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Medusa custom my little pony

April 15, 2009

So I was digging around my half finished stuff the other night and came across a head I’d rooted with wire.

The making of medusa pony

The making of a custom my little pony

I was a little perplexed for a minute until I rememered Medusa my little pony! A fair amount of clay and paint later and here we have her!

Medusa Custom my little pony $55

Medusa Custom my little pony $55

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In progress

April 12, 2009

Just a quick post with an update of some ponies I’m currently working on. Below we have (from top left) Ayla from Clan of the Cave Bear, The Hulk, weird eye thingy and Tank Girl.

Clan of the cave bear, The hulk, weird eyes, Tank Girl

Clan of the cave bear, The hulk, weird eyes, Tank Girl

I have some orangey hair coming soon and then I’m starting on bat girl, one of the few super-girls who wasn’t completely annoying.  How come the baddies were always so much cooler?

Bat girl

Bat girl

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How to re-root my little pony

April 10, 2009

Here’s a simple, step by step tutorial showing you how to re-root a my little pony. You could also use the same technique for any doll that can be re-rooted (blythe, some barbie, fashion doll).  If you have any question feel free to email me or leave a comment!

What you will need:

  • scissors
  • needle nose pliers
  • acetone (not always needed)
  • doll hair!
  • doll needle / embroidery needle
  • time & patience

The first thing you need to do is get rid of the original hair. Cut it down as close as possible and use needle nose pliers to pull the hair out from the inside. Sometimes the glue is a little thick – acetone works well to shift it or you can soak it in hot water if you want something a little less harsh. When using acetone please please please remember to use gloves – 100% acetone can cause liver damage when absorbed through the skin (in large quantities but better safe than sick).

For information on the best way to remove a ponys head check out my previous tutorial here.


First take a strand of the doll hair and make a knot in the middle. It shouldn’t be too wide or too narrow – trial and error is the way to go on this one until you figure out how you like it best. The strand will be doubled over so make sure it’s not too small length wise either. You can always trim it but you can’t add to it once it’s on!

First take a strand of the doll hair and make a knot in the middle. It shouldn't be too wide or too narrow - trial and error is the way to go on this one until you figure out how you like it best. The strand will be doubled over so make sure it's not too small length wise either. You can always trim it but you can't add to it once it's on!

Lonely little hair strand

Next simply double it over to thread onto the needle. Pinch it tightly to thread on – you want to thread all the strands through the eye.

Next simply double it over to thread onto the needle.

Must let fingernails grow...

Once it’s threaded onto the needle pull the knot away from the needle eye – this will make it easier to pull out once it’s in place on the pony’s head.

Once it's threaded onto the needle pull the knot away from the needle eye - this will make it easier to pull out once it's in place on the pony's head.

I can thread a needle me

Once you’ve got the needle a little way in use a steady base like a desk or a hardback book. Push down on the end of the needle – trust me it’s much much easier this way!

Once you've got the needle a little way in use a steady base like a desk or a hardback book. Push down on the end of the needle - trust me it's much much easier this way!

Save your fingers, use a desk

Push down as far as you can and then pull out from the other side. Don’t be too enthusiastic with the pulling – you want to keep the knot on the inside. Sometimes you may have to use pliers to get the needle out but it tends to just slide out most of the time.

Push down as far as you can and then pull out from the other side. Don't be too enthusiastic with the pulling - you want to keep the knot on the inside. Sometimes you may have to use pliers to get the needle out but it tends to just slide out most of the time.

Don't use a needle that's too large or you'll rip the holes

Yay! One strand in, about a hundred or so to go! Work your way from the front of the head down the neck. It’s also easier to see where the needle should go if you have a lamp in front of you.

Yay! One strand in, about a hundred or so to go!

If you're adding clay to the head re-root after it's baked/dry.

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Off with its head!

April 8, 2009

This is just a quick tutorial with some handy tips about beheading that cute little pony. In my experience generation 1 ponies are a lot harder to chop up than generation 3. Can’t comment on gen 2 as I haven’t used them yet – the big eyed quasi kawaii/alien thing is starting to wear me down a bit though. Gen 1 ponies are made from a harder plastic and in general they were a lot more liberal with the glue. You can always use some 100% acetone to soak some of it away if the cutting is getting tough. (always wear gloves when using acetone, liver damage is not fun).

First things first – give it a little twist. You can be pretty brutal with ponies – they’re very hardy 🙂  It shouldn’t budge but you never know, could always get lucky.

Next give it a good soaking in hot water – you can leave it as long as you like but I normally just run it under for as long as I can stand.

Next is the fun part! Get your crafting blade. It has to be very sharp and you really want a good quality blade – I use x-acto and swear by them but I’ve still managed to snap the odd blade. It doesn’t really need to be said when handling a knife but be careful! Always cut away from yourself and cut slowly – if it slips you have more chance of keeping control of it that way.

Always follow the original neck line of your pony. It makes it easier to reattach and will look much better than just slicing through.

And there you go – a cute but headless pony ready for a re-root.

Here's one I made earlier

Here's one I made earlier

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Boba Fett Custom my little pony

April 4, 2009
boba fett custom my little pony

boba fett custom my little pony

I had a custom request about a week ago on etsy for a Boba Fett pony for a husband’s birthday. Here’s what I came up with! I’m a huge star wars fan so this was really fun for me. I tried to keep him authentic whilst still being a pony version. I really enjoyed doing the custom request so here’s hoping I get more.

It has, however, moved all my custom star wars pony wants up the list so be on the look out for a chewbacca and darth vader soon!* A stormtrooper will be along even quicker as he’s almost done, just have to finish off the last of the painting.

* erm by ‘soon’ i probably mean a month or two, lol.

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The Grim Reaper MLP – Making of

February 17, 2009

This was my second my little pony customisation. I decided to do the grim reaper, but not just your generic one – this is the my little pony grim reaper. He’s cute, colourful and just a little sassy. He also enjoys a hot cup of coffee in the morning and horse rides on the beach….. possibly.  This is just a general ‘making of’. If you have any specific questions feel free to give me a shout or post a comment 🙂

I’m going to be posting re-rooting, tail and various other tutorials soon!

Keeping the hair out of the way with plait bands. Started the undercoat - work in small areas. You get a much more even tone that way rather than just sloshing paint about.

Keeping the hair out of the way with plait bands. Started the undercoat - work in small areas. You get a much more even tone that way rather than just sloshing paint about.I use system 3 acrylics. Get a good consistency - it should be slightly watery.

Use a tiny brush for details like the curves. It normally takes quite a few coats to get a good even coverage. Wait for it to dry in between layers.

Use a tiny brush for details like the curves. It normally takes quite a few coats to get a good even coverage. Wait for it to dry in between layers.

Yay! Pony fully painted. The hair here looks awesome, I'm going to get the windswept look going on another one at some point.

Yay! Pony fully painted. The hair here looks awesome, I'm going to get the windswept look going on another one at some point. Again use a tiny brush for painting the edges, a larger one works better to even everything out. It also looks a bit like a mexican wrestler here...

I made the reaper man up in sections and smoothed them on to each other. I then carefully sat him on the horse, arranged and smoothed him down some more. To get the cape to look a bit windswept I added wire on the sides.

I made the reaper man up in sections and smoothed them on to each other. I then carefully sat him on the horse, arranged and smoothed him down some more. To get the cape to look a bit windswept I added wire on the sides.

after painting the reaper man and finally sealing the whole thing I'm done! The reaper man's eyes have tiny blue dots (terry pratchett thing)

After painting the reaper man and finally sealing the whole thing I'm done! The reaper man's eyes have tiny blue dots (terry pratchett thing). I washed the pony's hair with a dab of conditioner after sealing just in case it messed the paint up.

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Zombie MLP – the making of

February 17, 2009

I’ve recently gotten in to customising my little ponies. Why? Well it’s pretty cheap (compared to many craft hobbies), tons of fun and just…cute. It is however very time consuming!  Being obsessed with zombies I just had to give a zombie pony a go and here’s the result and the various stages the poor abused pony went through.

First we cut out its eye and give it a stump leg. Use a sharp knife, cut away from fingers!

First we cut out its eye and give it a stump leg. Use a sharp knife, cut away from fingers!

Then we give it a nice white base coat and fill in the main colours. Use acetone to remove symbols and eye paint. I used fimo for the rib cage, eye and eye socket.

Then we give it a nice white base coat and fill in the main colours. Use acetone to remove symbols and eye paint. I used fimo for the rib cage, eye and eye socket.

More painting to fill in the details. I cut into the mouth to give it the creepiness factor. Glue for the mohawk and lots of patience.

More painting to fill in the details. I cut into the mouth to give it the creepiness factor. Glue for the mohawk and lots of patience.

More painting to give it a greenish tint and shading and ta dah!! One custom zombie my little pony.

More painting to give it a greenish tint and shading and ta dah!! One custom zombie my little pony.Your younger sibling/niece/child may or may not be amused by this.