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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)



 
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Maverchick5 years ago
Love it! How much to make a horsie?
Excellent work! I love seeing people make ordinary items extraordinary.
Arbitror5 years ago
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!
3366carlos5 years ago
Darn, I don't have the skills nor the tools.  Do you sell them?
bambangpe5 years ago
Amazing art was born, unique and fantastic work.
Logan Cade5 years ago
sweet
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...)
brainwise5 years ago
That's amazing. Well done!
lemonie5 years ago
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
Wolfguy (author)  lemonie5 years ago
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.
lemonie Wolfguy5 years ago
Yes I get it, not much brazing experience but I understand. L
ClayChip5 years ago
Beautiful... Just beautiful. You did a great job with the brazing too.
ad-astra5 years ago
Cool! What size nails did you use?
Wolfguy (author)  ad-astra5 years ago
I think they were size 16, horseshoe nails but i am not sure. The box had the size covered with a sticker.
gjm5 years ago
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.
randofo5 years ago
Wow. Very cool and beautiful results.