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Customs and more customs! [Jan. 16th, 2006|10:02 pm]
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I'd like to thank everyone who replied to the last post. Your input is always appreciated! ^_^
A lot of people thought certain colors looked "off". I should have added a description to each picture. Colors will look differently depending on your monitor settings. The red color looks like a brick red, leaning toward cinnamon, on my computer.
The designer settled on the wintery blue/white/blue pattern, which also works well with her symbols!

The Borg Pony is finally complete. I think I'll name her "Six of Seven", since her hoof number is "67". ^_^ I might have some time to work on her page tomorrow evening. Quite a few people visited my home this weekend & I got totally distracted!
Mystic Floral's eyes were re-painted and the black areas of her symbol are mostly finished. I'll be adding the white detailing next. I might also try adding another layer of green to her eyes - the color is a tad dark (leaning toward olive) compared with the medium blue swirl. She still smells strongly of flowers, even though I gave her a bath.
Snowed In's symbol was sculpted this afternoon. I'll be painting it next. I'm thinking about making the snowman's scarf blue, to fit in with the blue color scheme. Her hair will be dyed in a blue/white/blue gradient. ^_^

[User Picture]From: lunar_wolf
2006-01-17 11:29 am (UTC)
Borg pony = teh_awesome.

That cup on Snowed In looks lovely! *itches to feel up the pony* I'm glad you finally have a concrete plan with the hair.
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2006-01-18 06:55 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm surprised at how neat the mug looks...mmmmm...I love hot chocolate! ^_^
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2006-01-18 06:56 am (UTC)
Thanks for the comments! Wait until you see the rest of Six of Seven's pictures. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: yodallama
2006-01-17 03:58 pm (UTC)
They all look great! I'm excited to see some of the bigger pictures of Six of Seven!
On your 3d symbols..do you bake them first, then glue them to the pony? I've always been a bit confused how people do that...either way, the mug looks excellent! I'd like to just...snag it and take a sip, lol.

Also...how do you get the blue/white/blue gradient on her hair since it's already rooted? That seems really difficult...you don't have to give away any of your trade secrets or anything, just a general idea how that works to cure my curiosity? Lol ^_^
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From: wogs
2006-01-17 05:28 pm (UTC)
I hear Apoxie Sculpt is great for 3D symbols.

Apparently you mix it together and it gets sticky, then you work with it while applying water. Of course, this is just what I've read. I have yet to try the stuff myself.
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[User Picture]From: yodallama
2006-01-17 05:30 pm (UTC)
Oh I've never heard of that before, I've only ever heard of people using sculpy, that sounds good though. Thanks!
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From: wogs
2006-01-17 10:12 pm (UTC)
Check out her site:

She uses apoxie sculpt on her customs. :)
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2006-01-18 07:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for the comments. ^_^
I've used polymer clay for unicorn horns, etc...I usually take the magnet & cover out of the pony (otherwise it'll melt), sculpt directly on the pony, then bake the whole thing. Baking causes the polymer clay to shrink just a little bit.
This pony has a "two-part polymer" symbol - something similar to what wogs suggested. It can be a little tricky to work with, since it's sticky when first mixed and the consistency changes as it hardens (which can be very quick, depending on the temperature!). It takes a LOT of practice & a steady hand to get results like Woosie's creations! ^_^
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2006-01-18 07:42 am (UTC)
Ah, I forgot to answer the second part of your question. One of the best ways is just to brush the concentrated dyes in a striped pattern on the pony's hair.
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[User Picture]From: pinkstarshower
2006-01-17 04:43 pm (UTC)
Your ponies are always so beautiful! Keep up the great work Aikarin! :)
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2006-01-18 07:06 am (UTC)
Thank you for the comment! ^_^
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From: wogs
2006-01-17 05:29 pm (UTC)
The Borg Pony is incredible!! *applauds you*

And I love how Snowed In is coming along! ^___^
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2006-01-18 07:07 am (UTC)
Thanks! I'm very proud of this Borg Pony, since the circuitry is completely integrated...the switch replaces the magnet under her hoof. Also, glad to hear you're happy with Snowed In's progress! ^_^
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[User Picture]From: sailorangei
2006-01-18 02:49 am (UTC)
Hello! I'm sorry to bother you, but I was wondering if you can help me put a tail together. You have acess to many hair colors, and I need a Tic-tac-toe tail. I'd pay of course.

It's made of Magic Star Green
Gusty Green
Merry Treats red
and what SEEMS to be Blossom purple but I'm in a dim room with a questionable comp screen. Do you think you can help?

By the way, your link to Customtopia was dead last I checked. This is what the URL is now: http://www.mlpfair.com/customtopia/
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From: (Anonymous)
2006-01-18 05:01 am (UTC)

Borg Pony

Wow, I absolutely adore your borg/dark/gothic ponies, they're fabulous!
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2006-01-18 07:25 am (UTC)
Hmmmm...does it have to be exclusively G1 hair? Some of the hair I have looks like G3 hair and some of it needs to be cleaned/prepped. Send me an e-mail and we can discuss this further. I have a Tic-Tac-Toe for comparison, however, some colors are known to fade or change with time!

Also, thanks for telling me about the dead link - I just fixed it. ^_^
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[User Picture]From: aelindil
2006-01-19 04:22 am (UTC)
Ah! Borg Pony! I love these things so much, not the least of which because I can share ponylove with non-pony people! Question: how do you get your re-paints to look so plasticky? I've repainted a Savannah Sage custom with green acrylic paint, and she looks very matte and not much like plastic at all.
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[User Picture]From: aikarin
2006-01-20 08:54 am (UTC)
Thanks for the comment! ^_^

Do you mean the Borg Ponies specifically? I use a custom blended paint that is a little "rubbery" in texture. Then, they're given several top coats of gloss varnish.

For the other full-body repaints, I strive for a gentle matte finish. I think it's the super bright lighting I use for the photos that makes them look shinier than they actually are.
Some paint colors tend to be "flatter", such as the greens.

You could try coating the pony with a semi-gloss or matte varnish to give her a little more shine. I'd probably try the matte first...most matte varnishes aren't that flat! The semi-gloss may be too shiny. Also keep in mind that varnishing usually darkens/saturates the colors just a little bit. You might want to test out a sample on a plastic carton or scrap plastic before using it on your custom. Good luck!
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