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Making horseshoe horsehair with epoxy

Simply make a horseshoe with horsehair. This allows you to make your own keepsake or memory with epoxy and a silicone mold.

In this manual, Maaike van Asinhars shows you how to make a memory with horse hair in the shape of a horseshoe. This is of course also possible with other silicone molds . Maaike makes beautiful (memory) creations with epoxy resin and ash and hair on request and sells them via her website. In this manual she takes you step by step through the process of making a horseshoe.

Supplies:

- Silicone mold horseshoe and horsehair
- UltraEpoxy Premium
- UV blocker
- 1x Gold flakes
- 2x Cardboard cups, toothpick, gloves , protective clothing, scales
- Bubble Blaster

Make horseshoe horsehair in 5 steps

Step 1: Preparation

First I get everything ready. I use the Epoxy casting resin (UltraEpoxy Premium), because it produces the fewest air bubbles and has the highest quality. You can pop any air bubbles that may arise during pouring with a lighter or burner. But, I don't use a burner when making this memory. This is because it can damage the mold and also burn the horsehair. That's why I use the Bubble Blaster from ItsOkay. You can easily spray this on the epoxy and it will quickly remove all bubbles. So ideal!

Step 2: Fill the mold with gold flakes

See how much epoxy you need. This mold contains approximately 75 grams of epoxy. For example, mix this in a disposable pouring cup .
Epoxy can yellow over time. To prevent this I add UV blocker . Then I pour a little bit into another cup. I also add some gold flakes to this. I let both cups rest for about 15 minutes so that air bubbles can pop. Then I pour the cup with the gold flakes into the horseshoe first. So this will be the top layer of the horseshoe. Once I've poured that layer in, I place the horse hair on top.

Step 3: Process the horsehair

Once I have poured the layer with gold flakes, I immediately add the horse hair. I distribute this over the mold, so that there is approximately the same amount of horsehair everywhere. I press the hairs into the epoxy with a toothpick, so that they are 'immersed'. You will see that the gold flakes also mix between the hairs. You can also use the toothpick to remove protruding hairs
press down so they don't stick out. If there is a stubborn hair that does not want to go down, you can always trim it. After I have arranged the hairs the way I want them, I spray away the remaining bubbles with the Bubble Blaster . I now let this layer harden for at least 24-48 hours.

Step 4: Final layer with gold flakes

Once the first layer of bristles has hardened for at least 24-48 hours, I proceed with the final layer. This will also be a layer of gold flakes. I prepare epoxy according to the instructions on the package and add a little UV blocker . I pour this layer up to the edge of the silicone horseshoe mold until all the hairs are 'submerged'. After pouring this layer, I spray the bubbles away with the Bubble Blaster . I also let this layer harden for at least 24-48 hours.

Step 5: Demoulding

He's ready! After a few days of patience, you can finally remove your epoxy horseshoe with horsehair from the mold. And how beautiful it turned out! The result is beautiful, especially with the gold flakes through it.
The horseshoe comes out of the mold matt: which also gives a nice effect.

Tips for making horseshoe horsehair

- Make sure you use good protection such as: gloves, possibly an apron and a well-protected surface against possible spills.
- You can still mix UV blocker with epoxy, so that it remains clear and transparent for a long time. Epoxy can discolour over time, so adding a UV blocker is recommended.
- Please note that working with hair in epoxy can cause many air bubbles to form. So be patient when processing the hair and use the Bubble Blaster to remove air bubbles in epoxy.

More information?

Do you have questions about making art, jewelry or casting/coating floors or other objects? Several epoxy experts work at itsOkay, each with their own expertise. We are happy to help you.
Contact itsOkay customer service or take a look at the Epoxy knowledge center .

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