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02 March 2014 @ 05:42 pm
My Little Ravenstag  
Just in time for the new season of Hannibal, I present to you my most recent pony:

Click me for more (and larger!) pictures, plus a link to a series of work-in-progress photos.
Little Dreamer: Embroidererdandelion_diva on March 3rd, 2014 01:40 am (UTC)
Truly gorgeous.
Name! Job! Bye!: x-files - i want to believejackstylez on March 3rd, 2014 02:59 pm (UTC)
This is incredible!
No True. Such Permit. Very Assassins. Wow.: Lucian Throwbacksnaamah_darling on March 4th, 2014 01:43 am (UTC)
YOU! THAT WAS YOU! I saw this on Tumblr and was mightily amused and impressed!

Beautiful work. Just beautiful. The body remodeling you did is really, really good. This is probably my favorite Sweetheart Sister pony mod I've ever seen. The paint job is beautiful. And this is basically the BEST IDEA.

If I can ask, what did you use for the sculpting? I've been having crappy luck with the epoxy compound I'm using, and was therefore wondering.
A dark storm raging: Estietabbyclaw on March 4th, 2014 08:59 pm (UTC)
Heh, this one's gonna be my fifteen minutes of Internet fame, I think.

In answer to your question (and I am always open to questions!), I use Aves Apoxie Sculpt. I've had very little trouble with it over the years, although it does require some patience and fiddly handling. I'm no kind of expert, but depending on what you're using and what kind of problems you're having I might be able to troubleshoot.
No True. Such Permit. Very Assassins. Wow.naamah_darling on March 4th, 2014 10:01 pm (UTC)
Glarb fiddly frickafrack. I keep hearing good things about Apoxie sculpt. I started hearing them AFTER I bought a pound of Magic-Sculpt (or some clever spelling of same). It's strong as anything in large amounts, so I can sculpt freestanding items that would probably survive the apocalypse, but I have yet to find a way to get it to stay on the goddamn pony in smaller bits.

Like, Darkhorse does those amazing ponies with the sculpted detail. Like these ones, and when I try that, it cures, then either pops off or flat-out breaks.
A dark storm raging: Estietabbyclaw on March 6th, 2014 07:49 am (UTC)
Hmm. I've not heard a lot about Magic Sculpt, nor used it myself, but I have seen a few people talk about using it, and one of them mentioned that it doesn't bond as well as Apoxie. Which doesn't help, but at least you know it's not just you.

I have dealt with pieces popping off on the rare occasions when I use Sculpey, though, and for that I use the cheating solution: Sculpt it on, let it bake/cure, gently squeeze the pony plastic around it until it pops off in one piece, then superglue it back on. Not exactly elegant, but still invisible.
No True. Such Permit. Very Assassins. Wow.naamah_darling on March 6th, 2014 08:04 am (UTC)
Whuff. Thanks! That's actually helpful. I think I can probably find samples of Apoxie on eBay, so I'll give it a try!
A dark storm raging: Estietabbyclaw on March 6th, 2014 10:49 am (UTC)
It looks like eBay has some decently-priced quarter-pound packs, which is definitely enough to start playing around with it and see how you like it. (For reference, the little pink guy here is solid Apoxie Sculpt and weighs about half an ounce.) If you end up liking it and you have Amazon Prime, I recommend buying it there. You can get it directly from Aves, but their shipping charges are murder. And just as a note of personal preference, assuming you're not planning on using the pre-colored apoxie I recommend going with the white (but not Super White, which I haven't used personally but which apparently has a different and more difficult texture) over the natural. I find it a lot easier to see details (and fingerprints!) while I'm working in the white.

Edited at 2014-03-06 10:49 am (UTC)
No True. Such Permit. Very Assassins. Wow.naamah_darling on March 6th, 2014 11:29 am (UTC)
Nice! Thank you! I have a friend who has Amazon Prime, so I'm set up there. The stuff I use is bright white, and marks show up really well on it. Sometimes to my frustration. So thanks for the tip.

I'm going to go look at your customs now, because I can't NOT.