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Title: Restoring Princess Pony Cutie Marks
Post by: littletulula on September 15, 2021, 05:05:22 PM
Hi all, I've thought about how one would go about restoring a Princess Pony's cutie mark when the silver begins to chip, and I haven't really seen any talk about what one would do. What do you guys think of "silver" leaf? Do you think pasting that onto the cutie mark would be a good fix? What tips have you all tried when restoring a Princess Pony? Would love to hear what you all think. 😊
Title: Re: Restoring Princess Pony Cutie Marks
Post by: tailrustedtealeaf on September 15, 2021, 05:13:44 PM
I think I usually hear of metallic paint being used for their symbols, but I'd love to see how the silver leaf would turn out. :)
Title: Re: Restoring Princess Pony Cutie Marks
Post by: WingsOfMasquerade on September 16, 2021, 01:57:23 AM
The princess pony symbols are an interesting thing.
They are made of Electroplate Plastic, that's why they're so shiny. It has an actual property of metal. This can only be done in a factory and it only works on hard plastic items. Things known for it were original She Ra Entrapta doll and the line called Spectra Dolls had it as their entire gimmick. It really is very pretty! It's too bad it can't be done in the home.

I can say that silverleaf DOES work on them, I've done it.
You stick it down with modpodge and then layer modpodge over it. However, leafing is usually a little bit 'crackly' or textured, I've never had it come out glossy/smooth like the originals. I think that you can also enamel paint (aka nail polish the pony no no) on the symbol because it is a completely different plastic than pony-plastic and thus doesn't get sticky or corrupted later like it does when it gets on pony skin. I have seen people do it because enamel is higher spec than metallic acryllics so of course it'd be tempting to use it to fix. But, metal/modpodge is proven to not react with anything so your silver leafing idea is probably best.
*If you go through with it, I'd see before/afters here!
Title: Re: Restoring Princess Pony Cutie Marks
Post by: starrynights on September 16, 2021, 02:39:13 AM
Would love to see a before/after of what you end up doing :)
Title: Re: Restoring Princess Pony Cutie Marks
Post by: Wardah on September 16, 2021, 04:48:34 AM
Speaking of Spectra, someone attempted to make the head match and did a pretty good job.
https://www.instagram.com/p/CB5p5jPjBj-/

They used chrome powders like the kind used for nails. I bet that could work too.
Title: Re: Restoring Princess Pony Cutie Marks
Post by: ScotchHop on September 16, 2021, 08:21:36 AM
Speaking of Spectra, someone attempted to make the head match and did a pretty good job.
https://www.instagram.com/p/CB5p5jPjBj-/

They used chrome powders like the kind used for nails. I bet that could work too.

This is very cool! Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Restoring Princess Pony Cutie Marks
Post by: Purpleglasses on September 22, 2021, 11:22:28 PM
Really interesting to read about electroplated plastic! I didn’t know about that process.

I just saw a video where someone tested out a product called Liquid Mirror. It’s a highly reflective paint made by the same folks who make a product similar to Vantablack but without the restrictions on who can use it. It’s pricey but it might look really good in this application! Here’s where you can buy some:  https://www.culturehustleusa.com/products/mirror?gclid=Cj0KCQjwqKuKBhCxARIsACf4XuFe7p3zdh4mRG2gL69rcCtQ5WuMzq-pKfkTUZvLNKI695NywGBHbr4aAm6-EALw_wcB (https://www.culturehustleusa.com/products/mirror?gclid=Cj0KCQjwqKuKBhCxARIsACf4XuFe7p3zdh4mRG2gL69rcCtQ5WuMzq-pKfkTUZvLNKI695NywGBHbr4aAm6-EALw_wcB)

And here’s a link to a video of someone testing it out:  https://youtu.be/jyXTr32ZHJk (https://youtu.be/jyXTr32ZHJk)

Hope that’s useful!
Title: Re: Restoring Princess Pony Cutie Marks
Post by: Leave a Whisper on September 24, 2021, 04:11:30 PM
There's metallic paints, and chromatic paint pens.
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