I saw this large toy horse at the thrift shop and instantly fell in love with it. I just had to get it and do something with it. The mane and tail were typically matted. Red nail polish and other stains decorated it.
It's such a large horse, about 22" tall and long. Where to put it was how I came up with the idea... outside.
I thought of removing the nail polish and stains, but plastic can melt. Painting the horse was necessary.
There really is no salvaging matted synthetic successfully...
So I lathered it with plaster of paris. Mane and tail. I ran the substance completely through, squeezing and reapplying it. Then I formed the base where I wanted the mane to flow onto the body.
After allowing the plaster to dry, I applied indoor/outdoor caulk. Like decorating a cake, but with a caulk gun, I made a flowing mane and tail.
After placing the caulk where it appeared realistic ... or artistic :)
I smoothed out some of the unnatural areas of blobs.
Then waited for it to dry.
Until finally the next day, the caulk was dry.
I spray painted a base coat of Krylon, a plastic adhering paint, in espresso color. My constant plaster application and formation did scour the body a bit too, so the shiny finish of original paint dulled making paint adhere easily.
Lightly spraying and getting into all of the grooves and crevices.
Then a second coat a bit later.
Finally for the finishing up, I used indoor/outdoor Rust-Oleum Oil Rubbed Bronze paint for a cast iron look.
(I was NOT a paid advertiser or affiliate for this product. It was a product choice of my own .)
Now the pretty thing looks like a bronze statue!
The toy horse is certainly a grown up now. "Thinking outside of the toy box" ;)
Who would have thought under this paint is a toy?