks for the pics!
We will definately keep and eye on this one!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2009 at 8:25PM
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solstice98

Not sure what it's called; I'll have to look and will let you know. It's the same thing I used on my wall project which is also outside. It is white. I grouted that one with a dove gray and nothing has bled through. It's survived outside in Central Florida through 2 rainy, stormy summers and 2 dry winters so I think it's OK. The wall is shaded in the morning but gets direct sun in the hottest part of the afternoon.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2009 at 9:59PM
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nanatricia

Looking real good!!!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2009 at 10:34PM
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solstice98

I got a little more done this weekend. I don't have any of the blue done on the other side (the dark side of the horse?) yet, but most of the saddle and bridle are done all around. The mirror hooves are pretty neat but I think they'll be scary to grout! Too many razor sharp edges!!!

I wasn't sure I could position the tiles to show the lines of the body, but it turned out to be pretty easy to add some definition. I've still got no idea what to do with the ears...

Kate

    Bookmark   August 24, 2009 at 3:41PM
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cathyscache

OH...OH....MY----He is lookin FINE!!!!! Yur doing a great job!!! I love it he is going to be GORGEOUS!!!! Speaking of the dark side of the horse U might eant to do him a different color on the other side and when you want a change turn him around!!! Just a thought!!! But I love him!!!! Keep those pics coming!!!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2009 at 7:45PM
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flagtruck

Looking great Soltice and I really like the mirror hoofs. You have outdone yourself so far. Hmmmm....no I do not have room for a horse..slap my face and get my attention...LOL NO NO NO...

    Bookmark   August 24, 2009 at 10:15PM
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katishooked

You are doing a wonderful job Soltice. You know I am a great fan of the Wizard Of Oz, this reminds me of the part with the horse of a different color number. Blue is definitely the right color for this pony.

    Bookmark   August 25, 2009 at 6:56AM
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emtnest

Beautiful job on Wonder Horse...

    Bookmark   June 3, 2010 at 9:02PM
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