Need help

aquawise(zone 4 Utah)May 19, 2011

I have 3 old wonder horses that are in good shape! the frames are gone. I would like to repaint them like carousel horses for my garden. For the life of me I can find nothing on how to do this. I know the basic needs of this but would like some help on how to prep them so the paint does not peal off and things like that. How to remount them on a pole to look the part. HELP PLEASE!

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I sprayed white primer on my Wonder Pony. Next I'll decide what color I want him. Instead of doing a carousel pole, I got a pole lamp from Goodwill and used that as a stand for him. Just drilled a hole in his belly and slipped him over the pole. As for other instructions, years ago, PaintingFool on Trash to Treasure gave some real good ones.

"I made a lot of these carousel horses in the past. You should first fill the holes. I cut down the dowels holding the springs, glued them in place and filled with wood putty. Then if you like it crackled, paint the entire horse with the undercolor you like, put on the crackle medium, paint with the finish color and wait for crackle. I can't wait so I use a hair dryer. If you don't want to crackle, just paint the areas the colors you like. I paint roses on the seat and down the neck. The mane and tail in gold. I spray it with a finish varnish. I mount it on a closet dowel (using small dowels under neath to keep it from sliding down the pole. The base can be wood or an outdoor umbrella stand (please paint though). Hope this gets you started."

hugs, Karen

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 8:06PM
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Marlene Kindred

One of our GJers, Excess Frou Frou did a beautiful job on a carousel horse. I put her link below...I'm sure she'd be willing to share her secrets too.

Here is a link that might be useful: Frou's horse

    Bookmark   May 19, 2011 at 9:03PM
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