August 21, 2011
Puffcloud Custom Blind Bag - Part 1
Several people have asked for tutorials. I'll compile a more comprehensive, finished version later, but we may as well get started!
Today, I started with the first step of blind bags - trimming!
The first thing you'll want to do is figure out what base you'll be using, and the changes you'll be making. Usually you can do this in your head, but to illustrate I've done a mock up of the changes that will need to be done to make Puffcloud.
Puffcloud requested the pony be made from a Twilight base - but she's a pegasus!
This will be hard, but not impossible. First, the mane and tail changes will require some work, but won't be too hard. Her wings will have to either be closed (I make these from pro-create, a.k.a. greystuff) or open (there are some spare Lily Blossom wings I have from my custom Lyra). I haven't yet decided which to use.
Now that I have a good idea of what I need to do, I begin paring down parts that will get in the way. Twilight has parts of her mane that would overlap the mane I planned, so the easiest thing at this point will be to do away with all of it I can.
For this I use an exacto knife that is older, so is a little more dull. It's dangerous to use what is essentially a razor blade, but it cuts through the vinyl easily. A knife meant for whittling may work as well.
In the early stages this looks rough, but some sandpaper and some more whittling should get rid of most problems. What can't be fixed with that I will repair with green stuff - so don't be afraid of making a few mistakes with the knife. As long as you have the right materials, it can all be fixed.
Stay tuned for more!