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Princess Celestia - Custom G4 My Little Pony by shearx Princess Celestia - Custom G4 My Little Pony by shearx
Finally I got around to getting some high quality images of this custom together.

Here we have Princess Celestia! By far, this has been the most time consuming and difficult custom I've done. I got the original toy when I decided to do Luna. They came in a package, and I only got it because, as opposed to the cloth wings I've seen on other Celestia toys, this one had plastic wings.

So, she originally came pink.. and with molded hair. Needless to say, the hair was poorly painted and looked like garbage.. not to mention her body was pink.. Always this has been a tragedy. Thus began the project..

I started by removing the crappy molded hair.. This was a project in itself. Very strong glue and multiple plastic tabs (both projecting from the hair itself, and from Celestia's body.. and INTO her body =.=). This process inevitably left some visible scarring on her legs.. I did my best to cover them up, but I can only do so much >.<

Next came the daunting task of sculpting her hair.. I had to use at least 5 times as much Sculpey for the mane and tail as I have for normal size ponies. Her mane and tail are flowing and wavy, and I tried to capture this feeling in the mold.

Hours of sanding and touch ups later, I moved on to the necklace and her crown. I probably could have done both of these better, but I still believe they turned out rather well. I haven't really worked with sculpts this thin, and I'm amazed I didn't tear them apart with how much handling they went though.

Now that her main, tail, and jewelry were complete, I began the long process of painting. I started with a primer coat on everything, including her entire body. Then the real painting.. her body uses approximately 5 full coats of white acrylic paint to ensure I covered every last bit of pink. Her mane and tail used a similar amount of their respective colors.

The crown, necklace, and the gilded shoes(?) on her feet used gold metallic paint.. This paint color was relatively thin, and used quite a few coats to cover the white primer coats underneath. The inlay on the jewelry pin striped with gold mixed with brown, so that it still has the shiny feel, but is darker to stand out from the undercoat. The gems on each are a metallic amethyst.

The eyes are cutie mark were the last to be painted. Even though you can't see one of her eyes, they are both there. Each eye (and everything else for that matter) was meticulously painted by hand to match as closely as possible to her design in the show.

Final assembly was fairly painless.

Anyway, there you have it! Celestia is complete!

Please feel free to leave comments (these are very welcome as a matter of fact)
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ajepic Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
plz put it for sale if it still looks fine and perfect I need a perfect celestia figure for my collection lol
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msteetertotter Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful :3
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Crazypurplebat Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
How do you cure the clay used on your sculptures? I'm interested in trying a custom but don't know where to start sculpting wise.
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shearx Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I use Sculpey oven-bake clay, which is cured simply by baking it in the oven for about 15 minutes and then being allowed to cool. Sculpey is widely available at many craft stores and the like.
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Crazypurplebat Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Ah whoops saw your other reply first! That is great to know! Now I feel more comfortable about baking my ponies!
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Claytacular Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
*Sorry, I just read the comment below.. hehe. Um, what temperature did you heat the oven to before you removed the hair? And do you think I could do the same with Princess Cadance's wings? [link]
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shearx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm a bit confused.. are you referring to the original hair that came on the pony? if so, I didn't heat the pony at all before removing the hair.. that was mostly because I didn't think of it though, and I was in a hurry at the time...

and why would you want to remove cadance's wings? o.O
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Claytacular Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh because I wanted her base for my OC, but my character is a unicorn.. heh :I
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Claytacular Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
How did you cut off the molded hair? :o

It looks magnificent, by the way. :)
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shearx Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
he original molded hair? lets just say it was difficult. Had to pry the hair away from the body and use my razor blade to cut under it.
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