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Wing Sculpting Tutorial by Eiriel Wing Sculpting Tutorial by Eiriel
I've been meaning to do one of these for a while and finally remembered to take the photographs when I was doing my latest custom, Candy Girl :)
I really hope it makes some sort of sense! Feedback would be very much appreciated as it's the first time I've ever written a tutorial :)
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amberflicker Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
would a method similar to this work for G4 pony customs?
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2013
I don't see why not, though I've never tried it :)
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Linnzy Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FINALLY! I've been looking for a tutorial like this for a couple of hours today (I've been trying before too)...I was beginning to think that how to make these kind of wings was a close guarded secret :D

Thank you!
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
You're welcome! I hope it's helpful :)
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StarHeartCustoms Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you very much for the tutorial. but one question, can i use tinfoil instead of wire mesh?
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012
I don't think tinfoil would be strong enough, to be honest, but give it a go if you want!
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StarHeartCustoms Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you
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SoldierofTwilight Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Thank you for this more detailed tutorial. It's always nice when a fellow customizer reveals tricks of the trade that everyone else won't do!!
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2012
You're very welcome :)
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MoonyArsaraidh Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just a question, cause you showed pictures with the non rehaired head on the body...how do you work after you have sculpt the wings? Iam new in this, never have sculpted any wings...

So, isnīt it easer to rehair first and then sculpt the wings? Just a question, this tutorial is great and i will totally use it in the near future
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
I normally strip the pony (hair off, marks off etc) and go from there. I put the head back on when I'm sculpting so the wings don't accidentally poke the pony in the eye or something :D But I don't like rehairing before I sculpt because then I run the risk of getting clay in the hair and that's just a biiig nightmare. Doing it differently could totally work though!
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MoonyArsaraidh Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah ok. So itīs also an idea to rehair first (head and body), then sculpting the wings and then adding the new rehaired head back on the body? Do you think this might work too?
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Sure, that sounds like it'd be fine :)
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MoonyArsaraidh Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ok thanks ^^ I will use this in the near future hopefully ^^
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SoldierofTwilight Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012
Just wanted to chime in, I haven't made wings yet but I have baked before. If you plan on using the clay that needs to be baked, do not rehair until you're done with the sculpting then baking, because it's always best to bake with the pony's head on, so it doesn't warp or anything.

Otherwise, the air dry clay is perfect and you can just leave the head off while sculpting the wings. When you're done, rehair and pop the head back on! :)
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MoonyArsaraidh Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for your comment :) I have air dry clay and i hope, this will work like i want to, iīve got a G4 Styling pony (the big ones you know?) i like to made wings ^^
So i hope, everyone will work xD
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Sassymewthree19 Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
This is so helpful! I've been trying to find a way to add wings to my Autumn Skye and I never knew how. One question, the clay I use won't dry by itself, you have to bake it so in those steps where it said to let dry, should I bake it? Or should I get better clay/apoxie/stuff?
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Eiriel Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
I've never used it, but I know that you can use sculpy and then bake the pony as long as you take the magnet out of her hoof first :) If the clay your using has a similar baking temperature, then you should be fine.
I'm glad you're finding it useful!
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bluepaws21 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
nice!
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2012
:) thanks
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you so very much for making this tut :love:
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012
You're welcome :)
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Kii-Chaan Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011
This helped so much! I never imagined it would be this simple..
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
I'm glad you found it helpful :)
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Jenn1977 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
Your work is awesome!! Thanks for posting this, I have been considering trying to do what I have seen done with the ponies and it looks like your tutorial could be really helpful..Do you have any other tutorials on how to make stuff out of apoxie or do you know of any links that could show you how to make other stuff (outfits,different designs)out of apoxie and mold it to the ponies? Any info you could give would be greatly appreciated..Thanks again for posting the tutorial!
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011
Thank you :) I've got a mermaid tail tutorial up in my gallery but I'm afraid I don't know of any others - it may be worth asking on the pony forums?
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Jenn1977 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
Your welcome and thanks for the info :O) I will check that out and This is probably a silly question,but how do I get to Pony forums? I am new new to the website..Do I just type it in the search bar?
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
Sorry, I meant places like the My Little Pony Arena - it can be found through Google and has a whole section on customising :)
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Jenn1977 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
Thankyou!!
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Sunshine-Blitz Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
This is really helpful! Sadly I bought a G4 that didn't have wings, so I have to make them now. Although It might be fun, making wings that "stand out". Just out of curiosity, would sculpey be a bad idea for this? Since it needs to be baked to harden, I'm concerned about the wire on the inside heating up and causing some sort of internal damage.
It's okay if you don't know. I haven't bought the clay yet, and if you have any suggestions for a clay to use, I'd be glad to listen. :) I just want something that is sturdy and won't break easily after drying.
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
I'm glad it's useful :)
I use apoxie sculpt (can be found on ebay) which works really well as it's a two-part mix that hardens due to a chemical reaction rather than being baked.
I know other customisers do use sculpy for some modifications as the ponies can withstand the temperatures needed (if you're using a G3, make sure you take the magnet out of the hoof first!) but I don't know how that works with the wire.
I'd generally recommend apoxie sculpt - I've never had it break after drying and I personally find it easier to work with than sculpy! Just be careful to only mix as much as you need to use within an hour. It starts going hard after that and it's pretty easy to mix too much.
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Sunshine-Blitz Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2011
Hmmm, okay. I'll probably order a small amount soon. I've never used clay before so I figured getting Sculpey would be better since it needs to be baked to dry. But I'll try out apoxie, and see how that goes. :3
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
It's actually really similar, in terms of texture anyway, to Sculpey :)
Good luck with it, and post pictures when you're done!
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xStarSaber Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
Wow, your wings are beautiful! I am going to try this for my custom. Thanks for the tutorial.
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011
Thank you and you're welcome :)
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SweetIntoxikation Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2011
wonderful tips! I look forward to giving this a try on my next personal customization.
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011
I hope it's helpful :)
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SweetIntoxikation Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2011
It is! I'm going to practice before I do the actual customization.

Though I wanted to ask. Do you recommend using an older generation MLP to the blanks you can get from Hasbro now for the larger wings? Or does it not matter as long as you're careful with your weight distribution?
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
As long as you're careful with weight, it really shouldn't matter too much :) Just make sure they're properly balanced and it should be fine!
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RaimeiThunderChild Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh wow, this is amazing!! :D Thanks so much for a great tutorial!!
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2010
You're welcome, hope it's useful!
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Vintergnista Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
*favs to rememebr* awesome tut :) where can I find mesh?
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Eiriel Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
Your local craft shop may have some, or a DIY shop or something similar.
If that fails, try ebay!
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Vintergnista Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
ok thanks ^^
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CobaltMoonChild Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial. I have been searching for one for days. I have a random newbie questionl.... I am assuming it is alright to put the base in the oven with the sculpey to bake?
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Eiriel Featured By Owner May 25, 2010
You're very welcome :)

To be honest, I'm not entirely sure. I use air-dry sculpting material so I don't have any experience with that. I have read elsewhere that you can, as long as the oven isn't hot enough to melt the plastic. You'd also need to take out the hoof magnet as that can cause problems with the plastic as well!
Good luck, sorry I can't be more helpful.
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DelRosal Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2010
I've been hunting all over for tuts on sculpting wings and yours has been the best I've found. I do have a question though and it's about the underside of the wings. You say to work on both sides at once so the feathers line up, but how did you do that on this pony where one wing is turned down like that against the body? How do we fix that part if we have wings too close to the bodies of our sculpture?
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Eiriel Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
Hi :) I was able to fit my fingers inbetween the wing and the body for that one so it wasn't an issue.
If I couldn't, I'd have sculpted the part that attached to the body, then loosened the wire attaching the wing to give me a bit more room to manouver. After it was finished I'd re-do the wire attachment and maybe glued the wing on for extra security!
Hope that helps :)
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DelRosal Featured By Owner May 4, 2010
OOOO that would work. Yeah it helps a whole lot. Thanks so much for your advice. I'm sure it will come in handy.
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Eiriel Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
Welcome :)
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