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.]

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!

1:49 pm

askerquestioner

Anonymous: Hello~ First off, thank you so much for running this blog! Everything you post (including your Q&As) have been very helpful. I tried researching this on my own but, couldn't find information. I want to do a boil wash/curl on Viperine's hair however, I'm not sure on how to do it bc of the snakes glued to the bottom of her head. Would it be okay to leave them in for the boil wash/curl or should I remove them? Thank you!!

fatmammie:

dolltutorials:

Hello and thank you so much!

Wow good question! XD I would think it’s ok to leave them, but when you dunk her hair in the hot water, just dunk the hair part not the snakes. Hold her upside down, and dunk in hot water, then in cold to set, and lay her out to dry completely.

Hope that helps! If anyone has done this differently, please feel free to weigh in!

It won’t hurt to boil the snakes. It will make them pliable, so you wouldn’t want to lay her down on top of them while they cool or they will change position.
Of course, if you WANT to change their position, then boil them, move them while they’re still hot and run her head under cold water to set them.

Thanks for the extra info. Good to know!

1:48 pm

askerquestioner

Anonymous: Quick question: do you know if Toralei has hollow ears? I want to cut them off and make Neytiri (or just Na'vi) and I'm not able to get liquid fusion. I can't find it in any of my local stores and ordering online is just too expensive :/

I believe all MH dolls with ears are solid. :D
You could try Loctite Vinyl Glue instead of liquid fusion. More info about this product here: link

1:27 pm

askerquestioner

Anonymous: I want to make a draculaura pinker, if i dye her will all parts of her body take up the color well. I just want to make her a few tones pinker.

Nope, unfortunately not. The MH bodies and heads are made up of several different plastics.

Your best/easiest bet would be to seal her completely with MSC or another acceptable sealant, and blush her with a darker pink chalk pastel.

1:25 pm

askerquestioner

Anonymous: I'm on a bit of a budget and I was wondering if regular colored pencils, chalk and hair spray would work for a repaint instead of prismacolors, pastel chalk and msc?

Regular colored pencils won’t really work because they have wax in them.
Regular chalk probably won’t work very well, since they aren’t really pastels.

Hairspray is not a proper sealant, and will not work.

My advice is to just save up, clip some coupons, and try and hit the sales at craft stores. You just can’t beat using the right materials.You can find watercolor pencils and chalk pastels for pretty cheap, especially with a coupon. If you hit up Joann’s, you can use ALL THE COUPONS at once. :D
MSC is another story, but if you look through the sealant tag you can read up on other things you can use.

1:21 pm

askerquestioner

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

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.