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Proverbial Tails Studios by OtakuSquirrel

Proverbial Tails Studios by OtakuSquirrel

My Little Pony enthusiasts are serious about their ponies. Apparently there’s a whole community of folks who lament the fact that the dolls have actual doll hair that you can brush and style, which looks nothing like the pony cartoon characters. Purists were up in arms. Leave it to a maker to answer their distress call. Sebastopol, Calif.-based Chris Herman (aka OtakuSquirrel) dutifully began making plastic molded hair for the ponies, meticulously replicating the luscious locks of the cartoon characters. I learned about his efforts on master costume and mold maker Shawn Thorsson’s site. Chris had come to ask Shawn for mold making tips. Shawn writes:

Using polymer clay, Chris has been painstakingly sculpting out perfect pony coifs (and at least one hat), then shaving (or maybe plucking, I didn’t ask) the doll hair from the toys and replacing it with his work. His deviantart page started getting so much traffic from collectors begging him to offer some for sale that he finally decided it was a good idea to mold and cast plastic pony wigs.

Using translucent platinum cure silicone for the molds and Legos for mold boxes, he set about making his pony wigs. In the end, the only help he needed was a bit of advice on where to put in vents and pour spouts for the resin. Here’s some of this resin castings lined up with the Lego mold boxes in the background:

Previously, we’ve posted about the My Little Pony soldering unicorn and the My Little Pony Storm Trooper. Now we know where to get maker-made mane and tail kits. Just check out this attention to detail:

(Thanks Tyler!)


I'm a word nerd who loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon. I was an editor on the first 40 volumes of MAKE, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. In particular, covering art is my passion — after all, art is the first thing most of us ever made. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for untouched powder fields and ideal alpine lakes.

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