First off, I finally finished editing one of the livestream videos! You can watch Winter Wrap Up Twilight being made(in fast motion) here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYWHxu…
Now, a giant Pinkie update!
Some people had suggested that I use foam in Pinkie for various reason, and I decided it would be worth a try. Here are my thoughts and results!
I used upholstery foam(or foam cushioning as some might know it) because it's thick, regains its shape even if it's crushed, and it's available at Wal Mart in large quantities ahah.
First off it was more expensive than I expected, but still not horrendously expensive. I bought a 48"x72" piece for $65. This is enough for one and a half ponie. Second, I really underestimated its weight. This stuff is HEAVY. I was hoping to reduce Pinkie's weight by using this foam, but that didn't happen.
Fitting it in the plush:
I measured and cut large strips of the foam and rolled them up so they would fit through the body. I didn't roll them super tight, but still tight enough that they weren't easily crushed and I tied them with ribbon (that was coincidentally pink lol). Then I unstuffed Pinkie, leaving a layer of stuffing at the bottom of each hooves so the foam wasn't sitting directly on the fabric.
Was already a nightmare at this large scale, and adding the foam cores made it even harder. I usually let the stuffing pack itself down, but that was impossible with the foam in the way, so a lot of time and extra stuffing was spent smoothing her out. In the end, the foam didn't help her weight. I actually think she's a little heavier than before. I also didn't save on stuffing as much as I expected. I ended up saving about 2-3lbs but that's it. I was hoping on cutting out at least 5. However, the foam makes her a pretty freakin solid plush. She now stands like a rock and may have a chance at being able to stand once the head goes on now. Although she's solid, the foam is still flexible enough so she's still a very cuddly plush. I also think I can just use a roll of foam instead of a pvc pipe in her neck like I was thinking about yesterday. Or if I do end up going with a pipe, it's going to rest on the foam roll inside her body so it won't cause damage to her over time.
So overall, I think the foam is going to be a default part of any large plushies I make in the future. It's a little more costly and heavier than I wish, but the stability and durability it adds to the plush is definitely worth it.
edit: SHE STANDS!! YESSSSSS! I just test-pinned her head in place with the rolled up foam in her neck and she stands! Like a boss xDD