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Pony Mane and Tail Tutorial

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Here it is, at last - a 14 page book with instructions on designing your own patterns for soft sculpture pony manes and tails! This is the question I'm asked about most when it comes to pattern-making, so hopefully this will help beginners out quite a bit. It covers the basic shapes and techniques you'll need to recreate most mane shapes and includes a photo walkthrough guide to pattern draping. 

Enjoy!
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ItsZombiehand's avatar
ItsZombiehandHobbyist General Artist
would derpy's mane be layered?
TimelyTheAlchemist's avatar
TimelyTheAlchemistHobbyist Digital Artist
I'd think so...
But it depends. You could use seems on your machine to makes likes too. 
OMNICRON8000's avatar
OMNICRON8000 General Artist
Thorough and clear.  Excellent
Noxissa's avatar
Noxissa Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for this, it is brilliant! :)
TomboyFlower's avatar
TomboyFlowerHobbyist Digital Artist
Is there any rainbow dash like mane patterns?
xCharminglyCrimsonx's avatar
xCharminglyCrimsonxHobbyist Digital Artist
Do you have a tutorial on how to make the horns/wings? ;-;
If you don't could you give me some pointers for it?
xCharminglyCrimsonx's avatar
xCharminglyCrimsonxHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks C:
galaxygroove's avatar
galaxygrooveHobbyist Artisan Crafter
How do you anchor wiring that's in the tail into the body? 
victini1888's avatar
victini1888Hobbyist Digital Artist
wheres the pattern for the body?
NightDragon204's avatar
NightDragon204Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so helpful! I've always struggled with the mane and tail, them usually being the parts I spend the most time on or stress over the most, only for it to fall apart in the end. I only can use house hold materials for my plushes, seeing that as a fourteen year old I can not obtain money or a car to get the supplies needed. If I needed to weight the tail, (Which I usually need to do since they are always top heavy) And I didn't have a way to obtain the beans, how could I weight the tail?
Anyways, besides that I don't have any questions. This tutorial was so helpful.
Neonwolf-of-the-sky's avatar
Neonwolf-of-the-skyHobbyist General Artist
I found putting washed pebbles into the hooves/paws/hands of my plush projects helps to make the hooves/paws/whatever slightly heavier
SpiritofSky's avatar
SpiritofSkyHobbyist General Artist
This may sound a bit weird, but personally I use unpopped popcorn kernels instead of the plastic beans. If that fails I tend to use two pence pieces, (Not sure where you're from but you can use any type of coin, I just use 2ps because they fit perfectly in the bottom of the hoof.) or small, rounded or flat rocks, just make sure to wash them. Anyway, I hope I was helpful and if not, that you find out a way.
kittyshroom's avatar
kittyshroomHobbyist General Artist
I am so tempted to commission you and microwave the finished result.
SpiritofSky's avatar
SpiritofSkyHobbyist General Artist
hahah oh god.
if only i did commisions

please someone make something with popcorn kernels and microwave it
NightDragon204's avatar
NightDragon204Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! This will be a big help for future projects and such!
SpiritofSky's avatar
SpiritofSkyHobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Queen-of-FlowersStudent General Artist
This is a wonderful, helpful tutorial, but I'm still confused about something... How do you sew a princess mane, with lots of waves in it? Every time I try one, I end up with weird, blocky turns, not nice, smooth waves.
Haru2001's avatar
Haru2001Student Traditional Artist
What did you do for the eyes?
behappy1990's avatar
Wow, thank you this is really useful. (and helpful)
AncientDragoness's avatar
AncientDragonessHobbyist General Artist
I'm not one for sewing ponies, but damn if this isn't useful.
Voodoo-Tiki's avatar
The basic principles can be used for a lot of things, I just happen to get asked about manes a lot :)
AncientDragoness's avatar
AncientDragonessHobbyist General Artist
Point. :)
ClaudusAles's avatar
ClaudusAlesStudent Traditional Artist
This helps so much!
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