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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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EtsyHacks how I love thee

April 4, 2009

In case you haven’t heard of it yet Etsyhacks is an absolutely brilliant website that lets you install scripts to make your etsy life just that little bit easier. In their words:

Etsy’s development team are working hard to bring out new features for the site, but there’s only so much they can do. They’re going to focus on features that bring the most benefit to the most users. These scripts are provided as examples of things that can be done without needing Etsy to change anything, but which (hopefully) make the user experience better and more efficient. Less time spent administering your Etsy business, more time spent making things.

I love how kind they are to Etsy here, I remember thinking when I first heard of Etsyhacks that it was a shame there was a need for 3rd party, unpaid programmers to bring us the little changes that we keep on asking for. Anyway – back to shouting the praises of Etsyhacks!

It currently works in Firefox although there are plans to make them available for other browsers. Here’s a sample of some of the delights Etsyhacks can bring you:

fast tagger

Add all your listing’s tags at once.

bulk image uploader

Upload up to five images at once when editing a listing.

copy listing

Quickly create a new listing based on an existing one.

printable receipt enhancer

Apply IDs and class names to elements on the printable receipt page, so that you can use stylesheets to change the appearance of the page. Change the font size, hide sections, change colours, add a logo

For the full list click here.  They run this for free but I’m sure any donations would be most appreciated.