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Carousel Horse Suncatcher

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What to do with a pretty Carousel Horse that needed a new life?
I thought about this for quite a few nights.
All I could picture in my head was the horse flying in air with ribbon streamers flowing down, kind of like a Maypole.
Why?
Who knows!
This was too fancy of a horse to just has ribbon streamers!
Then my dim light bulb finally shined - a suncatcher!
Ah, crystals, shiny beads, and of course a few ribbons ~
I gathered any and all supplies I thought I could use; beads, prisms, ribbons, all kinds of adhesives, chains, cording, millinery, ~ it looked like my craft totes tossed their cookies!
I studied what she was wearing. I wanted to enhance and maybe change it up just a tad.
I noticed was that there were roses decorating her here and there. I grabbed some small ribbon roses I had, but they weren't small enough. So I cut them down to size and glued them on
I only had purple ribbon roses.
The main colors of the horses garb is purple with some aqua.
I really wanted to bring more aqua out, so I painted some aqua.
Then it hit me! DUH!
I had forgotten I had just hit the best Estate Sale of a crafter, the day before and hadn't unpacked yet.
I started digging and came across these darling cascading millinery flowers. I thought they would be perfect to drape over her tail - that's when I realized I was adorning her like a parade horse!
That's OK, I love the horses in all their parade costumes/gear. :)
Aren't those cascading flowers perfect?
I love them!
I remembered I had a beaded decoration leftover from a non-functioning pen. That's the 2 short dark purple bead strands with bells on the ends that you see on this side. They are attached to a lavender flower which has a bow on it.
~ Next was the most difficult part ~
Hence probably the reason for not many photos
Threading the prisms, spacers and beads
Attaching them where I wanted them
Trying to get the end bows to look a like
And just plain wanting it all to turn out to be what I could see in my minds eye ~
Not done yet.
After attaching the bottom streamers I still needed to add two more "prism danglers'' to the center post. After a bit of finagling I got it just right but wanted it to be a little more secure than just tied and glued. I found a lampwork bead at the bottom of my stash that had a hole big enough to fit the pole, Amazing! Added a touch of glue and felt much better.
Next was to finish off the end of the pole.
I encircled it in a strand of tiny gold beads ending with an aqua star
and an iridescent bicone bead.
I know!
Glitter nail polish on the roses!!
She was hanging near a window and when the sun came in the colors that came shining through were wonderful.
A small breeze came up and she began to jingle too.
A sweet light jingle with rainbow colors and ribbon streamers.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Beads, ribbons   (yard sale, walmart)
  • Millinery, prisms   (yard sles)
  • Adhesives   (had from other projects)

To see more: http://dragonflytreasure.blogspot.com/2016/09/carousel-horse-suncatcher.html

Ask the creator about this project

  • William
    William Burbank, IL
    on Sep 10, 2016

    Such a great ingenious idea! I love it! I have three of these horses from old music boxes. I make music/jewelry boxes. Didn't know what to do with the horses. My granddaughter is is planning to go to horse training college and veterinary school. I think she'd love this! I'm stealing this idea!

    • Debbie Avila Newton
      Debbie Avila Newton
      on Sep 11, 2016

      Awesome! This horse came from a broken music box - I couldn't bare to throw her away! ♥

  • Cori Widen
    Cori Widen
    on Sep 11, 2016

    Clever! And adorable :)

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