Saturday, December 20, 2014

Frankie Stein Monster High Doll Repaint Faceup Demo Tutorial

Here is another quick photo demo of my latest Frankie Stein repaint, or faceup.  I forget what Frankie this was, as I have dolls for months or more before I repaint them. I debox when I get them home and they are stored in a drawer until they are prepped for their repaint.

As always, I start by removing all factory paint with acetone. Don't let anyone ever tell you that acetone is not safe to use on a vinyl fashion doll face. I have been a doll repaint artist for 14 years and can have repainted more than a thousand dolls. ALL of them had their factory paint removed with acetone. Every professional doll artist I know does this. So if anyone tells you otherwise, they are incorrect. What you do not want to do is get acetone on a doll's BODY. It will eat/melt the plastic.  It has no effect, however, on the vinyl face.

 So on with the little photo demo of Frankie and her repaint. In an effort to keep this brief enough to blog about, a lot of steps aren't shown. If you want to see EVERY step I take in a Monster High Doll Repaint Tutorial, check out my popular Tutorial CD that teaches you every single thing you need, from pastels to watercolor pencils to acrylic paint to EXACTLY what brushes you need--- Monster High Makeovers.

If you have enjoyed this Monster High doll repaint demo, check out my Deuce Gorgon demo too!

The finished doll, ready for sale!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Deuce Gorgon Repaint Demo- Watch How I did a Faceup on Deuce Monster HIgh Doll

Just a quick little photo tutorial although I am not actually teaching anything...LOL!! It's just a short repaint demo of how I did my latest Monster High Doll repaint ~ Deuce Gorgon ~ From original doll, who is quite cute BTW, to hot curly haired dude with facial hair.

Deuce Gorgon repaint

Deuce Gorgon repaint

Monster High Deuce Gorgon repaint by Fantasy Dolls

Sunday, December 7, 2014

How to remove Deuce Gorgon's Snake Hair - Monster High Tutorial

Deuce Gorgon has some awesome snake hair. But what do you do if you want to remove Deuce's snake hair helmet? This was my recent problem.

Deuce Gorgon Monster High Doll with head of snakes

I wanted to repaint Deuce, but didn't want to keep his snake hair. When I redo a Monster High doll, I usually redo the hair completely. Deuce is no exception.

When I deboxed Deuce I just assumed his "hair" came off like a helmet. I had no idea it was glued on with glue so strong that it was impossible to pry that snake hair off!

The first thing I did was take a pliers and grab that nest of snakes on top of Deuce Gorgon's head. With a firm tugging I pried the snakes off his head. Start with the front section and pull up. It may take a little effort to remove Deuce's snake heads.

Deuce has his snake removal done

The snakes and the rest of his snake patterned scalp are two separate sections.

Here's what you will see when you pry the snakes off his head. I know that looks like a deep cavernous hole but it isn't.  This could easily be filled in with apoxie sculpt cause unless you wig him, that hole will  make gluing new hair to his head a problem.

The next step is to start at one sideburn and gently pry it up. I used a metal letter opener- The same one I use when I do dolly head and hair removals.

Removing Deuce Gorgon's hair

Pry up as much as you can to loosen it from the sides.

Insert letter opener into the hair on the top of Deuce's head and loosen what you can there as well. If you feel that Deuce's snake hair is stuck on too tightly, you can hasten the process. Boil a pot of water, same as you would for head and hair removal.  Turn off heat.
Let his head soak for 5 minutes in the hot water.  Then use the metal letter opener again and you should be able to get his hair off a little better once the adhesive has softened a bit.

Deuce Gorgon hair removal complete

It is not a pretty sight, what is under Deuce's snake hair. There's a ridge where the hair sat on his head, and maybe some glue residue.

Deuce Gorgon without his snake hair

Now that you have learned how to remove Deuce Gorgon's snake hair, you can consider what you will replace it with. I am unsure whether I am going to make him some dreadlocks, or just use some of my Tibetan Lamb fur to give him a new look.

His repaint is in progress now, so I'll update when he is complete.

Deuce Gorgon has had his repaint! View the results here.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Quick Wig Cap or Wig Holder Tutorial for Doll Wigs

My doll hair obsession has taken off all over the place.  From this has stemmed the need to make wig caps faster and in larger quantities because I am launching a new line of wigs specifically for BJDs.

If you have seen my wig cap tutorial you know that the wig caps are made from fabric and are stiffened with Mod Podge or watered down white glue. When I was making these wig caps just for Monster High Doll Wigs, I always let them dry on the dolls head, which was covered with plastic wrap. When you have a few dozen Monster High dolls laying around, this is not a problem.

However, when you need to make larger size wig caps to fit BJD head sizes 6.5 - 8 and you need to make them in quantity, making them one at a time because you only have ONE BJD doll head to work on is not optimal. So, I created the silliest little gizmo that works so perfectly if you are making wigs in large quantities.

This may not look great, and there are probably better ways to do this, but it works, and that's all that matters.

I always have wooden bases and dowels in my house because I make my own doll stands.

I took one of the larger wood bases and drilled four holes in it. Inserted wood dowels that I cut in two taller sections and two shorter.One of them is crooked.

Step One- Wig cap holder

In lieu of doll heads stuck on the ends of the dowels I used what I had on hand at home. Tin foil to the rescue. You can make the tin foil balls any size you want for the size wig cap you need.

My wig cap holder- a 5 minute job

This couldn't possibly have been quicker or easier. I am all about the easy way.

And here they are with wig caps of assorted large sizes drying on them.

It occurred to me that instead of trying to make the wig ON the doll's head as I always have, that maybe a modified version of my wig cap holder would work. So this is what I made- a single dowel wig cap holder that I now use to make my individual wigs on. Much easier than trying to make it on the head of a 16" doll that I have to hold between my knees!

And that is my weird little wig cap holder tutorial, if you can call it that. :)