Friday, April 18, 2014

Rehairing

Like many collectors, I find myself with several ponies in my herd that are either bald or otherwise in need of new hair.  I have discussed restoration before, but alternate rehairs have been in vogue for several months now in the community.  Some collectors have voiced concerns that vintage ponies in perfect condition are being sacrificed for the fun of alternate rehairs.

While I can't speak for all collectors, I'm sure this is not the case.  There have been many times I've seen a pony who's body and paint are in excellent shape, but who's hair is less so.  I've got a few examples below:
Honeysuckle I bought at my first MLP Fair back in 2006 (much like the SS Buttons deflocking, let it never be said that I rush into anything).  I bought her for 75 cents because, although her body was in near-mint condition, her hair looked like a wire scouring pad and felt much the same.  I very much doubt that any amount of conditioning and straightening was going to improve this original hair.
Little Giggles came to me with not much more hair than you see now.  Again, her body is in near-mint condition, and although she's pretty cute bald, she'll be much cuter with big curls again.  She's also been waiting patiently to join the Hair Club for Ponies for several years.
I can't actually recall the events of Cloud Puff joining my herd, but I know she's been here for at least 3 years, and I think she was a Fair purchase.  The hair she has isn't actually in terrible condition, but she's had quite a haircut.  Her symbols have a bit of wear on them, but otherwise she's in good shape.
Finally is blue hearts Dazzle Glow, one of my luckiest Value Village finds.  Her only flaws are a few scratches on her symbols and, unfortunately short, thin, dry hair.  Her mane is almost crispy, her tail is thin and wispy.  She may have some rust as well, but I haven't gotten her head off yet to be sure.

All of these ponies will be staying with me after they've been restored, however I will still be marking the bottom of their feet to show they have been rehaired.  This is especially important if you're using the original colour of hair, so that down the line other collectors will know what they're handling.

The reason I'm rehairing these 4 girls now is that I want all the ponies in my herd to look their best when I take their photos for the catalogue pictures.  It's the push I finally needed to get to work on these girls.  I will post photos of them as they are finished in the coming weeks.

Elf

Friday, April 11, 2014

Ponies, ponies everywhere

I must admit, I do enjoy organizing things.  Especially ponies.

In the Geek Cave, I've decided to split my collection.  One side will be Vintage (G1 and G2), the other side will be Modern (G3 and G4).  I'll still have the ponies on risers, but I'm also planning to display several with the playsets, and also to ultimately have the ponies more spread out so they can be properly seen.
With a large collection and a small room, it's also important to utilize all your space as effectively as possible.  I have several things that I want to display, but that I don't need to get at very frequently, such as my 25th anniversary sets.  Wall shelves above the closet are perfect for this, and I'm even using the bottom of the shelves for displaying my MLP Fair badges from past years.
It's not done yet (is it ever really?) but I'm really happy with what we've accomplished so far.  I'm also looking forward to many more hours of pony organization.

Elf

Friday, April 4, 2014

Hailing frequencies open

This is, by far, my favourite of the customs I made for Geek Market last autumn.  So much so that I wasn't completely sure whether she would be for sale or whether she would be staying with me.  As it turned out, I didn't quite finish her in time and she's now got a permanent home in my own collection.  This is Classic Trek Uhura.

Her uniform is made of Fimo.  Her earrings are jewels.  All other details are painted on.  And she's been rehaired in nylon Black Magick.  I've styled her hair as closely as I could manage to how Uhura's appeared early on in the show.  I've actually just styled her hair finally, which is why she wasn't posted to the blog earlier.
I envision this pony on her way to the bridge for her shift, singing away down the corridors of the ship.  Really wishing I had a little Enterprise moc-up I could've used for the photo shoot.

Elf

Friday, March 28, 2014

Timey-Wimey

If I'm going to keep making TARDIS-themed customs, I need to come up with some more creative names than TARDIS, TARDIS 2, etc.  ;)
Timey-Wimey was a commission for a TARDIS-themed pony with a pink body.  After some further discussion, we agreed that she would have a TARDIS symbol, with blue hair.  I also decided to do her eyes entirely in shades of blue, as well.
She started out as a Pinkie Pie (obviously).  Her hair is nylon Forget Me Not blue.  Her eyes and symbol have been hand painted in acrylic and sealed.
I have it on good authority that her new owner was very happy to receive her.

Elf

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Great Geek Cave Weekend - Recap

Yes, both Roomy and I survived both the Ikea trip and the building/shifting of furniture last weeked.  Let me tell you how it went.

We are old pros at Ikea now, so that was relatively uneventful.  Saturday morning we began work in earnest, with Roomy building and me shifting things around in the Cave.  That was when the first injury occured, as I forgot that my Build a Bear Ponies were on top of a certain shelving unit.  It wouldn't have been so bad when they all fell on me, except Pinkie Pie was wearing BAB roller skates.  Ow!
Roomy builds the things, in a collection appropriate shirt
While Roomy was out in the hall building, I shifted things.  Then I shifted some other things.  Then things began to be crowded and messy.
This over here...this over here...Pinkie on rollerskates on the floor...
Collection Tetris
The end result of this weekend was that we now have all the bones in place for this room.  All the essential pieces of furniture are in there, which will allow us both to display our collections in the best way possible in that room.  I'm loving the nice, clean, white look of everything.
Vintage POP
Current MOTUC
Roomy has a much smaller collection than I (she's been collecting for a shorter time) so before the weekend was over her area was all set up.  I...have more work ahead of me...
So many ponies, so little organization

Elf

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Great Geek Cave Weekend

The creation of a collection room is a never ending project, but there are times when you can see major progress being made.  This is one of those weekends.  This is the weekend the Geek Cave becomes fully furnished.

To the Giant Ikea!
Old picture, currently there is significantly more snow around the Ikea.  Just in case you were wondering.
This weekend Roomy and I will be buying and setting up the remaining shelves and display spaces required to complete the Geek Cave.  After this, we will both have all the display space we will ever have in this room for our collections.  In theory, there should be nothing stopping us from organizing our collections at this point.

I can't tell you how happy I will be to have all this nice, matching furniture for the Geek Cave.  It's so much nicer than the "found" furniture I've used in the past.  It gives a nice, clean look to the room, and lets us show off our collections to the best effect.

Full description and pictures to come!
In the meantime, enjoy Roomy's MOTU solution for my wingless flutter ponies.
Elf

Friday, March 7, 2014

Random pony thoughts

Sometimes, there are things that I think about for the blog, but they don't amount to a full blog post by themselves.

Last summer one of the malls in town had a kiosk that sold signs with popular cartoon characters on them.  You could get them personalized - Happy Birthday Elfpony, or something to that respect.  They were quite obviously bootleg images, however, and they sort of missed the mark with the Pony sign.  Are the G4s visiting the G3s?  Did the two Ponyvilles collide?
Rarity is not impressed (but this is the best image ever).  I rather regret not getting one of these posters.
In the autumn, I received a lovely gift from a friend.  She is one of the most giving people I know, and she made these two Sunbeam pendants for my birthday.  I've worn them several times since then, and look forward to showing them off at this year's MLP Fair in July.  I've been remiss in not posting these sooner.
I felt old during a recent trip to the DVD store...is something that's only 10 years old really a classic?  (Can you believe G3 is 10 years old!?!?)  Also, why can't we have a nice G1 DVD set, with uncut versions of Rescue at Midnight Castle and Escape from Catrina?
There you go.  Some random pony-related thoughts from the head of Elfpony.

Elf