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  • SNUNEZ
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    horse shoe art

    Hi I have made some horseshoe art also one of the cheap ones is a beer bottle holder google bottle holders youll see

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  • PTsideshow
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    Having spent over 35 years in small businesses that started as hobbies and got out of hand. These type threads are a great source of info and ideas, plus that's why they have search functions on these forums. It may not be of interest to all that frequent this forum. But it will be if only a passing interest to a number of members. That is what is so great about these forums whether you are a new hobbyist or an old hand pipeliner/rig welder that is looking to fill some down time between jobs. You can find it here!

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  • Markswelding
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    art

    wow who would have thought that horse shoes would be as big as they are what a therad.
    That's what I need an idea

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  • Nitesky
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    Wow, what an old thread

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  • PTsideshow
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    Not to rain on your parade, going into business isn't easy as pick up a couple of shoes welding them together and doubling the price.
    You have to factor in the cost of your tools, assorted supplies, wire/rod, electricity other stuff that you will use in producing the items. Then you add in the profit and come up with a price for wholesale and then retail.
    That is one reason that the income tax agency, says a new business can take a loss 3 out of 5 years.

    The other thing is there are 1,000's of people that are already making and selling horse shoe art on the net. I just did a google search for "horse shoe art" over 15,000,000 hits in (0.19 seconds)

    You would have to find a wholesaler of shoes and buy them direct, or have a number of sources for used/worn shoes.

    The stories you hear about people, making money with their shop created art. Usually don't talk about the problems, and the PIA it was till they got going.

    So if your not going trying to support your self or family, right of the gate.Not going to happen. Then you should also be looking into the small business administration web site for information and direction in starting a business.
    And do a google search you will have more ideas for projects, and an idea of what people are trying to sell them for. They may or may not be selling any items at those prices.

    Plus the economy isn't the greatest, for the extras people use to buy in most area's of the US.
    And there is a reason why hot foot uses all kinds of items other than horseshoes in his art. and he is in the center of the cowboy decor world. To many other people making things with horseshoes!

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  • ClarkDaniels
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    Just starting out

    Hey everyone,
    Saw some really great posts here so decided to be a noob to it all and ask a question. I am just starting out with thinking about doing some horseshoe art , have a couple suppliers I believe can supply with some good used horseshoes for free and would love to know your thoughts on some decently cheap welders that would be good for starting off with . I did some welding in high school, just not sure what type of welder would be good to start this kind of project on. Your thoughts and tips are greatly appreciated!
    Thanks,
    Daniel.

    P.S. Would love it if I could get away with only having to buy small tanks of gasses from places (If thats possible lol) hate having to rent them out and have to have a steady fee of renting gasses and tanks lol.
    Last edited by ClarkDaniels; 09-02-2011, 03:19 AM.

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  • Bert
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    your imagination is astounding!!! FANTASTIC JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • jeeperjohn
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    A few more.
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  • KBar
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    Here is another, quite simple to make.
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  • Bert
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    jeeperjohn,
    wow, good imagination! looks great

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  • wireburner
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    looks good

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  • jeeperjohn
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    Some more horseshoe art.
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  • wireburner
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    here is a pic. of a thing I made for my Grand-parents for there table to put hot skillets and pots on .
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  • Bert
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    James, thanks for the e-bay tips!!!
    Jonnymag, looks pretty darn good!!!

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  • jonnymag
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    Are you using just paint or primer/paint/clear?

    Originally posted by fun4now View Post
    i still cant get a rose started ?? and my first attempt was way bad.
    Not sure how you did it, but I sorta cheated. Basically, I cut cardboard templates and traced them onto the metal -- 5 circles, each 1/2" smaller diameter, divided into 1/5ths for 5 petals, with a hole in the center so I knew where to drill to attach the stem. Attach the circles to a mandrel (welding/brazing rod), biggest circle on the bottom. Then fold petals up layer by layer in overlap circle. Being lazy, I used the welper to bend the tips of the petals outward, so it left a lot of teeth marks. I'll try to remember to use a needle nose the next time. My wife calls it "caveman art"

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