Posts Tagged ‘tutorial’

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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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How to get your etsy mini on wordpress

February 1, 2009

kind of….

I love wordpress but it’s lack of code can be a tad frustrating.  For instance it can’t / won’t support the etsy mini. Yeah I could insert any image but I like the look of the mini and it saves me the hassle of getting together images, cropping, pasting and then repeating all that again when I fancy a change.

So here’s how to do it – kind of. This is more a way to insert a hyper linked image but it works and it’ll be pretty easy to change it every now and again.

Get a screenshot of your etsy mini and upload it to a photo hosting site. Add the TEXT widget to your blog and insert the following code, replacing the text in caps with the relevant info. It might also be an idea to add some words after the alt tag. These tags are picked up by search engines so you might as well seize the chance to improve your rankings while you’re at it 🙂

<a href=”SHOP LINK HERE” title=”SHOP NAME – THIS WILL APPEAR WHEN YOU HOVER OVER IMAGE”><img src=”IMAGE LINK HERE” width=”INSERT WIDTH IMAGE” height=”INSERT HEIGHT IMAGE” alt=”etsymini” /></a>

If you have any questions jut leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

etsy mini

etsy mini