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Pony Mane and Tail Tutorial by Voodoo-Tiki Pony Mane and Tail Tutorial by Voodoo-Tiki

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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. 

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victini1888 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  New member
wheres the pattern for the body?
NightDragon204 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
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.
SpiritofSky Featured By Owner Edited Jul 24, 2014  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.
NightDragon204 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Thank you! This will be a big help for future projects and such!
SpiritofSky Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
Queen-of-Flowers Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Hobbyist 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 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
What did you do for the eyes?
behappy1990 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Wow, thank you this is really useful. (and helpful)
AncientDragoness Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not one for sewing ponies, but damn if this isn't useful.
Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
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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