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Blind Bag Zecora by DeeKary Blind Bag Zecora by DeeKary
Here's Zecora in her blind bag form :D. I worked on her for the blind bag contest going on at the Arena. I didn't post her until now because I was waiting for the contest to start :). She took several spare hours of work in between commissions, and I'm so in love with her that I'm keeping her as part of my private collection <3.
She started as a blind bag Twilight Sparkle, with a reposition of the head done to it as well as sculpting with Apoxie.
Here's a WIP picture if you don't believe she's a BB ;) [link]

Thanks for looking! :D hope you like her :dance: check out the rest of the entries here: [link]
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Celestial-Rainstorm Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous work!
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RhythmicEssence Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love her! I wish I had one like this instead of the Hasbro one! I haven't tried sculpting yet though...it might end badly!
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LadyLittlefox Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Artist
Oh wow! Very impressive!
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Muketti Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome 030
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Skater-Soul Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Dang! that's awesome! I want one!
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QuoteCentric Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Beautiful! What tool did you use to scrape the excess plastic hair off the Twilight base?
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DeeKary Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks! I used my X-Acto knife :) and then used a bit of sanding paper to remove some more of it and leave the surface even.
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QuoteCentric Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
Thanks for the input! I'm working on a few customs that will require quite a bit of cutting and re-shaping, and I wanted to know what the best cutting tool to use would be. I didn't want to get started and hurt myself when there was an easier, safer blade to use. Thankfully, I already have some X-Acto knives and some sandpaper on hand. The only stuff I need now is the Apoxie. Know any place you can buy the stuff cheap?
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DeeKary Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Hmmm Apoxie is a bit pricy, but it's definitely worth the investment! I think I found them the cheapest through Amazon (got myself 1 lb of white there and I've done a ton of stuff with it, and there's still quite a bit left!). If you're thinking of just trying it out I would recommend starting with the 1/4 lb, but if you have a good knowledge of scupting and are going to sculpt a lot in the future I would recommend getting the 1 lb ^^.

Here's the direct link to the search results on Amazon :) [link] the price of it by itself is good, but it's the shipping what hurts the wallet LOL :XD:.
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QuoteCentric Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
And, now that I've got my hands on some Apoxie, I can see why you and other customizers like it so much! It can be applied in thin, tiny doses, and sands smoothly without (for the most part) chipping or cracking.

But, I gotta ask: do you know any tricks to keep it from sticking to your hands so much when you're working with it? And, do you really need to wear masks and gloves when handling it?
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DeeKary Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Welcome to the Apoxie-addicts club! lol :D

Well many customizer recommend applying lotion on your hands to avoid the stickyness, but I've read about them having to clean the sculpted area with some kind of solvent because of having trouble with the paint not sticking to the apoxie. I personally just keep a small bowl with water close by and wet my fingers when working with it :). It's so much easier to work with and smooth it out, and it'll be good to paint once it's hard since water will simply evaporate without leaving any kind of residue. You can also wet the tip of your sculpting tools so the clay doesn't stick to them either. Hope this helps! ^^

Ah and don't worry about the mask and gloves :lol: I wear none of that! There's a very very slim chance one might be too sensitive to one of the parts of the clay when handling it (something like a burning feeling on your hands). In that case wearing gloves is recommended, but if you've already handled it without trouble then you're good ^^.
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QuoteCentric Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
YAYYY! Apoxie addicts club! Do I get my own badge? :XD:

Yeah, I don't think lotion would work for me. I don't like the clay sticking, but lotion has a tendency to make my hands a bit slippery, and too much slip isn't good for sculpting, either. So, bowl of water, check! :iconcheckplz:

I don't usually sand with masks, myself, but I noticed the stuff smells like the resin I use to cast jewelry, which according to some sources, can't be good for you. I was wondering if they suggested masks in case of inhaling too much of the dust when sanding. But, I work with tiny pieces, so it's more than likely not a problem. :)

And, another question: some of the Apoxie cracked a little when I was sanding it down. Adding more stuff would just take more time and more sanding, so I was wondering if a glue (like Sculpy glaze, Glossy Accents, or even just the varnish I use) could work to seal the cracks together without leaving a visible seam?
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DeeKary Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Ahh you do cast jewelry? Awesome! :D I recently came back from a jewelry course and was interested in learning cast jewelry as well ^^.

As for sealing cracks, you could try using any of the ones you mentioned. My favorite thing to use though is super glue :XD:. If I crack something that's already cured almost to the point of breaking completely I use a tiny drop of it, spread it all over the crack, press it to seal again, and then do a tiny bit of sanding to even out the surface ^^. I had to do that with Chrysalis' horn :XD: and it worked pretty good :). But if you find out that something else works better for you then use it definitely! :D
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QuoteCentric Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Thanks for the link! And, you're right, Amazon is killer on the shipping prices. I looked on Ebay, and there seem to be some nice deals there, too.

I have done quite a bit of sculpting, but it's mostly been with Sculpey. I also worked a bit with epoxy, but it's been with Magic Sculpt--which isn't bad, and even good for household repairs, but it has a tendency to get sticky in hot weather, and doesn't always dry to a smooth finish. I hear Apoxie is glossy when cured.

I've seen a few sampler packs with several colors to try out. I'm wondering if I should get one of those, or just stick with a large pack of white and just paint it.
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ReylPonies Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! I love the extended neck :)
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Alice-of-Africa Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I now see Zecora as my favorite character
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saeth-kaleanae Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012
I don't know if you do commissions, but if so ir if you ever decide to do so let me know :P I'll check your page for information later, so if its on there I'll see it.
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DeeKary Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I do accept commissions, but I'm on hold at the moment ^^ check out my profile page for my working status in my commission waitlist :)
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Pyrobug0 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
That looks awesome.
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catbuscus Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012   Digital Artist
This has to be one of the BEST blind bag customs EVER!
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SirMarza Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
I completely agree... I wish that now that Hasbro has the whole brony merchandise going on will also release some Celestia-tier action figures or better, some of those anime-like statues in high quality and dinamic poses of the cast!
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catbuscus Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012   Digital Artist
No way! I'm really happy to know they might actually do something show quality for once!
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StariaChiba Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
great job! she turned out really well
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AskBubblesthePony Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What paint do you use?? O.o
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DeeKary Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I used regular acrylics :) just used a dab of water to make it run better lol.
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AskBubblesthePony Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ohmigosh, I'm going to go paint stuff!!
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vulpinedesigns Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fantastic job, one of the best Zecoras I've seen! Really smooth finish, and the eyes and markings are just perfect!
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supergeek17 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
She's so beautiful! :iconzecoralaplz:
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Wooden-Flashlight Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
D'AW! I'm so jealous, she's GORGEOUS. Zecora is my favorite character in the whole series <3 She looks amazing!
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TallestZatora Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
:O :iconzecoraplz: TEACH ME THE WAYS!
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FireflyLC Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
oh my gosh this is amazing!! dang i really love this and the eyes are really gorgeous. ahhh so awesome :iconso-awesomeplz:
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SailorKnightWing Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
This is really great. How do you get the sliced surfaces so smooth? My Doctor Whooves has a chunk missing out of his neck because I couldn't get it smooth enough.
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DeeKary Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Wetting the tip of your slicing tool (in my case an exacto knife) helps the slicing to go smoother :) also you have to do it little by little rather than a single chop :p.
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SamanthaWolfox Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
did you make this out of clay

omg its amazing
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DeeKary Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
No :) the body was originally a blind bag figure. There's a work in progress picture in the description ^^
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SamanthaWolfox Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
im asking did you make this out of clay
or something like that

its very creative
ur icon is adorable btw
I love how the heart is repainted over and over again
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DeeKary Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
well the sculpted parts yes, they are Apoxie clay, and thank you <3.
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SamanthaWolfox Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
daww

u welcomz :iconhugsplz:
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Raph13th Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
If only the blind bags had this level of quality.
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SoulveiWinterfall Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is beautiful!
I must ask, since I had such a hard time with it, how did you get her bracelets to wrap around her leg so flawlessly?
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DeeKary Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Well it was pretty hard to make it work xD. I wrapped a piece of Apoxie clay the size of the bangles combined, making sure it bonded with the leg/neck, and once it was set I shaped the bangles with an exacto knife :) I just marked the grooves by pressing gently, instead of cutting. It was all with tiny sculpting tools lol :lol:
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SoulveiWinterfall Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
That makes a lot more sense than the way I tried to do it. I rolled each bracelet individually and placed them on her leg one at a time. I will try your method next time: it sounds loads more efficient!
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viking38 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
just perfect
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FullmetalotakuDCK Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is, hooves down, the best blindbag-size Zecora custom i've seen. Excellent job!
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Unisamas Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is such an amazing difference! You are truly epic! :love:
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wolf-luvr-liz Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
You did fantastic on her!! :)
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Goldenecho Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
its so... AMA-ZING!!!1! :D :D
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Tonboko Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Amazing!!!! I wish I had the courage to try something like this.
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psaply Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
Beautiful work! I would keep her too :D
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myosotis22 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012   General Artist
Wow! That's amazing!! Although...What's a "blind bag"?
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