1983 G1 RAINBOW PONY
Sunlight is a G1 Rainbow Pony, part of the Hasbro My Little Pony range. Stamped 1983, she's slightly older than myself and in need of fresh new look. In her damaged condition she is referred to as a "bait pony "or in "bait condition" - perfect for customisation. I love the idea of giving new life to vintage toys that would otherwise be considered unsalvageable. Attempting a My Little Pony customisation has been on my mind for years. It was finally time to brave up and give it a proper crack.
THE INITIAL CLEAN UP
I gave Sunlight a gentle scrub with warm soapy water to remove years of built up dirt and oil, then washed and conditioned her hair. It looks as though it may have been trimmed slightly at some point, but was otherwise in good nick. Her glitter cutie mark was worn and deteriorated on both sides and her eye was scratched. I removed all factory paint using acetone on a cotton pad, which also worked well to lift some of the more stubborn marks. Removing the cutie mark revealed some pretty severe glitter stains!
STUDIO FRIDAY 08.05.20
After painting Sunlight's body with thinned acrylic, Studio Friday gave me the chance I needed to get stuck into her styling. Using Apoxie Sculpt, I created a three-dimensional cutie mark in the form of a biscuit (or cookie) and pushed in some of my faux sugar pearls. Once dry and painted, I covered her rump with some drippy, gooey "strawberry chocolate" topped with faux polymer clay sprinkles.
Once her body was put aside to try, I turned my attention to Sunlight's face. Being a pony of the 80's, colour block makeup and a perm was a look she could definitely rock. I initially planned custom cabochons for her eyes, but this proved difficult and didn't look quite right. Instead, I made her a Twinkled Eyed Pony by embedding a set of beautiful green vintage rhinestones. I wrapped her hair around straws and left it to dry overnight.
SUNLIGHT BECOMES SUGAR RUSH
And here she is! All finished, with 80's spunk and a serious sweet tooth. I had so much fun doing this My Little Pony custom and can't wait to do more. Now Sunlight just needs a cool new name to go with her fab new look. Say hello to Sugar Rush. I love that this name also ties to the band Rush that was big in the 80s. Stay tuned for more fun My Little Pony customisations and restorations in the future!