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FullMoonFever
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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Where to buy hair, gems, clays, paintbrushes, etc..

I'm hoping a custom mod will sticky this topic.

I've noticed a lot of beginners being sort of lost as to where to buy certain items, like hair etc. So I've compiled a list of places to purchase said products. Now I know there are more places, but these are just what I know of.


HAIR:
dr locks
Stay away from the silky straight kanekelon hair and you'll be good. Reason being is this stuff is EXTREMELY stiff.
I use the yaky switch and their braided stuffs. Fast shipping too!

Restore Doll
Katsilk all the way! A bit pricey, but a nice range of colors, silky smooth, doesn't dye or curl very well, but still awesome.

Dolly Hair
Sells REAL My Little Pony NYLON hair, purchased from the same factory that HASBRO purchases it from. Dollyhair's nylon hair is of a thinner denier (the thickness of each strand of hair) than the nylon that Custompony sells. Has many exact matches for a lot of the My Little Pony hair colors. Dollyhair also sells saran hair, regular doll hair, and mohair, along with other goodies. (quoted from Velaria, but removed one sentence bit.)

Custom Pony
Now sells NYLON hair, which is extremely close to the original look and feel of real My Little Pony hair. She also has a hair matching guide, and lots of other goodies like: wings, brushes, tail washers, various colors of tinsel, flocking, sculpey, and a plethora of RIT dye.


CLAYS:
Jerry's
THE place to buy sculpey, the cheapest I've seen. Also if you do some digging around they have some wire forms for armature.

www.sculptingstudio.com/
Aves home page. They sell Apoxie sculpt Smile

Also try looking in various craft stores and Super Walmarts in the crafts section. Also Hobby stores are a good bet! And try Lowes, Harbor Freight, Home Depot and those kinds of places, you never know what you'll find!


CRYSTALS
ebay search of flatback swarovski crystals
yup, mostly found in grosses. ^_^

www.firemountaingems.com
I haven't dealt with them, but the wonderful customizer Nachtlicht has and well, you've seen her work!


PAINT BRUSHES
00000 sized rounds
These are the smallest round type paintbrushes I have ever seen! They are available at Jerry's Artarama for about $6 each. I'm going to be ordering a couple for my own use soon so I will let you know how they hold up! They would very good for eyes and very fine detail.

Filbert body painting brush
They may look funny, but they are extremely soft and hold quite a bit of paint, I personally like these more than plain ol' flats.
These would be used for full body repaints.

Detail Filbert
Pretty much same as above only quite a bit smaller.
Used for larger symbols.

High Quality Kolinsky Sable Brushes
Well yes a wee bit pricey, but very high quality, soft and will last a lifetime if kept clean and taken care of.
The link is to the section of brushes.


ARMATURE (wire, mesh)
1/16 inch wire
Comes in an 8 ft. coil, I have some, very bendy! Easy to work with, would be great for horns and tails.

1/16th inch Wire Mesh
1/8 inch wire mesh roll
in a 10'x20'' roll.
Ideal for merpony tail armatures and pretty much any added large appendage.


GLITTER
Laser Glitter
Glitter to add to your paint to make the glittery symbols, I'm not sure if this glitter is untra teensy, but it might be.

Ultra Fine Glitter
Woohoo! Ultra fine glitter, one piece is hardly visible!

more ultrafine glitter
This stuff is available in small resealable vials that I guess is also safe to use on the face.

Ultrafine (UK)
I take it these people are in the UK and this is a good place for all you guys not in the U.S. Smile

Glitter and Beads

Ultra Fine glitter (LA based)


EXTRAS
Dental Tooth Picks
You're probably thinking... what the?? Trust me, these are so handy to have. I personally have a set of 6, but can't find at the moment. They are great for tiny detail on clay work and great cleaner uppers once the clay has dried and there are small bits which need to be trimmed off. Great for carving apoxie sculpt in the hardening stage. (top of the page)

Jars
Yup, Jars! Great for storing that custom mix of paint or crystals or whatever!

WOW.. tons of stuff
You never know what you will find there




Okay now here's a rundown of pros and cons of the clay and hair.

Clays:

Sculpey, Premo, Fimo (clays that harden in the oven):
Pros:
~ Come in oodles and oodles of colors! They are available in small bars so you don't have to go out and purchase a huge brick of colors, Sculpey also has a variety pack out!
~ Comes in glow in the dark and some 'textured' types of clays.
~ Will NOT dry out if left out of the package, (however the chemicals will seperate if left to sit for a long period of time, like a year or longer.)
~ Is usable right out of the package.
~ Kneadable and easily tooled and easy to work with.
~ Fully cures in an oven in about a half hour, or depends on the thickness of the piece.
~ Paintable, sandable and carvable when cured.
~ Easily available

Cons:
~ Is NOT non toxic, if you continue to use the stuff in the oven the fumes will create hazardous particles that attatch to the inside of the oven and then can spread to the food that is later cooked in there. (It's best to use a toaster oven for the clay and devote NOTHING but the clay to it.)
~ Will stain clothing, especially the red, I think there's something in the pigment that really does it.
~ Can be very brittle without an underlying armature or a casting resin coating.
~ The price can add up quickly, if you don't want to paint the piece you use a certain color, and its about $2 for a 2 oz block of clay, depending on the size, the price can skyrocket.


Apoxie Sculpt:
Pros:
~ Comes in a variety of colors, although not as many as the previous clay.
~ NON TOXIC!
~ Cures ROCK HARD
~ Little to no shrinkage when cured
~ Doesn't need to be baked
~ Drys overnight to a ROCK HARD state
~ Very pliable
~ Also used to mend items, in the first 30 minutes its more of an adhesive
~ After fully cured it can be painted, sanded, sculpted, drilled etc, and has a low chance of breaking.
~ Sculpey, Fimo, etc CAN be mixed in with this to create a different color (use sparingly)
~ CAN be baked to allow for sculpey etc to be added onto it.
~ Allows for acrylic paint to be MIXED into it for a different color.
~ Freezable to allow for a longer shelf life (before mixed)

Cons:

~ 3 Hour working time.
~ 2 part clay
~ smells awful, you want to have plenty of ventilation or work outside
~ extremely sticky and gooey, almost a putty for the first 45 minutes, then its better to work with.
~ takes about 5 minutes to thouroughly knead the 2 parts together.
~ If not properly kneaded, the clay will not cure properly and you may get some soft spots.
~ The stock colors are limited.
~ fairly expensive.
~ hard to get ahold of unless you buy from the manufacturer. I know of 2 other places to get it.


(I'll do the hair at another time)


Hope this helps!

~jenn

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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: Where to buy.....

Thank you! I was looking for good stuffs!! Smile

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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: Where to buy.....

Thank you. There are a few sites listed that I haven't visited yet!

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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: Where to buy..... *please sticky me*

Hi there! I just wanted to let you know we haven't been ignoring the sticky request- just trying to figure out if there is a lot of info on here that is not already stickied in the customs tutorials thread at the top of the forum.... We were paying attention, honest Smile

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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: Where to buy..... *please sticky me*

I think this would be a great idea to sticky! please do Smile

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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: Where to buy.....

It would be cool if we all posted our suppliers on here, One big pony customisers database!
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FullMoonFever
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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: Where to buy..... *please sticky me*

DiamondDreams wrote:
Hi there! I just wanted to let you know we haven't been ignoring the sticky request- just trying to figure out if there is a lot of info on here that is not already stickied in the customs tutorials thread at the top of the forum.... We were paying attention, honest Smile

I didn't even know there was such a place. O_o

LOL well as long as this is handy or helpful. Smile

~Jenn

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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: Where to buy.....

FullMoonFever wrote:
Custom Pony
I've never dealt with them, but I do know they exist. O_O Sells tinsel, brushes, etc.

Hope this helps!

~jenn
Hi Smile
I just wanted to say I received a shipment of hair from Custom Pony and its fabulous!! I was sooo impressed with the variety of colours I received in the 'mixed packs' and the hair is really nice!! It does need some time spent to prep it (ironing to straighten it was a funny endeavour) but it curls beautifully and is easy to use once prepped... I have been very satisfied Happy

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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: Where to buy.....

wow this is fantastic! yeah i have used custompony.com before and they were brilliant! Smile oh yeah, and princeofdarkness, what type of hair did you get from them?

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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: Where to buy.....

PrinceofDarkness is refering to the Jumbo Braid hair :-)

I just wanted to add that I will now be selling (by pre-order) NYLON hair in 34 ORIGINAL and EXCLUSIVE colors! Please take a look at my new site.

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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: Where to buy.....

*cough* FIREMOUNTAINGEMS.COM *cough*

Possibly more addicting than plastic toys..... FAST shipping, friendly people and the biggest selection of bright and shiny things you could ever want.

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FullMoonFever
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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: Where to buy.....

oooooo good one! I was wondering where some of your shiny stuff came from

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PostPosted: 0    Post subject: Re: Where to buy hair, gems, clays, paintbrushes, etc..

Wow!! I just wanted to say you made an awesome job, FullMoonFever! Thank you so much for it, it's really useful! Happy

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Blueshade wrote:
Wow!! I just wanted to say you made an awesome job, FullMoonFever! Thank you so much for it, it's really useful! Happy

sure! No problemo. Smile

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artbeads.com has flatbacks: artbeads.com/swarovski...tones.html

another hair source: ragdolly.net

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