Customizing 101: How to Wrap Your Doll’s Hair

August 13, 2017 / no comments

Hey there, friends! Sorry for the double post but I’m trying to get my blog caught up with the progress I’ve made recently. Here’s my newest video from my channel. It’s a quick tip about how to wrap your doll’s hair for sealing. I hope you find it helpful!

A new video will be released tomorrow so keep an eye out!

I’ve made a few dolls since the last post I made. If you want to keep up with my doll ventures and see WIP shots, I post them more often on instagram than I do here. I aim to fix that from now on! If you want to follow me on instagram, it’s www.instagram.com/brassrabbitdolls. I look forward to seeing more of you there!

Monster High Doll Repaint – Madeline (Twyla)

March 9, 2017 / no comments

It’s been a while since I posted, and I have a new Monster High doll repaint to share. In my last post I said I’d be talking about my soon-to-be doll mascot, however, a few things have changed since then. The first one is that I did this doll first because she was quicker and easier, the second one being that I’m MOVING IN 3 WEEKS! I can’t believe it’s this close now, and because of that, I don’t think I’m going to have much time to focus on my more intensive custom dolls I’ve been planning. It’s also why I haven’t posted in a while.

However, I figured it was time to share Madeline. The base is Twyla. I decided I wanted to go for a cute look for her.

The first thing I want to share with this doll is my newfound method for wrapping the doll’s hair and body to protect it from the sealant spray. instead of wrapping the dolls hair similarly to how you’d wrap long hair with towel in real life, I found a different way. The “towel-wrapping” method tended to leave me with many spots on the face covered by the protective material (I was using plastic wrap before) and therefore did not get hit with the sealant when I sprayed, and it would often leave little streaks of congealed sealant around the edge of the plastic on the face. It also refused to stay in place and it would frustrate me beyond imagining. Lastly, when I used plastic wrap, the sealant would dry on the wrap and start flaking off while I was working on the doll and it wasn’t pretty. I didn’t want to have to use new plastic wrap every single time I had to spray sealant on the face, so I tried something new instead.

Using a piece of scrap fabric, I placed the top edge just above the hairline, with the rest of the fabric draping down over the doll’s face and body. I wrapped a very small silicon hair tie around the head at the hairline, then flipped the fabric over to cover the hair, creating a tight seal with the rubber band around the hairline with the edge of the fabric tucked underneath. Then, with the excess length of the fabric, I wrapped the body and used safety pins to secure it closed. I have no idea if that made sense or not but here’s a picture of the final result.

Hair Wrap

This completely eliminated every issue I was having. It was a solution that was almost to good to be true. Plus, since it’s fabric, I can wash it whenever I want by just throwing it in with the rest of my laundry. Though I may fray-check the edges so they don’t unravel too badly!

I went a little more dramatic with this one by adding some darker eyeliner, freckles, and the little highlights on her cheeks. Overall I think she is my favorite one so far. She’s just so cute – the pictures don’t do her justice!

This is also one of the first dolls I made an outfit for. Since I finished her around Valentine’s day, I made her a cute Valentine’s themed outfit. Check out the gallery to see progress pictures and the final result!

It may be a while until my next updates, but I have several dolls in-progress and I have been video recording everything since starting this doll, so hopefully I’ll be starting to make some videos soon! On that note – if you were confused by my explanation of the doll wrapping process I did, I plan on making a short video of how to do it soon. I think it would be helpful to people just starting out and even some veterans too, because I found this method WAY better than any others I’ve seen.

That’s all I have for now! Look out for further updates in April after my big move. TTFN!

Monster High Doll Repaint – Addison (Operetta)

February 9, 2017 / no comments

Hey, I’m back with another monster high doll repaint! I’m going to stop numbering them because to be honest I don’t think it matters anymore.

This was my first doll where I kinda had something in mind. I knew I wanted her to be one of my token goth girls, so I painted her with that in mind.  I knew I also wanted to change her hair up a little bit because I really couldn’t stand that she looked like some kind of 70s diva with those giant curls.

Operetta

I still haven’t been brave enough to do a reroot or wig yet, but that will be coming soon – so I just decided to keep her real hair.

Here are some progress pictures! I kind of accidentally forgot to take more progress pictures from along the way…Oops.

I wanted to push myself a little bit with her, so I decided to also color the scars on her face with gouache paints to look more like a tattoo or something. I went with blue because I just…well, I liked how it looked. There isn’t really much more to it than that.

And now…the final result!

Before - After

To be honest I didn’t run into any major hiccups with this girl. She still had her moments, of course – one thing I did run into with her was I attempted to add more shimmer with my new Pearl Ex pigments. However, I found that after spraying the MSC it makes a lot of the sparkle disappear, unfortunately. In the future I may either just completely overdo it with the sparkle before spraying, or just add the shimmer as a final touch after the sealing so it’s actually visible.

The other snag I hit was finding out that to seal gouache paint, you need to use more sealant – I think. Because once I started styling her hair with water, a ton of the gouache started coming off where I had painted it on the scars. Luckily it wasn’t enough to be noticeable at a glance, but it was still inconvenient. So in the future, I’ll either be using acrylics or put more thought into sealing the areas with gouache.

My next doll (currently a work-in-process) is more ambitious! She is going to eventually be the mascot for this blog, so look forward to seeing her. I’ve run into far more hiccups with her, so that will probably be a more interesting post to read about. 😉

TTFN!

Doll Repaint No. 3 – Draculaura

February 2, 2017 / no comments

Hey everyone! I’m back again with another complete faceup! This time the lucky girl was none other than Draculaura – the daughter of Dracula himself! Though, to be honest, her new name is Lilian and she looks very different now. From now on I’m expecting these blog posts to be shorter, just because I’m getting into the swing of faceups and as I keep practicing I have less mishaps to share with everyone. I’m sure that will change every so often though, as you can never stop learning and practicing, right?

I had a lot of fun with this one. I started out my Monster High faceup adventure with Clawdeen – now renamed to Sasha – who is a girl with darker skin. It was a whole new experience to switch to a doll with a lighter skin tone! Everything showed up way more vibrantly – but also, my mistakes were way more obvious! Which, if you think about it, is a good thing, because that makes it easier to fix them going forward.

To start out, here is how she looked when I first bought her from good ol’ Goodwill. Frizzy, sticky hair and backwards hands.

Draculara

The hands were easy to fix, and the hair wasn’t too bad either. Still haven’t really found the trick to getting rid of the stickiness though. So far I have tried washing the hair with dawn dish soap in cold water – It seems like it maybe helps a little bit, but not nearly enough for me to be happy. I’ve heard of the baby powder method but have yet to try it, as I don’t want to risk lightening the hair too much. I might still go for it though eventually. We’ll see. If anyone reading this has any other methods for me to try, please let me know in the comments, as I would like to know!

And here is the progression from that to near the end.

And the final result? ~Drum roll~

Ta-da! A lovely new faceup for this girl! Since I’m still just a beginner, I decided to go the route of a more natural look once again. This time I gave her a simple hairstyle too – I chose to go with a french braid. I think it suits her well. I really like how she turned out, but I still have a long ways to go before I hopefully am able to come up with results I think are truly amazing!

Before & After

Look forward to my next post about my newest doll, Addison! I completed her before I wrote this post. I really like her, and I can definitely tell I’m getting better and I’m also getting more comfortable with the idea of taking risks with colors and shapes and such.

TTFN!

Repainting My Second Doll – MH Clawdeen

January 21, 2017 / no comments

We are back for round 2!

LONG before I felt that my first doll was finished, I gave up and started on a Monster High doll instead. Things went WAY more smoothly this time, but I still hit some bumps along the way.

The lucky lady receiving this new faceup is none other than Clawdeen Wolf! The first thing I did in my makeover of this doll is fix that horribly frizzy hair of hers by boil-washing it. It was like night and day! Unfortunately, she also had the greasy glue-hair problem, but I decided to wait until after I had done her faceup to tackle that issue.

Before & After Boil Washing

Off comes her paint. First thing I noticed was her factory paint was much easier to remove than the factory paint on the Moxie Girlz doll. It took a lot less effort to get it all off! Still, I think eventually I’d like to get some pure acetone so it comes of even more easily, because I did have to put quite a bit of elbow grease into it.

Factory Faceup Removed

I was still waiting for the Mister Super Clear to arrive. It took darn near forever! Or at least it felt like it. In reality it was probably just around a week. For now I had to stick to Testors.

2 coats, waiting at least 30 minutes or an hour each, and we were ready to go! After sketching in her eyes (which holy crap looked SO much better when I had the sculpting as a guide, just, wow so much better), I started blushing her face with pastels, and already something began to feel off. The pastels seemed to be sticking more than they should have, and on her right cheek I noticed a giant line where some of the sealant had gotten concentrated, and I tried to lift some of the pastels off using my kneaded eraser. Except it wasn’t working.

I realized too late that with the Testors needed FAR more time to dry than MSC does. I got impatient and started too soon, so those pastels were going absolutely nowhere. So I kind of just had to stick with her looking like she has a bulging vein splayed across her face…Luckily it doesn’t show up in pictures really so I’m conveniently leaving a picture of that out 😉

However, after that, I learned to wait a few hours after sealing to start doing my next layer of colors. At this time, I was so, SO ready for my MSC to just frickin’ get here already! It was a pain to have to wait so long between coats when all I could think about was finishing her faceup!

Progress Pictures

Then, finally the MSC arrived! Yay!

Mr. Super Clear!

I actually started working on my 3rd doll after this using the MSC, but she’ll be in my next post. I continued to work on both of these side by side now that I had the MSC in my possession. It was such a relief. I could tell after spraying my 3rd doll that the MSC was going to work so much better. It dried looking much more matte which is what I wanted, and the colors even seemed to go on much more easily with MSC than with the Testors.

Eventually, I got to the point where I was happy enough with her face to do the eye highlights with gouache, the final seal, and the gloss varnish for the lips. As for the hair glue problem, I washed her hair with dawn dish soap two times in cold water – it didn’t get rid of all of it, but I could definitely tell an improvement. Eventually I may decide to try a couple other things to fix it. All-in-all, I think it’s pretty darn good-looking for just my second doll. I threw on Catrine’s Shriekwrecked dress & shoes (because they were the only ones I had that I somewhat liked on her) and called her done.

However, I still have a lot to learn – my biggest struggle right now is being able to seal correctly. I have a lot of trouble getting it evenly sprayed across the face, so sometimes it still feels like parts of the face are more resistant to the colors sticking. But I suppose these things just come with more practice. So more practice it is! Look out for my next post when I talk about my 3rd doll repaint – Draculara!

TTFN!