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!
When 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.