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Pony Mane and Tail Tutorial
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Published: December 26, 2013
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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
ItsZombiehand|Hobbyist General Artist
would derpy's mane be layered?
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TimelyTheAlchemist's avatar
TimelyTheAlchemist|Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd think so...
But it depends. You could use seems on your machine to makes likes too. 
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OMNICRON8000's avatar
OMNICRON8000| General Artist
Thorough and clear.  Excellent
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Noxissa's avatar
Noxissa| Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much for this, it is brilliant! :)
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TomboyFlower's avatar
TomboyFlower|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is there any rainbow dash like mane patterns?
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xCharminglyCrimsonx|Hobbyist 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?
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xCharminglyCrimsonx|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks C:
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galaxygroove|Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How do you anchor wiring that's in the tail into the body? 
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victini1888's avatar
victini1888|Hobbyist Digital Artist
wheres the pattern for the body?
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NightDragon204's avatar
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.
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Neonwolf-of-the-sky|Hobbyist 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
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SpiritofSkyEdited |Hobbyist 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.
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kittyshroom|Hobbyist General Artist
I am so tempted to commission you and microwave the finished result.
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SpiritofSky's avatar
SpiritofSky|Hobbyist General Artist
hahah oh god.
if only i did commisions

please someone make something with popcorn kernels and microwave it
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NightDragon204's avatar
Thank you! This will be a big help for future projects and such!
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SpiritofSky|Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Queen-of-Flowers|Student 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.
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Haru2001's avatar
Haru2001|Student Traditional Artist
What did you do for the eyes?
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behappy1990's avatar
Wow, thank you this is really useful. (and helpful)
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AncientDragoness's avatar
AncientDragoness|Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not one for sewing ponies, but damn if this isn't useful.
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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 :)
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AncientDragoness|Hobbyist General Artist
Point. :)
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ClaudusAles's avatar
ClaudusAles|Student Traditional Artist
This helps so much!
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