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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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galaxygroove Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How do you anchor wiring that's in the tail into the body? 
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victini1888 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2014
wheres the pattern for the body?
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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.
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Neonwolf-of-the-sky Featured By Owner May 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital 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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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.
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NightDragon204 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
Thank you! This will be a big help for future projects and such!
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SpiritofSky Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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Queen-of-Flowers Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  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 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
What did you do for the eyes?
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behappy1990 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014
Wow, thank you this is really useful. (and helpful)
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AncientDragoness Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not one for sewing ponies, but damn if this isn't useful.
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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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AncientDragoness Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Point. :)
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ClaudusAles Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This helps so much!
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Meline134 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
So you would make Rarity's mane curl using nothing but darts?
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Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2014
Darts and stitching, yes. You can wire it, but I prefer a plush that doesn't have wires. 
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Meline134 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
It sounds like a lot of work and frustration without wire haha. 
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RighteousBabet Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
thanks for this tutorial! it will really help me fine tune my hair patterns.
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Shinishitbox Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014
Out of curiosity, is the pony you used as an example (that you shared using the examples) coming from the pony patterns you have now, or a new pattern not yet released?~ c:
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Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Yes, this is one from the new basic pattern :)
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YouTubeAddict-5 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student General Artist
can you just take an unfinished pony plush, and use the first head piece to sew in eyes, or is that bad?
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Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Sew in eyes like an applique, you mean?
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YouTubeAddict-5 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Student General Artist
yeah, kinda
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ilikethequiet Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so helpful!! I find manes and tails the hardest parts to make!
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Littlestplushoppe Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This was so helpful! Thank you!
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VixiPonyArtist Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks, when i finish makeing your plushie i will post a pick, thanks
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PinkuArt Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
what an awesome and well instructed tutorial! :) 
I didn't know that technique for curled shapes before. :heart:
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cetahead Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2014
Tiki, this has singlehoofedly taught me more about shaping and patterning than anything I have ever read. You have done such a marvellous job of illustrating and describing the techniques, I can now say I feel confident in tackling this task!  Thank you.. thank you.. THANK YOU!


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Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014
Thanks! It's kind of sad, there doesn't seem to be a book out on the market about basic pattern drafting that's more recent then the 80's, so I was hoping this would help folks out. 
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behappy1990 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014
cool! thank you this will be helpful!
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anouk-icey101 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks
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craftycraftycraft Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is great, and very helpful! It is so kind of you to share your patterns and such!
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Kyryn26 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013
Thank you! This is a great tutorial. I love your information on darts, since I haven't done much work with them.
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EpicLunaDragon Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much!

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MartianRaindrop42 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You rock! wow,you put a lot of effort and detail into this tutorial=) And all for free! what a great job you did=)
Hug 
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Kuziifish Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're amazing!  So wonderful that you offer this to people for free.  I ended up making my own mane and tail patterns for my daughter's and niece's ponies.  They turned out good, but this would have been SO helpful at the time. :p
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StealthyClaw Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful! Thanks so much!
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Scarlet-Songstress Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are genius incarnate

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Nazegoreng Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Brilliant tutorial! I will make sure to send people this way that ask about pattern making ^_^
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horserat Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
This looks great!! I cant wait to try out these techniques when I get new fleece! I have one question though, which technique do you think would be best for creating Rainbow Dashes Forelock? The multidimensional  shapes method, or just making it flat like the way you did the striped tail? 
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Voodoo-Tiki Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
I'd do it flat like the tail. :)
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horserat Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013
Thanks :)
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:iconzis-zas:
Zis-Zas Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome tips for even those experienced! Thank you so much! :)
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caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Awesome!!!
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OoOdanaOoO Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is so helpful, thank you for uploading this!! :D
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starcat233 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This seems really interesting! <3 =D
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turbolen7 Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013
Very helpful, thank you!
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galphath Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you for this amazing christmas gift!
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sugarstitch Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, there's some great tips in here.
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Ivory-Bolt Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Amazing!! Any suggestions for like...spiral curl hair? (like..riversong hair)?
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