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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

AndI'msorrythephotosaresobadIcouldn'twaittotakepicturesandit'snighttime.
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StarDust-Adoptables Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Hobbyist
Your talent really shines here with how well you did the braides! 
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw, thanks - they were certainly a challenge.
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Madness-Made-Fresh Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Filmographer
This is amazing!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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Dramakid99 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014
You should try making anna too :D
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
If I was commissioned to, sure!
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tazzfox Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
Would you be able to point me toward a tutorial on the technique you used for her cutie mark?
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's really, really simple - just google "Using Heat n Bond" and you'll get lots of info. The only special thing I did was use really thin, shiny satin.
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tazzfox Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014
I forgot to tell you how much I do like her, and she was actually the base for my first Elsa pony (which I haven't posted) that a friend asked me to make for her.
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm glad you like her!
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