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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!
Foam:
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.
re-stuffing 1 by MagnaStorm

Stuffing:
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.
re-stuffing 2 by MagnaStorm

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

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WillWorkForWaffles Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
that is one giant pinkie..
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valleyviolet Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist
Very neat. I'll definitely have to keep this in mind for large projects. :)
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thurinus Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing. I've had a desire to eventually do a large scale plush ever since I started, but also had this fear that it'd just buckle under its own weight. Thanks very much for sharing this valuable insight into your research and process!
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Bearocles Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
wow, I really appreciate the video, as a beginning plush maker I found the video to be a very good reference
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deeed Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Some great insights, thanks for sharing. :)
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xSystem Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Congratz! That would have really helped when I made my 1:1 Luxray X3
I can't believe it stands! BOSSS!
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pyrmappege Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Overall, I'm excited, lol. The giant Pinkie Pie is amazing, and sped up watching sewing is entertaining. :D
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yeliahakre Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I still think super pinkie is kinda scary, but it's still so cool watching your progress, it really is amazing seeing a plush that big :D
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DeadParrot22 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Super Pinkie lives!
That is such an incredible piece of work and it's really cool to see how much thought and effort you have put into it.
Looking forward to seeing her continue to come together. =D
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Rosewolf86 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice job! I love that fact she can stand!
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S0ulEclipse Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
Whoa, that's cool that Pinkie should be able to stand on her own now when her head gets attached, and still be cuddly. Amazing work!
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
I just tested her, and she stands!! :D very solidly too!
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S0ulEclipse Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013
That's awesome! :)
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WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Oh, that's a really good idea, though I can see why stuffing around that would be really annoying! If I ever decide to try a "life sized" pony of my own I will definitely keep that in mind.
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MagnaStorm Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
The foam worked really well! It made her sturdy enough to stand on her own very solidly, I can't recommend using it enough. It's very worth the extra trouble!
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WhiteHeather Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Yeah it seems a lot nicer than trying to rig together some sort of skeleton with plastic tubes! I don't know if or when I'll ever get around to a life sized pony project for myself, but I will definitely remember the foam trick if I do :)
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valleyviolet Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2013  Hobbyist
If you ever do a plastic tube skeleton (so someone could sit on a pony) you could also pad it with the foam. It brings up a lot of interesting solutions to the mechanical challenges! :)
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Eyeheartz0rd Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
sounds complicated... :P you've got amazing skill/patience!
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