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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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:iconmayesdot:
MayEsdot Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
How did you do her eyes without an embroidery machine?
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
I applique all my eyes and cutie marks. There's more info on the technique in my FAQ if you're interested.
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MayEsdot Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry, I should have looked at your FAQ before asking.  They look amazing for being applique (I honestly thought they were embroidered) and her braids turned out very nice.
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's okay :) Thank you - I've spent a lot of time working on the technique, and making it look as smooth as embroidery.
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Twilight13Fan Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Oh my gosh!!!! So pretty! I want one! I wish they had these in stores.
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Glad you like her :D
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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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:iconfireflytwinkletoes:
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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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
very nice. quite similar i imagine to what my oc ophelia would look like as a plush.  i like it. :)
and somehow i imagined a braid would be annoying. 
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks!

The braid sure was annoying. :P
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mortalshinobi Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
welcome.
and hehe. yeah, i think if i commissioned ophelia that would be the plush maker's issue is that she has a braid in her mane.  though her tail and hair on her head would still be just your basic stuff.
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Dynasty-Dawn Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Student Writer
She's gorgeous!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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Dynasty-Dawn Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2014  Student Writer
You're welcome. :)
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Allaniele Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful! *o* Would you make Annapony? :>
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Sure, if someone had a design for me to work off of :)
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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? 
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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
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Clockwork-Falcon Featured By Owner May 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
This is soooooooooooooooooooo cool! You are totally the bet plushie maker out there :)
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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!
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PluckyPony Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
H-How did you gjhitjhndjitsdthd make that!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Tons o' work :P
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PluckyPony Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Pretty!
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You did a wonderful job on her! I can see why the cutiemark would be such a pain!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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timgil Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014
You did a spectacular job with the hair.
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you :)
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TheFineBrony Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Writer
That mane, omg. Are you still alive?
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:iconfireflytwinkletoes:
fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Just barely, and recovering :P
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:iconthefinebrony:
TheFineBrony Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2014  Student Writer
MEDIC!!!!
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TheTacoEaterMan Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014
O DO WANT
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ravenandkuba Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
She looks amazing! It must have been really hard to make.
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you! She was a fun challenge :)
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ravenandkuba Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome!
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Fanartpony Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Student
Oh my god that's awesome...I love Elsa AND looka at that pony.....omfg
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)
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Catzilerella Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Omygosh! She looks amazing!! I wish I had seen this before I worked on the one for my daughter, it may have given me a better idea on how to go about the mane. Which I love! You did so good! I didnt think about stuffing the strands before braiding. And the interlocking at the back of the head!! Fantastic!! Heck I wish I knew you well enough for a trade and had This pony Elsa for my daughters easter basket surprise. ;-)  Bravo! *claps* you did an all-around fanciful job. 
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw, thank you! I'm sure your daughters will love the one you made :D
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Catzilerella Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I know she will. ^_^ 
But I am feeling kinda deflated after seeing this amazingness. 
Haha, your good!
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Don't be deflated! I've had A LOT of practice ^^;
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Brillonsloup Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this you did an amazing job plushing Elsa from Frozen I so totally want to cuddle her she's perfect. Better than anything I could do.
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fireflytwinkletoes Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Aw, thanks :D
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