• From A Dead Cow To A Work Of Mosaic Art!

    Shelby Hilliard actually created Mr. Hornsby over a year ago, and I blogged about him at the time; however, the post has been so popular all across social media that I decided to republish in case some of you missed it the first time!


    COW HEAD FROM PASTUREWhen Shelby Hilliard, grad student at Texas Tech University, told me I could show you her latest work of art, I jumped at the chance because it is a perfect example of taking basically nothing and turning in into a great big something by using that old Texas know how!

    Shelby started with the skull of a dead cow, and while no Texan wants to see someone lose any of his lifestock, it does happen, and Shelby capitalized on this fact and used it to create some beautiful gifts for friends and family.

    “My roommates thought I was crazy when I first brought it home.”

    Of course, first on the agenda was to give her newfound project, Mr. Hornsby, a bath.


    When Mr. Hornsby was clean and dry, Shelby used a spray paint to spray the entire skull, minus the horns. She then used hot glue to attach the cross she bought at Hobby Lobby to his forehead once the paint was dry.


    Once the cross was dry and in place, it was time to use polyurethane on the horns. When dry, Shelby began to glue the mosaic tiles (Michael’s) to cover the skull.


    It was a lot of work as you can imagine, but the end result was truly a Texas work of art.


    AND….Mr. Hornsby went on to become a Christmas present and truly a work of love.


    Interested in having a Mr. Hornsby for yourself? You can find Shelby Hilliard on Facebook.

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    6 Responses to From A Dead Cow To A Work Of Mosaic Art!

    1. Braily Stewart says:

      Hello I was just wondering if you could tell me the name of the mosaic tiles you used on the cow skull? I can’t seem to find them anywhere.

      Thank you!

      • Fredda Jones Fredda Jones says:

        Shelby is off, jetting around somewhere, but I did send her a message and ask that she answer your question on the site. Thanks!

      • Shelby Hilliard says:

        Unfortunately I do not remember the exact name but I bought them from Michael’s….it may help if you ask them for Turquoise rocks as these aren’t flat tiles by any means. Hopefully that helps!! Happy crafting!

    2. Bailey Phelps says:

      I was wondering if u could tell me what color of spray paint you used

    3. ddhulen says:

      What adhesive will work for bone.I want to mosiac a cow skull for my son.I use thinset in my mosiac but not sure if that would work.

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