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Here’s another easy DIY piece for your barn, a wall mounted bridle rack.

Like the saddle racks these use only a handful of materials. They’re easily customizable as well, if you wanted a longer (or shorter) rack, with or without a shelf. For the ones I made, I used:

  • 3 jumbo popsicle sticks, all cut to 5 inches
  • thick wire (I can’t remember the gauge, but it’s slightly thicker than a paperclip)
  • mini hand drill

I also used Aleene’s Tacky Glue, watered down paint for “stain” and gold alcohol ink.

The first thing you want to do is cut and sand your main pieces.

Next, plot out where you would like your hooks to go. I found it helpful to divide the stick into sections first, then find the center of each one. It was also helpful to lay a bridle on top of it, to give me a better idea of how many I could fit on the rack.

Drilling the holes was next. I chose a drill bit that was roughly the same size of the wire I wanted to use for the hooks.

Drill all the way through the wood, sanding them smooth afterwards. I ended up changing where I wanted the holes to be in this photo.

To make the hooks, cut small sections of wire (it’s better to have too much than not enough!) and bend them into shape. Β Getting them all the same size is really the hardest part of this project. XD

It’s also a good idea to compare them to a bridle. I wanted my hooks to be wide enough for a thick crown strap, and deep enough to hold it and the reins in place.

The next two steps are optional. I added a drop of glue to the end of each hook, to cover the sharp edge.

Once that dried, they were given a couple coats of gold alcohol ink.

To add a shelf, glue the top edge of the rack to a second stick. Propping it against something while it dries will help keep it straight.

I made two brackets by cutting another jumbo popsicle stick at a 45 degree angle. I cut the end off of each one…

… so it wouldn’t stick out from under the shelf once glued in place.

Add stain/paint/etc if desired.

Once dry, push all the hooks into the holes completely. Use wire cutters to snip off the excess from the back, getting as close to the wood as possible. Add a drop of glue (I’m using superglue here) for some added strength.

Seal everything with varnish (if you haven’t already) and your bridle rack is complete!

Hang it up, fill it up and enjoy. πŸ™‚

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I am building a miniature tack room.

This is part of a bigger, slightly insane project. It isn’t finished yet. But it is finished enough to show a few photos, and a couple things I’ve made for it I’ve turned into tutorials.

The first is an easy DIY – wall mounted saddle racks.

To make one, you will need:

  • One 1 3/4 in “jumbo” popsicle stick
  • Two 2 1/2 in regular popsicle sticks
  • One 2 1/2 in craft matchstick
  • One 1 3/4 in craft matchstick, with the ends angled (like a long, skinny trapezoid)

You will also need a tiny triangle – this is optional. To make this, cut a piece from a regular sized popsicle stick at a 45 degree angle. Using a mitre box is helpful!

Start by gluing the longer matchstick to one side of a popsicle stick. I’m using Aleene’s Tacky glue for this.

Once that sets, flip it over and glue the second popsicle stick ontop of the matchstick. Having something to prop it up against will help keep it straight.

Add the triangle to one end:

On the jumbo popsicle stick, make a mark 1/4 of an inch away from each end.

Glue the rack to this piece, using one of the marks as a guide. Here I like to use hot glue as it sets a lot faster.

Add glue to the angled ends of the remaining matchstick. Glue one end at the second mark, and the other underneath the rack. I like to add a drop of glue there as well, to make sure it will stay in place.

Stain if desired, (I use watered-down acrylic paint for “stain”) add varnish, and your saddle rack is complete!

Enjoy! πŸ™‚

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I’ve added to my collection of horse show awards:

This includes trophies, silver plates and statues.

This is kind of a tutorial, but like many of my “tutorials” it’s more of a creative-process type post. I’ve stuck it under Tutorials anyway, and I will try to explain how I made each one as best I can!

Starting with the easiest, the silver plates.

These were made from large buttons.

The holes were covered with circles of cardstock, then the entire thing was covered with silver alcohol ink. (I love this stuff) Here they are with their first coat:

These usually have some sort of engraving in the center, but I left mine plain as I didn’t trust myself to free-hand a design. One way to put a custom design in the center would be to print on a clear label sheet, cut it to size and stick it on.
The gold stands were bent from wire, after doing a quick google search on plate stands. πŸ™‚

Next, the gold horse:

The base was cut and sanded to shape from a piece of craft wood, then stained with watered down paint. The gold piece was cut from the edge of a Rio-Rondo parts sheet.

The horse is a H0/model railroad scale horse, painted gold.

The horse bust was my attempt at making a “bronze” statue.

The head was also made from a H0 scale horse. I had a duplicate of this one so off went it’s head!

This was difficult and potentially dangerous SO please be careful if you’re going to try this yourself. A mini whinny would be easier to cut through, I think. (or sculpt one if you’re feeling brave!)

The base was cut from a square dowel using a mitre box. (which is another new favorite thing!)

I mixed up a blob of magic sculpt to even out the bottom, and once that was cured, covered it in paint.

The “bronze” coloring was made by mixing brown and metallic gold paint together, dry brushed over a black layer. There are probably a dozen better ways to do it – this is just an attempt from what I had on hand. The gold piece was cut from a large gold sequin instead of the metal this time.

Next, the trophies. Ohhh… those darned trophies… >_<

The bases were cut from wood…

Then covered with holographic-patterned paper I printed up off the internet. A metallic scrapbook or wrapping paper might look better, but like I said I was trying to use what I had! πŸ™‚ I covered the pattern with a piece of clear packing tape before wrapping it around each piece.

All of the other pieces – the bases and toppers – were sculpted from black polymer clay. Unfortunately I don’t have any photos showing this, as the pieces were super tiny and super fiddly and my patience was wearing thin. Once they were baked I glued them all together with drops of E6000, hoped they would stay glued together, then covered them with a coat of gold ink.

Last, but not least, the trophy cup.

The shape of the cup was made by wrapping polymer clay around a sharpie. I wrapped that in foil beforehand, so I could slide it off easier, then left the foil in the cup until after it was baked.

There was a second cup made around the larger mascara tube, but it didn’t turn out very well. πŸ˜›

I added two handles and a (somewhat lopsided) base afterward, then painted the entire thing silver once it was baked. It was a pain to sculpt though. Next time, I think I’ll hunt down a plastic doll trophy and repaint that instead! XD

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