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.]

February 26, 2014 9:44 pm

retrogradeworks:

I posted a little tutorial for making a simple, air dry clay wig (ie: Model Magic or Creatology).  The clay dries flexible and is super easy to work with.  I know a lot of people weren’t fans of the sculpted wigs, but I loved them, so I wanted to try making my own :D.

Such an adorable wig! Thank you so much for the tutorial on how you made it~

4:28 pm

Hello Everyone!

Just wanted to put a quick note up here while I have a spare moment.

I sincerely apologize for the lack of posts, and question answering lately. There are about 30+ questions waiting to be answered, and I promise to answer them all soon.

My full time job just went into overtime, and I haven’t had any spare time to run this blog. Hopefully in the next couple of months my work will slow down, and I can pick this blog back up full time. For now, I’ll try to answer the questions I’ve received during my off-time and on weekends.

Thank you all for being so patient with me, and for all of the new followers joining!The giveaway has to be pushed back another month or so, since some of the giveaway items got lost in the mail. I’m re-ordering them, but it will take some time to get here.

Hope you are all doing well, and working on fun dolly projects!

~Momo the Mod

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February 18, 2014 1:43 pm

askerquestioner

Anonymous: Hi! My sister ruined my Spectra's leg paint. Is repainting them with white spray paint and sealing it with mr super clear a good idea?

fatmammie:

dolltutorials:

I think this would be ok, but make sure to use an acrylic spray paint. (no enamel or anything else that could damage the plastic)

It’s also probably a good idea to give the doll a good washing first, then don’t touch her legs with your bare hands. (use gloves)

Spray sealant first, then the paint, then seal again.

You may still get chipping in places where the joints bend, but I think this method would work as a temporary fix.

Liquitex Titanium White acrylic can be used to patch it. It is EXACLTY the same color and will have the same texture if dabbed on with a cosmetic sponge or cotton swab. Of course, this is best for patching areas where the color is solid, and not where it’s fading out to clear. In that case you would want an airbrush or spray as suggested.

I’ve had to patch my Spectra’s chipped legs out of the box and was so happy to find the perfect color match.

Excellent information, thank you!

11:31 am

askerquestioner

Anonymous: Does EAH got the same neck peg as MH doll? Also I wonder if I could remove EAH doll's head the same way with MH heads? Thanks in advance!

I was not able to find a picture of the EAH neck pegs, surprisingly! :O

I think you should be able to remove the heads in the same manner, but I don’t know what the EAH peg looks like.

Can anybody provide a comparison photo??

Extra info from notes:

kingdomofdolls said: Yes its the same way I’ve rerooted Apple White and its the same peg.

11:12 am

askerquestioner

Anonymous: Any tips/tutorials for repainting a eah doll?

The same process for repainting Ever After High, Monster High (or other) dolls is about the same. EAH dolls have a bit of a flatter face, unlike the MH dolls that have sculpted features. (There are lots of repaint tutorials available here, just poke around the tags section.)

I’d suggest having a good plan before you start, so you know what you want to accomplish. It might also be good to make some light guidelines on the face while you plan things out, that can be removed later (water color pencil is best). Practice makes perfect, so even if you don’t like the first attempt, you can wipe it and try again!

10:59 am

askerquestioner

Anonymous: Hi! My sister ruined my Spectra's leg paint. Is repainting them with white spray paint and sealing it with mr super clear a good idea?

I think this would be ok, but make sure to use an acrylic spray paint. (no enamel or anything else that could damage the plastic)

It’s also probably a good idea to give the doll a good washing first, then don’t touch her legs with your bare hands. (use gloves)

Spray sealant first, then the paint, then seal again.

You may still get chipping in places where the joints bend, but I think this method would work as a temporary fix.

February 14, 2014 10:44 am

askerquestioner

Anonymous: I'm all ready to spray sealant on my dolls for the first time, but then I read up I need a respirator mask. Could I just hold my breath while spraying and not breathe until I'm far away, or should I just fork over the money for a mask?

retrogradeworks:

hellohappylisa:

fyeahbjdmods:

No. No no. No no no.

Please get a mask. The good ones are less than $30 and it’s a one-time purchase to keep you safe.

When I was younger I made the same mistake, only I used a bandanna and a dust mask and I was coughing for three hours.

Please get a respirator, sealants are not something you just hold your breath for.

Get a respirator AND hold your breath lol.

Yo, dawgs.  Listen up:  You need to make sure dat respirator is NIOSH approved to filter particles, since that’s the shit you’re worried about getting in yo’self.  Also wash yo’ hands afterward and getchoself some gloves and safety glasses.  That shit gets all.  Up.  In.  Everything.  Everything including yo’ skin and clothes.

In all seriousness, I’m sick of seeing people saying that simple dust masks are enough (not here, specifically, but a lot of other places).  They are not.  You need a particulate respirator.  Make sure you read the instructions on creating a seal, otherwise you’ll still be breathing that crap in.  The dust also settles on your clothing and exposed skin, so like, don’t be wearing that shit around for a long time afterward without washing them.  Yes, including your skin.  Wash it.  This is just good advice in general.

For that matter, anytime you’re atomizing particles, you should be wearing a particulate respirator (ie: airbrushing, spraypainting, etc).  Some types of paint and chalk pastels are created using pigments (cadmium, for one) which carry heavy metals or other toxic substances, so when you airbrush with them or shave the pastel (stirring up dust), it releases them into the air.

Great advice!!
Don’t ruin your health over something as silly as not wearing a respirator.

February 13, 2014 11:20 am

retrogradeworks:

Another Workspace Wednesday!  This time around, I’m working on a metric crapton of dolls >_>.  You can read more over here at my blog: http://retrogradeworks.blogspot.com

Thank you for the lovely blank shots of the new ladies~ :D

Documentation in case people need it:

Left: Gigi Grant

Middle: Jane Boolittle

Right: Honey Swamp

February 11, 2014 11:22 am

askerquestioner

Anonymous: I didn't know who else to ask,but where can I find pastel rainbow/candy wigs in a size 5-6?

There are lots of places to look for wigs!

Ebay and Etsy are always a good place, but here are a few other shops that sell that size. Many BJD retailers sell wigs in general, and many of them offer the 5-6 size.

Just search Ebay/Etsy for “bjd wig 5-6”. You could even add on the name of the color you are looking for. (ie: bjd wig 5-6 blue/pink/rainbow/etc)

As far as rainbow/candy wigs, that’s just something you’ll have to search for I imagine. I don’t know of a specific place that sells just those colors.

Mint on Card, a popular BJD shop has some:

http://www.mintoncardinc.com/dolls/browse.php?toys=shop&BJD=121&name=BJD+Wigs+5/6&cbh=73

Denver Doll Emporium also has some:

http://www.denverdoll.com/leekeworldwigs56.php

Here are some other shops with 5-6 wig sections:

http://moniquewigs.com/wig01.html

http://www.rubyredgalleria.com/doll-wigs-size-56-127cm-1524cm-strawberina-latiyellow-rosenlied-monday-and-others-c-40_73.html

http://www.facetsbymarcia.com/wigshop56a.htm

http://www.oobiedoll.com/shop/category.aspx?catid=40

You could also ask some sellers on Etsy that make BJD wigs to make one in a custom color for you.

11:12 am

askerquestioner

adr1s: Hi there! do you happen to know what's the circumference of the head on an Ever After High doll? I want to estimate how much hair I'm gonna need for a reroot, thank you so much!

Hello Adr1s~

RequiemArt has posted this information here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/requiemart/11829377224/

http://dolltutorials.tumblr.com/post/57348858890/requiemart-monster-high-ever-after-high