So cute! What a good job on the custom pony!
So now I have questions. What kind of paint did you use on her? How did you keep it from chipping off the plastic?
What are some good sites for a budding pony customizer?
The MLPArena is where I swapped this pony and where I learned a lot about customizing. For this pony I used Krylon white spray paint that is made for plastic. I did a couple light coats to get her covered. Then I used thinned craft acrylic paint to do many coats over the spray paint. I use acrylic for models (like for gaming miniatures) for most of the rest of the painting, although I used some extreme glitter paint over a base purple for the balloons so they would match the original pony. After I finished all of the painting (but before the re-hair) I sprayed her with sealer called Dullcote made by Testors (also found in hobby and gaming stores that carry supplies for miniature painting.)
All of the ponies I have customized so far have been full re-paints. It takes patience and a lot of thin coats and a good brush but it can be done. It is also possible to dye them using RIT dyes although I haven't tried it. I have read that the powders tend to work better than the liquid.
And yes, you do have to take the heads off is you are rehairing the ponies. The different generations have different ways of doing this with the new ones being the most difficult. MLPArena has some good tutorials.
For re-rooting I made my own version of a "re-root tool" and it makes the rehairing go much faster. I will say if you are thinking about making a custom pony and will be ordering new hair from Dollyhair then get your order in soon. It can take a week or more for the hair to arrive and you don't want to be waiting until the last minute for the supplies. Other hair can be used but may not style as well as the nylon from Dollyhair. People have used hair from the kids wigs from the dollar stores. And of course all of the Halloween wigs are out now as well if you can find one for cheap.
Let me know if you have any other customizing question. Here are links to the two that I have posted here.http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=359129.msg4208232#msg4208232http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368156.msg4327277#msg4327277