Help with re-hairing?

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  1. AppleJack84

    AppleJack84 Teeny Tiny Baby Pony

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    Ok, so I'm attempting my first custom, a baby sea pony. She's painted and sealed, and I was beginning the re-hairing process. I had decided to try the method using wire...where you loop the wire, stick in it the head, and then pull the hair back through. I'd already prepared the hair; folding the hair in half and tying a knot with a loop as I had seen in a tutorial. I had no problems with that-even if it was a bit time-consuming. The problem happened when I tried to put the wire through the head. It Won't Go Through!! 00)I don't know if I'm doing it wrong or maybe the wire is too big (I did get the smallest I found.) Can anyone give some suggestions on what to do now?? Or anything I can use to make a tool for cheap?? I'm broke from Christmas shopping and having to replace my brakes in the car. <---Grrrrrr
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  2. thebeth

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    :-\ when I first started I tried to use a teeny tiny wire and it was so thin it would snap sometimes as I pulled the hair through.

    from what I understand, you CAN make your own tool if you take a needle and cut the eye at an angle. I'm not sure how it's done, I've never done it so for your safety don't go by what I say... There are people here who can explain it better and give you inexpensive ideas on handles for holding the needle
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    I always stretch the plug holes with a thumbtack before I add hair, regardless of which method I'm using.
    It can be the thickness of the wire too, I've found 26 gauge jeweler/crafting wire works best.
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    AppleJack84 Teeny Tiny Baby Pony

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    Yeah, I did stretch the hole with a thumbtack, but I didn't do too much cuz I was afraid of splitting it. My wire is 28 gauge so I'm guessing it must be too big. I was so excited to start too. I originally started this pony in July before my son was born in Sept. I had her finished except for hair but had to put my project on hold when Sean was born. (Too busy with a newborn and school...etc) Now that my semester is over, I was hoping to finish her before school starts back. Anyone have a cheap tool for sale?? lol Or any other suggestions?

    P.S.-Thanks Beth and Ristvak :)
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    ristvak Snowy Tree Cricket

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    28 gauge is actually smaller than 26 so I don't know what to tell you...
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    I bought the needle that dollyhair sells, and did it the same way you're saying, tied the not in the middle... and the needle fit just fine in the pony I rehaired... it was time consuming but she got done in about 4 hour's... I took break's to break up the task. But that seemed to do the trick just fine, but I also did it on an adult g1 sweetheart sister, not a seapony.
  7. AppleJack84

    AppleJack84 Teeny Tiny Baby Pony

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    Ok, I stand corrected...my wire is a 24 gauge. My brain must've been fired when I posted last. Guess I need smaller wire...unless anyone else has a suggestion??
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    I use hemostats, a sewing needle & fishing line (4 pound is what I think I have). I find it sturdier & more forgiving than wire. Just remember to take breaks, or wear a glove. That stuff will make your hands sore!
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    Like Beth said, you can make your own tool (thought I recommend saving up for a dollyhair tool - I got one as a gift and LOVE IT, but I used a bigger needle than what it comes with). Here's how you can do it:

    Go to Hobby Lobby and buy a pack of sewing needles (and if I could remember off the top of my head what size I'd tell you - I haven't had to replace a needle in about 2 years!). Does anyone have a suggestion for size?

    Snip off part of the eye (I think I used Mr. Skeen's wire snips) at an angle so that one side is longer than the other - this longer side is your "guider" and will be inserted first into the plug holes to "guide" the rest of the hair in, but make sure you leave enough of the shorter end to still hold the hair. You can snip off the pointy end of the needle too if you want, depending on how big the handle part you make will be. My own needle is probably less than an inch long from where it goes into the handle to the prongs.

    Then, find a non-mechanical pencil with a good, unused eraser and cram the non-prong end into it. Make sure you push it as far as it will go to keep it from sliding further when you use it. Secure it with superglue or something and let it dry.

    OR

    While at the craft store, buy an exacto knife that has removable blades in a metal handle, the kind that has the little collar thing that tightens to hold the blade in. Remove the blade. You can insert your needle into the handle and tighten the collar down until it holds the needle in. You may need to use pliers to get it tight enough.

    Rehair! :D
  10. AppleJack84

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    Yay! New suggestions! I'll have to try them out asap. I really want a dh tool. That's gonna be a late bday present to myself once I get tax money back this year. Until then I'll these other ideas out. :eek:k: I found some 26 gauge wire last night and tried again. It went through the holes, but I messed up the paint around the plug holes. :doh5B15D: I got 1/3 of her hair done before my newborn woke up. Hope to get more done today! Thanks everyone for all your help!:yay:
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    I use needle nose pliers to make sure the 'loop' part of the wire is flat, but inevitably the wire breaks after repeated use. I do the whole thumb tack thing too. There are some awesome suggestions on here I think I'll snag too! Thanks ladies (and gents?)!

    As far as the paint along the hairline cracking.. well.. that is why I generally avoid FBRs and try to find relatively unblemished ponies to dye with fabric dye in stead. Sealing the paint with mod podge or something similar before rehairing might help. The only thing to do is just rehair and then try to carefully touch up the cracked areas. I find that taking breaks helps too, as the more you rehair, the warmer the plastic gets, and then the hairline cracks more because the plastic is more mailable under the paint (hope that made sense).
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    That did make sense. I did apply mod podge a few days before re-hairing. And I don't remember where...but I saw a tip to use the mod podge to tap the paint back down at the roots (provided that the paint cracked but did not fall off). I tried that afterward, and it seemed to help a little too. I know this pony will not be perfect, but it is a very good learning experience. :D I'm not looking to sell customs anytime soon. This is just for my own collection and to have fun. Got a big box of baits and tons of ideas!
  13. swtstff27

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    I found a easy way of doing it (shorter way anyways lol) is to do 2 plugs at once. I used a jewelry wire. Beadalon, it has good flexibility and it is .012 in 0.30mm....got it at a craft store, just widened the holes with a thumbtack a little and the wire fit through :) here is the link to a site that shows you how to do this method but in it they used dental floss but the jewelry wire is more durable and doesnt cost anymore than $4 a roll. How to Rehair My Little Pony Manes | Pony Customs


    good luck and hope this helped some :)
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    Wow! I never thought of using a crochet needle to do it! Thank you so much for sharing that, I know it'll at least save my fingers ;)
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    WoW!! That was so interesting!! Might have to buy a crochet needle and try this...she didn't show it on the pony though. Wonder if the hair plugs are big enough or if I would have to use a long needle like she did with the doll?? Mmmm...must try...as soon as my daughter goes back to school and my son takes a nap LoL...
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    Yea I thought it was cool too! I have not tried it though. I assume it would work? She says she ties the last two plugs together and fastens them with a bit of glue, you know otherwise it would undo like pulling a strand on a sweater. You think it would work with a needle instead?
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  18. AppleJack84

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    Well...that's what she was using on the actual doll head (a long needle). But the crochet needle looked easier to use...just wonder if the pony plug holes are big enough for the crochet needle. I MUST buy a crochet needle asap and test it out 'cuz that looks SO much easier!!

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