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 3, 2014 12:10 pm

askerquestioner

Anonymous: Does anyone have a pattern (or something pre-made) for MH/EAH underwear? Molded panties are my pet peeve, and I'd like some "real" undies for my guys and ghouls!

I haven’t seen any for MH/EAH in particular, but here are some great tutorials you can use for making boxers, panties, and bras:

http://dolltutorials.tumblr.com/post/59705719768/how-to-make-bjd-underwire-bras-and-panties-by

http://dolltutorials.tumblr.com/post/59704989101/how-to-make-bjd-boxer-shorts-by-rodianangel-on

They are for BJDs, but you could size it down while still following the tutorials.

12:07 pm

askerquestioner

violetvondergeist: Hi! :) On average how much hair would I need to reroot a Monster High head? I've heard about 4 bags? For reference I would be buying from MyLittleCustoms.

Hi there, violetvondergeist!

According to this person on Flickr, she needed 4 bags from MyLittleCustoms:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/highsocietycyclops/8388330733/in/pool-mylittlecustoms/

Here is some more info from a Dolls n Daggers thread:

http://www.dolls-n-daggers.com/Dolls/Forum/index.php?topic=2967.0

If you buy hanks from RestoreDoll, you’re going to need about 2-3 hanks of hair for a standard barbie. Always, ALWAYS buy more then what you need, (which I buy 3 of a color from there) It’s always better to have too much then not enough. ^_~ About 4-5 hanks for a Monster high doll.

If you buy from Dollyhair, you’ll need only one for a standard barbie, which I usually go for long length so I have extra,.. And a Hank and a half for a Monster high. Dolly hair also lets you do custom blends which are beautiful. 

If you are looking to buy in bulk of the same color, you can buy 6-8 hanks from Restore doll or 2-3 from Dollyhair for One barbie and One Monster high doll depending on how thick you’d like their hair to be. it will roughly cost the same at both places, but compare prices to what is best for you.

As a side note, here is a great article on comparing synthetic hair:

http://reflectionsbyice.com/wp/2011/12/31/synthetic-hair-comparison/

(I think I’ve posted this link before)

Hope that helps!

12:00 pm

askerquestioner

Anonymous: I'm looking for a comparison pic that includes MH CAM Vampire, Dragon, Mystic Add-On (Pink) and Werecat. Can you help?

I could take a picture comparing the CAM Vamp and Dragon, but I do not own the other two.

Would someone else be able to take a comparison photo with these?
It might also be helpful to have other pink-skinned characters on there too. (Gigi, CAM Harpy (she’s pink/purple-ish), Viperine, Draculaura, etc)

January 31, 2014 2:36 pm

retrogradeworks:

Elissabat’s repaint tutorial :).  I tried a lot of new things with her.  I still don’t like glossy eyes, but they worked for her, I think.

Another fabulous repaint tutorial by Retrogradeworks! ♥

January 30, 2014 9:43 am

askerquestioner

fatmammie: RE: Boiling Clawdia's head after mouth mod. We bought some Loctite liquid super glue to try it out. I left the glue to cure for about an hour, used barely steaming water from a kettle, soaked her head 30 seconds then ran her under cold water from the tap. The glue was not affected. No discoloration, didn't let go etc. Now we know :)

retrogradeworks:

Great!  This is very useful to know :).

Thank you for the info!

January 28, 2014 3:57 pm

kitkatghost:

elle-est-aimee:

How to, step-by-step, make expressions mean different things by changing just one facial feature at a time. *shrug* I’m not very good at explaining how I do expressions, I just…feel out what kinds of muscles seem to fit and tweak those. And sometimes, ever so slightly, little adjustments could mean the difference between fury and euphoria. 

reference,

This is a great guide!
Could be helpful when choosing an expression for a face repaint.

(via oak23)

3:54 pm

askerquestioner

bridgetkeelybjd: Hey Alex :) I asked you a question a while ago about flocking a wig to get the half shaved look. I haven't seen the answer so I think I just never saw it go up or it didn't go through for some reason. I was wondering if you had any tutorials or info on how to actually do "flocking"? Thanks so much!

fyeahbjdmods:

Yes, I have it right here! It’s been at least a year since I’ve gotten such a question, and here are some links for you!

The original question I mentioned, with example of a flocked 8/9 BJD wig.

Buy flocking material here, here, and here!

You can also make your own flocking by cutting up very fine the remains of whatever wig you may be altering, though if you’re starting from scratch it might be best to save the wefts and just get flocking powder.

Cool flocking process on a mohair wig here, by gunkiss!

Flocking tutorial via flickr by a fashion doll customizer, so wigs are not involved. Obviously this process would be best for a direct application, something that’s not wholly recommended for use on resin BJDs. (glue may cause damage, space between headcap and flocking may look a bit bizarre, but overall it’d just be a pain to have to repeat the process every time you redid a faceup).

Also check out a fellow tumblr DollTutorials’s flocking tag.

Really though the simplest explanation of the process is glue/adhesive, flocking powder, glue, flocking powder, and continue on until you get the right consistency.

Great flocking info, and thanks for the shoutout! ♥

2:50 pm

QUICK EYEBROW TIP - THIS CAN CHANGE YOUR ENTIRE FACE!
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This eyebrow guide demonstrates how to make a nose look wider or thinner, depending on how far apart you space the brow edges.

Might be helpful for doing faceups!

2:41 pm

Found this cute hair tutorial on youtube! Since that Frozen movie is so popular right now, here is a guide on how to replicate her hairstyle.

Figured maybe someone would want to try it out on a doll. ♥

2:24 pm

askerquestioner

Anonymous: I'm confused on what order to put my custom MH together in: If I reroot her first, I'm worried I'll get sealant/makeup in her hair! But if I do the face first I'm worried it'll crack/chip when I try to put her head back on. :s

A good order to go in, from what I’ve seen and tried myself, kind of goes like this:

  1. Reroot
  2. Put head back on doll
  3. Cover hair with paper towel/tape/cling wrap/etc, and tape off hairline at the edge
  4. Repaint face
  5. Style hair

If you look back through some of the repaint tutorials posted here, that can also give you an idea on how different people do this order in their own way.

If anyone else would like to share their process, please add to this post!