Off with her head! Use hot water to soften the
glue around the neck & try twisting it off. Carefully slice
around the rim with an X-acto knife.
2. Removing hair
To remove the hair, cut it close to the scalp &
pull out with pliers from the inside out.
3. Clean your pony
Don't neglect this vital first step! Paint
won't stick well to a manky pony.
4. Removing symbols
Symbols are easily removed with nail polish remover & a cotton ball. Use plenty
of nail polish remover so the paint won't smudge. Be careful around the eye area.
I usually rinse the pony again in water after this step.
Sometimes, the symbols color will seep into the pony's body.
Especially pink. Keep this in mind when designing your custom.
These ponies will need full repaints or a large symbol to cover up the
area. Some people use oxy cream to bleach out the area, DO NOT
DO THIS!! The new symbol painted over it will fade in a few months.
5. Base coat painting
It's very important to paint a base coat if you want the pony's color to
look even. Use light strokes with a high-quality brush. I prefer sable hair brushes,
which are more expensive, but softer. Lots of very thin layers are
needed for a smooth finish.
|6. Acrylic coat painting
This is one of the hardest parts! Be sure to thin
your paint with water before
using. Don't over do it, though! If the paint is too thin, it won't stick. Mix
well & apply in thin coats with a sable hair brush. Use a fine tipped brush to go around the eye area.
- Most people use small bottles of
acrylic paints available at any art or craft store. They range
in price from less than $1 to over $70 per bottle. The more
expensive paint contains more pigment & is more durable.
- Be sure to mix enough of your desired
color to cover the entire pony before starting to paint.
- Acrylics dry quickly, so they need to
be mixed with water or extender.
- Don't let the paint dry on
your brush - it will be ruined! Clean them quickly with warm water
& mild soap (not detergent), then dry upright.
- Spray paint and nail polish are NOT
recommended. These paints are not designed to be
permanent. Don't say I didn't warn you when large pieces flake
off after a few months...
This step is the most time consuming! It's usually the customizers
most dreaded step. There are many guides to re-rooting. I
use a thin wire loop & stick it through the hole. Then, I pull a length of hair
(with a knot in the middle) from the inside out...one of these days I might include
re-rooting instructions here.
- Real MLP tails with the metal clip
removed - Bear in mind hair colors may change with time/light
- Synthetic hair - it's close, but not
identical, to the texture of real MLP hair.
- Yaki or Jumbo Braid is coarse
synthetic hair, available at local beauty supply stores or Dr. Locks
online. The cheapest option at around $4 for a large
packet. It needs to be straightened VERY carefully with a
curling iron set on LOW, after getting the hair damp. After
prepping, it actually looks a lot like MLP hair on display. Be
careful, it's designed to melt & fuse together with heat!
- Silky Kanekalon is finer than real
MLP hair. Also available at the same locations, but a little
more expensive. It doesn't need straightening, but doesn't take
curls well. It's stiff. Also fragile & can be
difficult to handle.
- Saran hair - haven't tried this stuff
personally, but I've heard it's great. Very expensive &
limited selection of colors.
- Tinsel - available in little rolls at
fabric stores under specialty threads. Very expensive &
difficult to re-root.
& Eye Painting
The most difficult part is in painting the eyes. This will determine if your pony
looks "real" or not! I leave the original eyes there & just go over
them with a fine brush. Start with the white parts, then add the colored part, then
paint in the dark colored details. Lastly, add the white dot of reflection in the corner of the eye.
Detailed symbols require a lot of patience. I painted this one
freehand. You could sketch in pencil & paint over that.
This custom has a glittery symbol, so I coated her with a layer
of matte finish sealant. (note: I currently use a technique that doesn't
- Pay attention to your pony's eye
color. Some ponies have black lashes, others have dark brown
- Use small, soft sable hair
brushes. Yes, they can be expensive, but it's the only way to
get good detail without ripping your own hair out.
- Remember to care for your brushes!
to Custom Tips & Tutorials Page
Disclaimer: My Little PonyŠ is a copyright of Hasbro, Inc. aikarin.com is a fan-made site which is NOT affiliated with, nor authorized, endorsed or licensed in any way by Hasbro, its affiliates or subsidiaries.