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Custom Rarity by AleximusPrime Custom Rarity by AleximusPrime
Ok, so here is a full page of my Rarity custom from 5 different angles much like I did with the Fluttershy one.

First I sculpted the hair out of Sculpey III oven-bake clay for her which was not easy mind you. Then I cut her hair off with scissors (much to her dismay) and saved it in case I may use it again. I then put the hair on which was probably just as hard. The tiny little tufts of hair that stick out on her head wouldn't allow the top mane to attach so well so I put a mound of purple clay on it to act as a base and then smeared it on. I ended up having to connect the lower mane to the top one and it even wrapped around the back of her left ear so it would be less likely to fall off. The tail was quite simple to put on, but unlike Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash, her tail only connects to her butt, it doesn't touch her legs which is actually helpful cuz then it is less likely to fall off. Anyways, I then baked her in the oven, alongside Rainbow Dash, for 15ish minutes at 275 degrees Fahrenheit. Yes, that's right, I baked the hair AND the ponies in there. Do not be scared, they will not melt, but when they come out, they'll be really flimsy and gooey so don't pick them up, just keep them on the tray and cool them somewhere. You could put them out in a room with no heat or in the fridge or in front of a fan to cool. Once that's over with, you're pretty much done! :D

It's too bad they're a bit too fragile to horse around with (see what I did there), but they are customs, so they're just made for the sake of show accuracy. Rarity turned out beautiful, although her hair is a bit too dark and the front mane doesn't really come forward quite enough but it looks ok. I'm surprised with how well the tail turned out! It took me forever to get it looking the way it does! I have no idea how :iconotakusquirrel: does it, but that guy is a genius sculptor!!! I also don't really like how her hair doesn't shine, it should. I might take some glossy finish and paint over her hair someday to make it prettier, but I don't know what to use so give me suggestions if you have any.

So anyways, thanks for waiting a rather long time for this to happen. With all the free and lonely time I had this weekend, it made it rather easy for me to do, but I do wanna get more done like the CMC and maybe some BG ponies as well! So give me a critique if you can and thanks again! :)

Cutie mark by :iconblackgryph0n: [link]

MLP (c) Hasbro
FiM (c) Lauren Faust :iconfyre-flye:
This custom made by me
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:iconjeffreythefox1012:
jeffreythefox1012 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011
what kind of clay did you use?
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It says so in the picture and the description.
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:icontwintwosgirl:
TwinTwosGirl Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
These are really nice customs. =) Awesome work. I see you’ve fallen into the custom bug. lol! I’ve only customized some of the Dollar Store G1 baby fakies. I really need to get back into it and do some that look better than the ones I’ve already done. And maybe do some actual re-hairing (taking out the current hair and putting different colored doll hair in its place). I've actually been itching to make a custom of my OC, Night Whisperer. Hm... I might do that next year, if I can.

By the way. Most people that do customs usually pop the pony’s head off and remove the hair and tail that way. It doesn’t leave stubble. ;-)
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :) Their hair looks more unique in the show so I decided to take action.

Yeah, but isn't it really hard to remove the heads and put them back on?
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:icontwintwosgirl:
TwinTwosGirl Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Not really. You just pull/twist hard enough and it should pop off with no problem. I had to do it to one of the customs I’ve done so it would be easier to paint and so the paint wouldn’t glue the head in place (I painted the entire body black). It was really easy to do. I’m going to have to do it to the G1 pony I bought at the flea market a few weeks ago, too, in order to remove her rusted tail washer. Since she’s a G1, her head is glued in place. >_< Gonna have to take a knife and break the glue seal. Not really looking forward to doing it, but I need to get the rusted washer out of her before it completely ruins her insides (if it hasn’t already).

The G4 ponies will probably be easier to do since their heads are already loose due to being able to move. The Dollar Store fakies I used for my customs have moving heads like the G4s, so it was easy to just take hold of them and twist them off. Although, in order to remove the mane from the inside, you'll have to cut off the plastic piece/joint that holds the head onto the body so you can get inside the head, and then glue the head back on when you're finished.

(And, yes, I realize this whole comment sounds morbid. lol!)
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Dreamcasts Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a quick question, are the Dollar Store fakies cheaper than the official ones? If I ever do any customizing, I'd much rather try it on one of them ;p
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TwinTwosGirl Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They’re cheaper (two in a pack for a $1, if I remember correctly). If you can even find them now. The dollar store fakies were around back in 2006 or 2007. I doubt they’re still available. Unless you can find some on ebay or something. The last time I was at a dollar store around here, I didn’t see any.
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AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
So you haven't done this yet to a G4 pony?
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:icontwintwosgirl:
TwinTwosGirl Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
No. I'm not a heavy customizer, really. I've just dabbled a few times using G1 baby fakies (because I couldn't bring myself to use the real thing) to see what I could do. But really, all MLP toys are pretty much the same in design. The G4s are smaller and slimmer, though, so it might be different. I dunno.

A couple of my customs: [link] and [link]
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:iconaleximusprime:
AleximusPrime Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh. well I guess it wouldn't hurt to just try out the head removal next time. After I bake them, the heads can't move anyhow. When Rarity here came out, I tried moving her head because her hair gives it enough leeway to move to the left but it wouldn't budge cuz I think it got melted together while baking.

Awwww, those are cute! :3
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