Friday, 30 August 2013

Ottawa Geek Market: Year 2

Last year, in October, Roomy and I shared a table at the inaugural Ottawa Geek Market.  Geek Market is an event that's something of a cross between a convention, an artists' marketplace, and a geeky garage sale.  Not only did we have a great time, but we did pretty darn well in our sales too (Roomy was selling her books, I was selling my customs, and we had a bunch of older figures for sale too.)

This year the Geek Market is two days, taking place October 19th and 20th.  We are really looking forward to the event again, and hoping this year we'll get a bit more time to do some shopping for ourselves.  I'm also working on a whole slew of geeky custom ponies that will be ready to go to new homes by then.  Here's a sneak peek at the custom prep that's been done so far.  There'll be sneak peeks and updates from now until October.

Also, if anyone's planning to attend and has any vintage ponies they're interested in selling, I'd be happy to take them off your hands.  If it's a pony toy with "Hasbro" somewhere on the bottom of the foot, I'll be interested.  If you're not sure, I'd be happy to take a look at pictures emailed to me to advise.  Elfpony @  (end shameless plug)


Friday, 23 August 2013

We're officially moved in...

The Geek Cave is unpacked!

It's not totally organized.  We still need more shelving.  There's a bunch of stuff stuck in the closet.  But there's no more moving boxes in there!  It feels good to be so far along in the process only five months after we moved.  I think it's the first time I've felt like the Ponies have a permanent home.
View from the Door - this is Roomy's MOTU corner
G1s with various merch on the top of the shelves
More G1s and G3s and G4s
G2s, G3s, and playsets of all gens
More G3s and blind bags
More G3s
Eventually, I want to have the ponies spaced out, so they're not all facing forward and crowded together.  I also need to do some better organization than just by generation (putting families together and such.)  Fun times are ahead!  :D


Saturday, 17 August 2013

And now for something completely different.

This week: a commissioned rehair.

I was contacted some time ago to do a rehair on a Cardcaptor Sakura doll by someone who had seen one of my Custom Panels at a con.  Since I wasn't familiar with the doll, I had several questions before I agreed, but I was interested in trying this project out.  Luckily, my commissioner was patient, because it took me quite awhile to finish her off, but she turned out quite nicely.
With the rehairing done, she looks like Cousin It!
I have no idea what kind of hair was in there to start off, but it was rotting and you could pull it out with no effort at all.  It was also discoloured and smelly - very odd.  I rehaired with DH Gingerbread.  The rehairing should have been easy - the doll head was a nice flexible plastic and the holes were well defined.  But my rehairing tool was against me for some reason, and the needle kept popping out forcing me to reglue it in and wait until it had completely dried - multiple times.  Finally, it decided to stay put and I was able to finish the project.  The hair was then cut and styled.  My commissioner was quite happy with the results, so much so that she's asked me to do the same treatment to five other dolls.  :)

Here's the finished product.


Friday, 9 August 2013

Chibi Cthulhu

This is my third Cthulhu custom, this time using a G3.5 Ponyville as a base.

The base was bald, so all the tentacle hair on her head was sculpted using Apoxie Clay.  Her tail was left intact, but I added a few more tentacles there as well.  Her wings, claws, and muzzle tentacles were also sculpted.  She was fully repainted by hand.


Friday, 2 August 2013

Chibi Bowtie

It's been awhile since I've done a Chibi custom, and this is my first time using a G4 blindbag as a base.

Chibi Bowtie was made from an Applejack base.  The bows on her mane and tail were sculpted using Apoxie Clay.  She's been fully repainted by hand and sealed.  She was sold at this year's MLP Fair.