Lucky horseshoes are an old Irish lucky charm that was often carried by new brides. When the newlyweds moved into their new homes, they nailed the horseshoe with the U facing up over their front doors. They said it was to keep the luck inside, lest their good fortune run out. Today, you can find lucky horseshoes on T-shirts, jewelry, party decorations and many other places. You do not have to be Irish either to wear this lucky charm!
This is a very quick project to make. You can etch this lucky horseshoe necklace and string it with green Mardi Gras beads for St Patricks Day or put the frame on a metal chain and keep the charm close to your heart always!
#15-0150 Armour Etch Cream
#21-1631 Over N Over Irish stencil sheet
#61-3395 Square Frame Charm
#61-3340 Dazzle Tac Glue
#15-0315 Glass cleaner
#08-9415 Masking tape
Green Mardi Gras beads
Green wire or large jump ring
Small green heart rhinestones (3)
Small beget rhinestone (1)
Tiny green round rhinestones (nail art size- 7 pcs)
piece of green ribbon
- Clean the frame charm with glass cleaner
- Apply the horseshoe stencil to the middle of the glass.
- Mask off the entire frame with masking tape, overlapping all edges. Everything should be covered with tape except the area to be etched. Form a barrier of tape where the metal meets the glass so no Etch cream or water will end up inside the frame. Mask off the backside as well.
- Put on gloves. Load the brush with Etch cream. It should be full, but not dripping.
- PAT the cream onto the stencils in a straight up and down motion, using the flat side of the brush. DO NOT BRUSH STROKE like your painting. This will give a streaky finish. Reload the brush as needed until the entire stencil is completely covered in ¼" deep Etch Cream. Wait 5 minutes.
- See the video on Over N Over stencils: click here
- Rinse off all the etch cream until none remain. Pat dry. Remove tape and stencil. Dry any remaining water from glass, clean with glass cleaner.
- Squeeze a tiny amount of glue on a piece of wax paper. Dip the end of the toothpick in the glue and pick up a pinhead size of glue.
- Place three tiny dots of glue down the left side of the horseshoe. Wet the other end of the toothpick with your tongue and pick up a tiny round rhinestone and place on the glue dots. Repeat on other side. Also glue one in the middle of the etched shamrock
- At the bottom right of the horseshoe, place three dots of glue about half the size of the heart rhinestones in a triangle shape. Place a green heart stone on each of the three dots to form a shamrock. Glue in the green begets stone for the stem.
- Allow stones to dry