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Elsapony by fireflytwinkletoes Elsapony by fireflytwinkletoes
For my half of a trade with the amazingtacular Centchi, I plushified her lovely concept of a ponified Elsa, from Frozen.

She was...not easy. Sometimes it seems like I do the most growth when I'm making trades or gifts for friends (no idea why - I don't even do trades very often), and that was certainly the case here. Let me elaborate:

First, I had to figure out how to do the complex, many-pointed snowflake cutie mark with the tools available to me. As most of you know I don't own an embroidery machine, and usually applique cutie marks. I didn't think that would work, but I tried it anyway. It didn't work. My dad gave me an airbrush for Christmas that I've been playing with and trying to figure out how to use properly. I tried airbrushing the snowflake. Lighter colors don't show up when airbrushed on. So that didn't work. I finally found something that WOULD work, and happily with the fine satin it created a lovely iridescent effect for the snowflake against her skin.

Then came the hair. OH GOD THE HAIR. I have never done such difficult hair in my life. All us plush makers talk about multiple colors making things so much more difficult...and they do...but PLUSHING BRAIDS IS THE BANE OF MY LIFE. Her tail took me three tries and two days to get anywhere close to where I wanted it. I ended up having to cut the individual strands of the braid in curving shapes so that they would interlock beforehand, sew them and stuff them, and then fit them all together. And honestly, I'm still not 110% happy with the result...but it's the best I can do with my current level of skill. And being imperfect makes me sad. Her mane was a trial as well, but I learned a LOT there - making all the pieces interlock so that it looked right from all angles and swept around the back of her head to braid on one side was challenging, but really fun...and I'm super proud of the results. Which is why I included pictures of the back of her head. Ahem.

Anyway, I hope you all like her, and Centchi most of all - thanks for challenging me! :D

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Dynasty-Dawn Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Writer
She's gorgeous!
fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
Dynasty-Dawn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Writer
You're welcome. :)
Allaniele Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! *o* Would you make Annapony? :>
fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Sure, if someone had a design for me to work off of :)
mexgirl006 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
I absolutely love how this one came out. My daughter saw a drawing of Elsa as a pony and she has been begging for one. So I am attempting to make one for her Kindergarten graduation. I am trying to figure out how you made her mane. Any tips that you might be able to share? 
fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw, thanks :)

Hmmm...sewing braids is harder than it looks - make the strands a lot skinnier than you think they'll need to be, because they really bulk up when you braid them :P
Clockwork-Falcon Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is soooooooooooooooooooo cool! You are totally the bet plushie maker out there :)
fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw, thanks :) I try to keep improving - there are some other equally impressive (and in my opinion, more impressive) plushie makers out there, but I am proud of my work!
PluckyPony Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
H-How did you gjhitjhndjitsdthd make that!
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