Tutorials for Doll Customizers

Welcome to my tutorial blog! I love scouring the internet for doll tutorials of all kinds, and sharing them with the community. Hope they help you out in some way! Please let me know if you want a tutorial added. [Click on the Tags page to view the different categories.]

August 23, 2014 5:46 pm
ashgutz:

Spent a good chunk of the day drawing up a packaging tips chart for my commission page. ♥ 

This is very helpful, thank you!  :D

ashgutz:

Spent a good chunk of the day drawing up a packaging tips chart for my commission page. ♥ 

This is very helpful, thank you! :D

August 18, 2014 3:06 pm

trucetmuche:

First tutorial for the first Tutorial Sunday

How to print your own fabric Part 2. Great for doll clothe when you can’t find a pattern that fits your doll’s size ^ç^.

(I did NOT draw the images I used in this ‘tutorial’, I found them here on Tumblr ages ago but I can’t find the source, I believe they belong to Mibu-no-ookami on Deviantart but if you know for sure who draw them please tell me so I can credit them)

Thank you again! ♥

3:05 pm

trucetmuche:

First tutorial for the first Tutorial Sunday

How to print your own fabric Part 1. Great for doll clothe when you can’t find a pattern that fits your doll’s size ^ç^.

(I did NOT draw the images I used in this ‘tutorial’, I found them here on Tumblr ages ago but I can’t find the source, I believe they belong to Mibu-no-ookami on Deviantart but if you know for sure who draw them please tell me so I can credit them)

Very cool tutorial, thank you for sharing!

August 7, 2014 1:23 pm

beansproutmomo:

Whooo! I got Avea to rear up… kinda. XD

Took skin comparison pictures of Jane Boolittle and Avea Trotter, since they are pretty similar in skin color. Not too bad a match, but Jane is a darker purple by a smidgen.

The last picture is Avea with Jane’s hands on instead.

Reblogging here for skin comparison reference. :)

August 6, 2014 3:45 pm
ohsqueals:

Not that I have any use for tiny hangers.

But we do! hehe
Thanks for the great tutorial!

ohsqueals:

Not that I have any use for tiny hangers.

But we do! hehe

Thanks for the great tutorial!

(Source: m.weheartit.com, via resinlings)

July 12, 2014 11:48 pm

attlebridge:

My latest Junk Doll project; an old Volks F-05 (now F-03).

You know my secrets about de-yellowing resin; now I must kill you.

…just kidding! Spread the word and try it yourself. :)

Great tutorial, wow! Thank you so much!

(via jenkatdollsnfurryfriends)

July 8, 2014 10:08 am

sicktress:

It’s past my bedtime so of course my brain came up with the idea to make a scarring tutorial! I hope this can help someone.

Also this creeped me out because I think it looks WAY too real. So, trigger warnings:

tw: scars - tw: cuts and please let me know if I need to add more tags!

Simple and effective, thank you so much! :D

July 1, 2014 6:51 pm

how to make wings!

eveningdreams8:

due to the popularity of the wings post i did i made a tutorial on how i make these :>

i will show you how to make something like this (this method can be applied to all sorts of wings so don’t click away!) :

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they can be used as wings for your doll or as the ones i made for this tutorial for a costume (these will go on a dolls head )

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These are lovely, thank you for sharing!

June 27, 2014 1:56 pm

askerquestioner

Anonymous: Is krylon matte finish safe to use on pullips, mh, eah, and mlp?

nonaptime:

dolltutorials:

Please refer to this tag for all answers regarding sealants: link

Here is the exact post you need. Basically, no it’s not safe because it contains acetone.

Update with notes:

periwinkleimp said: All spray sealants actually contain acetone. Acetone is needed to create a chemical reaction. The difference is in the combination of ingredients together. Most sealants include something that isn’t compatible with plastecine in vinyl dolls.

I’ve only learned this recently so I hope it’s helpful information for others in finding alternative sealants to MSC.

All, if not most, sealants contain acetone. It is used as a vehicle or cause a chemical reaction. The danger is in all of the ingredients a brand uses in combination. Some or a combination of ingredients together don’t play well with the Plasticine in vinyl dolls. Plasticine is what allows doll heads to be soft and squishy. Side effects include plastic melting or permanently sticky faces. 

If you ever go to a hobby/craft store or hardware store, look for someone who is knowledgeable about clear coat sprays and ask for the following:

  • Is it safe for plastics/vinyl dolls in particular?
  • Is it known to have adverse reaction to Plasticine?

Clear coats that are “acrylic” based are usually a safe bet such as Liquitex matte varnish if you are willing to invest in an airbrush. I’ve recently discovered a Krylon acrylic finish that might even be a good candidate.

A brief discussion with an expert at my local craft store claims that most western clear sealants contain something that are harmful or reactive to Plasticine. Japanese clear coats do not contain whatever that ingredient is which is why they work better despite having acetone in them.

Before my inbox gets flooded, I don’t have all the answers. I share my experience with what might be a good alternative to MSC in hopes that others would also share their knowledge or insights! You can follow a lot of those experiments at my blog (please stick to the comment section for discussion so that the info is available to others).

Excellent information, thank you so much for the help!

1:51 pm

askerquestioner

Anonymous: Is krylon matte finish safe to use on pullips, mh, eah, and mlp?

sakurah:

dolltutorials:

Please refer to this tag for all answers regarding sealants: link

Here is the exact post you need. Basically, no it’s not safe because it contains acetone.

Update with notes:

periwinkleimp said: All spray sealants actually contain acetone. Acetone is needed to create a chemical reaction. The difference is in the combination of ingredients together. Most sealants include something that isn’t compatible with plastecine in vinyl dolls.

On Pullips, it is a giant NO. Once you use that shit to seal, it will ruin your doll’s face-up AND cannot be removed. I’ve tried sanding it out, and it was pretty much impossible.

On my second custom, I used a brush-on sealant called Delta Ceramcoat, which worked out pretty well, except the fact that brush-on sealants are tricky to use.

For soft vinyl/hard plastic like MH, EAH and MLP (I believe it’s all soft vinyl), it is not recommended. As dolltutorials wrote out, it contains acetone, WHICH WILL EAT AT THE PLASTIC THE LONGER IT STAYS ON. Generally, acetone can be used to remove face-ups/details from the soft vinyl heads. It is not recommended to use acetone on hard plastic as that stuff’s pretty much doomed.

Most customizers tend to prefer Mr. Super Clear (and this applies to all the dolls/toys you mentioned, Anon), but please take care and make sure you have the right respirator equipment to use it as MSC is toxic.

Go get enlightened and happy customizing! ♥

(Note: Saku is still a noob about all this, so don’t take my word for this. :’D Links and references and tutorials are your best friends!)

Reblogging for extra info, thank you!