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My Little Pony Sculpture Tutorial Part 1
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Published: May 29, 2014
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Okay okay, this tutorial was made in MS Paint. Give me a break, I'm awful with computer programs... The information is all you need anyways, right? RIGHT??
I took a bunch of photos with my Rainbow Dash sculpture..
This was originally made for someone awesome and I wasn't going to share it *hoarder* But the DA community has helped me so much by posting their tutorials, so it's high time I gave back.
If you have any questions along the way I'd be happy to help.
If you use my tutorial, please link me with the resulting piece because A. Credit is always appreciated and B. Let me see what you made!
Thanks Everypony!

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AromaLadyNova|Hobbyist General Artist
I love this tutorial. I feel these techniques would be helpful not only for sculpting ponies but any kind of figurine-type pieces.

Can I ask where you get the steel wire/what brand that is? For some reason I can't find it at my local craft stores. I see a lot of copper and aluminum wire in the jewelry sections but there's nothing in the clay areas.
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Reyndrys|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
Instead of getting my craft wire at a craft store, I get it at the hardware store. It comes in greater quantities, and it's WAY cheaper. Craft stores always overcharge. Also, avoid aluminum wire at all costs. I had some once because it was even cheaper than the others, but aluminum tends to break, which was a surprise. 
I use galvanized Steel Wire. It usually comes in a 75ft pack. On this Rainbow Dash, I used 20 gauge (.88mm) I think it's made by AnchorWire (18, 20, 22, and 24 are all pretty decent gauges. But 20 and 22 are the easiest to work with in my opinion)
Hope that helps! If you have any other questions feel free to message me anytime :)
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AromaLadyNova|Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks so much for the detailed response! I will definitely be putting this information to good use :)
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Petalierre|Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do I wrap the tape around he joints? They keep slipping away as I tape them.
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Reyndrys|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sometimes mine do that too. I just add a dab of glue over the tape (get some glue on the wire too) then cover the glue with another piece of tape. Let it dry and then it shouldn't slide around.
Hope that helps! :)
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Petalierre|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Seems legit, but how in which way do you wrap it without having the joints being pushed around in the process.
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Reyndrys|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I suppose I usually wrap it around in a sort of "x" pattern. It always moves a little bit (Which is annoying) I've started adding milliput over the taped spots, when it hardens, I can sculpt around it no problem. (Sorry for my delayed response!!)
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RainbowlightCHEESE|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
If you are making an alicorn, would you have to put wire for the horn because it's longer?
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Reyndrys|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I build the head first and while the clay is still wet, wedge a piece of wire in where you would like the horn to be. Then bake it with the wire sticking out and then sculpt the horn over the wire. I usually make the horn separate then gently slide it on and bake again. Hope that helps!
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RainbowlightCHEESE|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ok, I'll do that! And thanks!
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Starkdust| Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for this tutorial! It's very useful for beginners like me.Llama Emoji-03 (Sparkles) [V1]  And here's what I made: starkdust.deviantart.com/art/M…
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Reyndrys|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Nice work! I'm super excited that my tutorial could help you! I hope you continue making pony sculptures as you already seem to have a knack for it. Plus I love Maud Pie :D You got her colors spot on and you got her size right (Usually one of the harder aspects of sculpting show-accurate stuff)
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thank you, this was super helpful. and this is my sculpture 95n.deviantart.com/art/MLP-Tri…
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Reyndrys|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh! I'm so glad you posted this :D this is excellent! I am really happy that my tutorial could help with this. I was thinking of making another tutorial with my updated methods. Your Trixie is GORGEOUS. You should be proud!
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directorstark|Hobbyist General Artist
thanks, Here's my first! what do you think? directorstark.deviantart.com/a…
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Reyndrys|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow! Looks great! How long did it take you? You should be proud of yourself :D that's awesome!
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NaiLyn|Student Digital Artist
How many times can you bake the figure? I started with super sculpey and super sculpey firm mix, and I'm super excited haha your tutorials are amazing! (sorry bad english)
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Reyndrys|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
You can bake a piece as many times as you want! Just let it cool off completely between baking :3
Your English is fine, no worries.
I'd love to see what you sculpt!
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NaiLyn|Student Digital Artist
thank you for the answer!! I will! :D 
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Celestial-Rainstorm|Hobbyist General Artist
Used! Probably the best MLP sculpting tutorial I've come across. I'm going to use it again today, if you don't mind! 


The sculpt: celestial-rainstorm.deviantart…
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Wait0wat's avatar
My question was asked in the form of thought....you a psychic?
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Myranii|Hobbyist General Artist
Where did you get that blending tool? I have quite a few tools for sculpting but that looks particularly useful for smoothing out cut in areas like eyes.
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Reyndrys|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I got it at Michaels Craft Store, it's made by Sculpey and is called a 5 in 1 tool. The heads are magnetic and interchangeable. Honestly I never use the other heads. The blender is rubber, and I recommend giving the tip a good workout before its maiden voyage because it is a little stiff at first. I simply cannot do without this tool.
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