of the most tedious things to a customizer must be deflocking. In my
opinion, it's ALMOST always worth it to pay more for a non-so-soft pony
than it is to deflock. My first de-flocking job took about 3
hours. And it didn't even look totally hairless. >_<
So, why a deflocking
tutorial? Well, it's the only feasible way to get a rearing pose
custom, such as my very own Starfall, the site's mascot. Hasbro did
make non-so-soft rearing pose ponies, but they are exceedingly rare.
We're talking $200+ per pony rare. No customizer in his or her right
mind would tamper with one of these.
The instructions below are
for de-flocking ponies for customizing. Not to make a non-so-soft
(NSS) version of the same pony. That takes an extremely long time,
since you have to be careful not to damage the original symbols & the
Acetone is very dangerous. It is flammable & dangerous to your
health. This tutorial is provided at YOUR OWN RISK. This
tutorial is most definitely NOT for children. The author of this
tutorial takes no responsibility for damages or personal injury. Be sure to take the
proper precautions. Remember: Safety First!
bait pony - most likely, it's a rearing pose pony, like SS Truly,
Magic Star, or Skippity Doo.
X-acto knife - for removing the pony's head and amputation.
Scissors - for
snipping the mane off.
100% Acetone - for removing the flocking. You will need
enough to fill the container.
Needle-nose pliers - every customizer should have some on hand. For
removing the tail and mane.
Old ratty toothbrush - for scrubbing the flocking off.
Glass bowl - for
soaking the pony. Do NOT use a plastic bowl, because acetone may
Plastic wrap - for
covering the bowl.
Cotton balls &
cotton swabs - for final touches & removing symbols/eyes.
Latex gloves -
essential for handling the acetone-dipped pony.
Soap, water, and sponge -
for the final clean-up
NIOSH mask -
optional - I can't stress this enough, but acetone is hazardous when
inhaled. Even with a NIOSH mask, you must still work outside.
Goggles - optional -
acetone fumes are an eye irritant. You should remove your contact
lenses before starting. Wear goggles if your eyes are sensitive.
optional NIOSH mask
(Yes, this is mine ^_^ I got it at Home Depot)
around the rim of her neck approximately 1/4" deep with an X-acto knife.
Don't cut straight through...otherwise it'll be hard to reassemble her!
Look closely at the neck seam & try to preserve the original
structures. Use the needle-nosed pliers to remove the tail.
Mane Removal (optional)
Use the scissors to cut the mane at the base. Use the needle-nose
pliers to remove the mane from the inside of the head.
You can also leave the mane in, but the acetone will make the hair
rough. For most customs, I recommend just removing it &
Go Outside to a Well Ventilated Area
I'm VERY serious about this. Acetone is harmful if inhaled in large
quantities. It is a SOLVENT, which means it MELTS things. Like
skin/lungs/brain/eyes. You need to be in a WELL VENTILATED
area. Which means - go outside. You can also don your NIOSH
approved mask and goggles if you want to be extra careful. Even with
a NIOSH mask, you need to be outside!
Also, make sure there are no open flames nearby. Acetone is
extremely flammable. So, smoking and barbecues are a no-no.
Place the pony's body and head into the bowl. Wear your
gloves & pour the acetone onto the pony. The pony should be
completely submersed. Cover securely with a piece of plastic
wrap. Let the pony soak for about 5-8 minutes. Leave the bowl
outside. You can go inside & relax or something. ^_^
Put your gloves & (optional) mask & goggles back on. Grab
your ratty toothbrush. You're still OUTSIDE, right? Uncover
the bowl & scrub the pony while she is still in the acetone. You
might need to add fresh acetone if the level is too low. You might
notice that the pony is completely floppy! This is okay...she will
go back to normal in a few days.
I usually pour the nasty acetone into another container. Then, I add
some fresh acetone to the glass bowl & scrub the pony again with the
cotton balls/cotton swabs.
This is also when I use the cotton balls to remove the symbols, and/or the
eyes. I usually try to leave most of the eyes intact & use the
cotton swabs to remove the fuzz around the eyelashes.
The hardest areas to get completely hairless are where the legs meet the
body & around the ears/muzzle. Concentrate in those
The pony has to be 100% hairless. If she is not, every last bit of
hair will stand out like a sore thumb when she is re-painted.
When you're happy that the pony is 100% hairless, give the pony a bath in
some (non-lotion) soap & water. I recommend using dish soap or
something like that, which does not have moisturizers in it.
This might affect the painting process.
For the acetone, you can bottle it & leave it for the hazardous waste
pickup. Remember to be careful when handling it, because it is
flammable. Seems like a waste of acetone, but you cannot re-use it,
because it has melted glue in it.
If you used this tutorial, I'd appreciate a link back to this page.
Who knows, you might inspire me to write another tutorial =)