Masonry Nail Reindeer

Updated: Monday, June 30 2014, 01:26 PM EDT
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by Jim Nicolazzo, Dogwood Crafters

Supplies
5x 4d Flat Masonry Nails
1x 6d Flat Masonry Nail
2x 10d Bright Common Nails
1x 16d Bright Common Nail
4x 16d Bright Duplex (double-headed) nails
Red Ribbon
Red & White Paint
Spray Sealant

Instructions
  1. Start by make 2 sets of antlers for your reindeer.  Use 2 of the 4d flat masonry nails and one 10d common nail for each set of antlers. 
  2. Arrange the two masonry nails on opposite sides of the common nail, so that the heads of the nails are along the same arc.  Leave a natural-looking gap between the nails. 
  3. Weld where the two masonry nails meet the shank of the common nail.  You've just made antlers with a long stem.  We'll weld that to the head shortly.
  4. Next, arrange the last 4 d masonry nail and the 6 d nail to make a head and neck.  The 6 d nail makes the neck and the 4d makes the deer's snout.  It looks more natural (if nails can make a natural reindeer), if the heads of the two nails get welded together so that the smaller nail is partway down the bigger nail.  Deer don't have a receding forehead.
  5. Now, the body. The 16d penny common nail is the deer's body -- the point in his tail, while the nail head is where the neck will attach. 
  6. Weld the tips of the two duplex nails to the common nail, one about 1/2" from each other, to make the deer more stable. 
  7. Weld the other two duplex nails to the other side of the body. 
  8. Line them up with the first set of legs and spread them far enough from the first set so the legs will hold up the deer.
  9. Stand the deer on its legs and attach the head/neck piece to the flat head of the deer's body.  Remember, the bigger, 6d, nail is the neck; it gets attached to the body. Because I use a MIG welder, I can hold the head/neck with one hand while I wield the welder with my other hand. If you use a torch, you'll have to clamp the pieces together.
  10. So far, you have a four-legged critter standing on the table.   It could be anything.  Let's turn it into a deer. 
  11. Weld an antler set to each side of the head, at the top of the head/neck. Deer!
  12. Wire Brush welding residue from the deer. Wipe the whole deer with water or alcohol and dry thoroughly.
  13. Pain red boots with a white fur trip. When dry, spray with clear sealant. Tie a red ribbon around his neck.
Tools
MIG Welder or Oxy-acetylene Torch (something to make nails stick together)
Wire Brush
ClampsMasonry Nail Reindeer
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Summer Time Flower Design by Martha Anderson, Master Flower Show Judg Jul 22, 2014
Gourd Bumble Bees Louisa Lunt, Louisa Lunt Arts & Crafts Jul 17, 2014
Decorative Hanging Panel Neal Hearn, MV Craft Shows Jul 15, 2014
Stitched Greeting Card Joan Marsden, Dogwood Crafters Jul 14, 2014
Crochet Ringlet Necklace Diane "Dee" Frazier, Innovative Crafting Jul 10, 2014
Jelly Roll Quilt Sandy Chambers, Rutherford Quilt Guild Jul 08, 2014
Drop Cloth Curtains Sherry Campbell, The Pink House Jul 07, 2014
Embellish Knit Ruth Howe, Heritage Weavers & Fiber Artists Jul 03, 2014
Fruit Basket Christine Williams, MV Craft Shows Jul 01, 2014
Masonry Nail Reindeer Jim Nicolazzo, Dogwood Crafters Jun 30, 2014
Ladybug Gourd Louisa Lunt, Louisa Lunt Arts & Crafts Jun 26, 2014
Children's Sewing Project Brenda Anders, Dogwood Crafters Jun 24, 2014
Glitter Globes Karen Marcus, MV Craft Shows Jun 23, 2014
Polymer Clay Molds by Diane "Dee" Frazier Jun 19, 2014
Natural Potpourri Tina Snow, Momma T’s Soap Co. & MV Craft Shows Jun 17, 2014
Woven Paper Heart Joyce Lantz, Dogwood Crafters Jun 16, 2014
Seasonal Grapevine Tree Ruth Howe, Heritage Weavers & Fiber Artists Jun 12, 2014
Jute Webbing Placemat Sherry Campbell, The Pink House Jun 10, 2014
Christmas Triangle Quilted Ornament Dawn Kucera, WNC Quilters Guild Jun 09, 2014
Bunnies w/Gourds & Wood Louisa Lunt, Louisa Lunt Arts & Crafts Jun 05, 2014
Weaving on a Peg Loom Melissa Orr, Fiber Feel Day Jun 03, 2014
Wind Spinners Joan Marsden, Dogwood Crafters Jun 02, 2014
Paper Bead Necklace Vie Davis, Soulfully Salvaged May 29, 2014
Grapevine PC Buttons by Diane "Dee" Frazier, Innovative Crafting May 27, 2014
Coastal Party Glass Candle Rea Holden, MV Craft Shows May 26, 2014
Fabric YoYo Headband Lisa Whitfield, Asheville History Center at Smith McDowell House May 22, 2014
Duck Tape Feather Earrings Jen Kindsvatter, MV Craft Shows May 20, 2014
Laquering a Paper Bead Vie Davis, Soulfully Salvaged May 19, 2014
Gift Card Envelope by Diane "Dee" Frazier, MV Craft Shows May 15, 2014
Making a Paper Bead Vie Davis, Soulfully Salvaged May 13, 2014
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Mug Rug Sandy Chambers, Rutherford Quilt Guild May 06, 2014
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Easy and Convertable Infinity Scarf by Lisa Whitfield, The Asheville History Center at Smith McDowell House May 01, 2014
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Pave' by Terry Dorlan, Swannanoa Flower Shop Apr 21, 2014
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Slab Built Round Platter Kim Ross, Touch of Ross Pottery Feb 18, 2014
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Diamond Frame Pendant Jacolyn Campbell, Campbell Creations Jan 28, 2014
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Cardboard Owls Paige Childs, Spellbound Children's Bookshop Jan 21, 2014
Mason Jar Magic David Hawkins, Uncle Junebug's General Store Jan 20, 2014
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Jewelry Frame Sherry Campbell, The Pink House Jan 14, 2014
Napkin Holder Elizabeth Westveer, Silver Wings Studios Jan 13, 2014
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