I enjoy welding. I have done a few projects with horseshoes and horseshoe nail, but this is by far my favorite project.

A fellow student in my welding class brought in a horseshoe nail steer, that his mom had gotten him, and was going to try to recreate it. Well i had no project at the time, so I decided to try my hand at it. Boy was it hard, i wasted many a nail trying to get the horns just right.

A lot of the pieces you will make are subject to variations. I give this instructable to you just as a general guide, to be fallowed loosely. The measurements are not precise, nor should they be. I encourage you to experiment, and be creative. If you do something different i would like to see it, I have an interest in horseshoe, and horseshoe nail art, and am currently working on a horse.

For this project you will need :
3/32" braze rod, I used flux coated
at least 35 horseshoe nails, I think these are size 16
assorted pliers, needle nose and heavy duty snub nose
a oxyacetylene or oxypropane torch set
a vice (optional, but helpful for making face pieces)
sheet with pieces on it, to help in shaping and cutting pieces, especially laying out body.
surface you can braze on
fire bricks (optional, but help to hold body while putting legs and head on)
Tape (optional, used to help hold body together when brazing)
Partner (optional, but helpful for holding parts like the tail)

Step 1: Setting Up Nails

You will have a few nails left over if you don't have to redo any of the pieces. I said 35 because I can almost guarantee that you will have to redo at least one piece if not more. I have made about 10 of these and I still mess up pieces, especially the horns. I am not good at explaining in word what I am doing, but I will try explain it.

First I will tell what every part is and where it will go.
You will need 8 nails for the legs, 17 nails for the body, 2 nails for the horns, 2 nails for the center of the face, 2 nails for the eyes, 1 nail for the tail, and 1 nail for the heck
Love it! How much to make a horsie?
Excellent work! I love seeing people make ordinary items extraordinary.<br />
I would totally buy this from you! The soot and flux gives it a used, rustic look, which to me looks waaay better than if it was all clean and trim! This is definately five-star material!<br />
Darn, I don't have the skills nor the tools.&nbsp; Do you sell them?<br />
Amazing art was born, unique and fantastic work.
Neat! Reminds me of my dad's sculptures that he keeps in the basement. Made 'em when he was a kid. Seems as if I need to learn how to braze! (I really like the bronze joints...)
That's amazing. Well done!
Very nice indeed. For my curiosity, why did you braze underneath rather than along the backbone - I'm guessing that it gives you a nicer line along the top? L
I brazed along the bottom for a few reasons. One being the original was made that way. Another reason being that the nails are closer together, and if you have ever brazed before it is not easy filling holes. If you want to try to braze along the back bone I would be interested in seeing how it looks.
Yes I get it, not much brazing experience but I understand. L
Beautiful... Just beautiful. You did a great job with the brazing too.
Cool! What size nails did you use?
I think they were size 16, horseshoe nails but i am not sure. The box had the size covered with a sticker.
I have to agree with everyone else; this is beautiful. Excellent job.
As being a person that absolutely admires constructions of rough, preformed metal objects, this comes out to be nearly astonishing! I could easily see myself making one of these in the near future.
Wow. Very cool and beautiful results.

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