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Customization Tutorials, Resources, and FAQs.
« on: January 30, 2016, 12:15:25 PM »
Customization Tutorials, Resources, and FAQs

We've compiled this comprehensive and ever-growing list of guides, resources and information for your customizing convenience.
We will continue to add to this list as new tutorials and techniques are discovered. :)



What is Doll Customization?

Doll customization is the permanent and irreversible modification of a doll's stock qualities, usually for the purpose of turning the doll into a brand new character.  This can include removing and repainting a doll's face-up, modifying a doll's face-up, removing and re-rooting a doll's hair, altering a doll's body, or modifying a doll's accessories.
Restyling a doll's stock hair does not qualify as customization, as it is neither permanent nor irreversible.  General maintenance, cleaning, stain removal, or restoration efforts also do not qualify as customization, as these are attempts to return a doll to its stock appearance, or improve upon a doll's stock qualities (as would be the case with glue seepage treatments).



FAQs

How do I remove a doll's factory face-up?
Face-ups can be removed using either 100% pure acetone or clear nail polish remover.  Apply the chemical to a cotton ball or swab and gentle wipe the face-up right off. 
Make sure to wash your doll's face with a mild dish detergent after removing his or her face-up to remove any residual chemicals.

Do I have to prime/seal my doll?
It is highly recommended, yes.  Priming prevents paints from permanently staining the doll's vinyl, and sealing your work will help to protect it from scratching, peeling, and rubbing.

Are there any non-toxic alternatives to spray sealants such as MSC and Testors?
The most popular alternative to toxic aerosol sealants is feeding a non-toxic brush-on sealant such as Liquitex Matte Varnish through an airbrush.  However, this method is not without its flaws and is not a perfect substitute for spray sealants.  Additionally, it is highly recommended that you wear proper respiratory protection when using this method, as even non-toxic art supplies can be dangerous if inhaled.
Please see our "All About Sealants" thread for more information on MSC alternatives.

Can I use products such as medium or Mod Podge to seal my face-up?
No.  Neither of these products are proper sealants, and so they are not recommended for sealing face-ups. 
Medium is added directly to paint to alter it's viscosity, texture, translucency, and drying time.  Bottles of medium often bare a disclaimer not to use the product as a final varnish.
Mod Podge's primary use is as a puzzle-saver and a craft sealant.  It is not recommended for face-ups as it reacts strongly to changes in heat and humidity, becoming tacky over time.
While both of these products may offer temporary protection for your face-ups, they are not meant to provide a long-term seal and are best avoided.

How long does it take for MSC to dry?
Mr. Super Clear dries in about 30 minutes, but can take anywhere from 12 to 24 hours to completely cure.  For optimal results, it is recommended that you allow the sealant to completely cure before you begin to paint.

What is the best type of paint to use for my face-up?
The two most popular types of paint for face-ups are acrylics and watercolor pencils.  Acrylic paint is generally used to achieve a factory-like aesthetic, while watercolor pencils create a more natural and realistic look.
It is important to remember never to use oil-based paints or products on your dolls.

What is the best way to make paints adhere to MH/EAH bodies?
Wash the doll's body with a mild dish detergent to remove any factory oils and allow to completely dry.  Then prime the body with a layer of sealant to help both acrylic paints and chalk pastels better adhere to the slick, hard surface. 
Another option is to lightly sand the body to create a coarser texture for the paints to adhere to.

Should I re-root before or after painting?
This is entirely up to you and varies by artist.  There are pros and cons to both rooting before and rooting after repainting.
Please see this discussion thread for more information.

I re-rooted my doll using the tool method.  What kind of glue should I use to hold the hair in place?
One of the most popular and reliable glues for re-roots is Fabri-Tac.  It's widely-available, fast-drying, permanent, and waterproof once it has fully cured.



Body Matching, Modification, & Repair

  Alipe's guide to dismantling/customizing CAM Inner Monster heads
  Ameyal's body matching guide
  Angellove's merman sculpting tutorial: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
  Dirili's head reshaping tutorial
  Dirili's head-shrinking tutorial
  Dirili's body sanding tutorial
  How to fix loose joints with hot glue
  How to repair a broken neck peg
  How to install CAM legs onto an old-style (elastic) MH body
  Lemon Dolls' guide to installing a Novi Stars Mae Talik head onto an MH body
  MyDollsAreMyModels' MH/Novi Stars head-swapping tutorial
  No Nap Time's vinyl patch gap repair tutorial
  Nuu's Cusps' guide to repairing broken pegs and snapped elastic
  Ravie's guide to modifying MH/EAH feet to fit Bratz shoes
  TheUkelele's MH "Male Leg Shortening Tutorial"
  Unniedolls' sanding and carving tutorial



Re-rooting, Wig-making, & Flocking

  AcademicSquirrel/Dakashy's knot method re-rooting tutorial
  Aveuch's bun tutorial
  Corsetkitten's wool dreadlocks tutorial
  Denisa Medrano's blunt bangs tutorial
  Dollightful's sewn wig tutorial
  DollyCare's DIY re-root tool tutorial
  DollyCare's re-root patterns
  Dolly Daydream's repainting and re-rooting tutorial
  Flocking tutorial
  Ghilie01's yarn wig tutorial
  How to Play with Barbies' boil perm tutorial
  MichaelisK's guide to wigs
  Mozekyto's doll wig tutorials
  My Little Customs' re-rooting and thatching videos
  No Nap Time's guide to hair types and suppliers
  No Nap Time's guide to re-rooting CAMs
  Pop-girl's gradient dye tutorial
  Ravie's EAH hair matching guide
  Ravie's MH hair matching guide
  retrodoll's Doll Hair Guide for Customs
  saharali's pigtail wig tutorial
  saharali's wig-making tutorial for small dolls
  scargeear's anatomical wig with defined hair line
  scargeear's lace realistic wig
  Sols-crew's brushed yarn wig tutorial
  Unniedolls' tool method re-rooting video



Priming & Sealing

  Aery's "All About Sealants" thread
  AndrejA's tutorial on airbrush sealing using Liquitex Matte Medium
  No Nap Time's priming/sealing tutorial
  No Nap Time's guide to MSC



Repainting

  Amber-Honey's repainting tutorial: Part 1, Part 2
  AndrejA's "Back to Basics" video series
  Dirili's body blushing tutorial
  TheDollWorkshop's repainting tutorial
  Dolly Daydream's repainting and re-rooting tutorial
  DonnaAnneM's repainting tutorials
  HeXtian's repaint videos
  No Nap Time's repainting tutorial: Part 1, Part 2
  Oak23's repainting tutorial
  Retrograde's repainting videos
  SugarCharmShop's repaint tutorials & DIY polymer clay miniatures
  Unniedolls' repainting videos



Crafts & DIY

  AkameruKawaii's Miniatures & Custom Dolls
  AndrejA's eye-making tutorial
  Deb Wood's fantasy film fairy wings tutorial
  Dirili's eyelash tutorial
  Dirili's guide to glossing transparent accessories
  Granet's DIY doll eyes tutorial
  MyFroggyStuff's doll DIY videos
  No Nap Time's printable doll tattoos tutorial
  Trillions' clay wings tutorial
  Walkercolours' DIY shoes and boots for MH & EAH dolls
  WyldAngelDolls' translucent removable scars tutorial
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Re: Customization Tutorials, Resources, and FAQs.
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2016, 03:17:20 PM »
I know there's a tutorial out there on how to swap out EAH legs, but didn't it see it listed.  Could we add it here? :)

Thanx! :)
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Re: Customization Tutorials, Resources, and FAQs.
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2016, 11:11:59 PM »
Most definitely!  I'll see if I can find it (is it here on the boards or on a different site?). 
If you find it first pop me a PM with the link and I'll get it listed. :D

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Re: Customization Tutorials, Resources, and FAQs.
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2016, 06:10:09 AM »
I haven't been able to find it.  Maybe someone else here can provide the link. :)
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Re: Customization Tutorials, Resources, and FAQs.
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2016, 09:47:49 AM »
I don't think there's a tutorial for it. We talked about it on the epic winter thread and I posted one pic and how to do it but nothing else.

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Re: Customization Tutorials, Resources, and FAQs.
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2016, 02:21:57 PM »
Maybe we could add a section to the faqs or a msc section, but some tips and tutorials on how to deal with the head "grease" glue seepage thing?
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Re: Customization Tutorials, Resources, and FAQs.
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2016, 02:48:40 PM »
Glue seepage is more of a maintenance issue than a customization topic, and is covered in our Doll Care: Tips and Tricks sticky.

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Re: Customization Tutorials, Resources, and FAQs.
« Reply #7 on: March 09, 2017, 02:34:12 AM »
I've been watching a doll crafter/customiser on YouTube lately, and love their videos. Can you add them to the list?

https://www.youtube.com/user/AkameruKawaii/videos

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« Reply #8 on: March 10, 2017, 10:18:57 AM »
I've been watching a doll crafter/customiser on YouTube lately, and love their videos. Can you add them to the list?

https://www.youtube.com/user/AkameruKawaii/videos

Absolutely!  Thank you for the link. :D

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Re: Customization Tutorials, Resources, and FAQs.
« Reply #9 on: September 10, 2017, 10:57:12 AM »
Hey again, SaelaVe. The link to 'how to make a silicone mold' site is gone. Just says it's up for sale.

Also wanted to share some other YouTubers' channels for custom tutorials.

Walkercolours: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCT2_kilUf7Ou5c8VxAHC8Tw
Makes clothes & shoes especially for MH/EAH dolls.
SugarCharmShop: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtkmv7-kAMyITJkP0-CyQZQ
Mostly does polymer clay stuff in 1:12 scale, but also does 1:6 scale (Barbie mostly) miniatures, repaints, wigs, & clothes.
Disney Ever After ~ April Lilly https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUvD3Jqxa4pZ2Qr4gJ5-p7A
Some doll reviews, but she also upcycles thrifted dolls on a budget.

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« Reply #10 on: October 17, 2017, 10:55:01 AM »
@Listie:  I am so sorry that it took me so long to respond to your post.  I've just been really swamped (and really forgetful) these past few weeks. ^^;

Thank you so much for letting me know about the silicone mold tutorial.  That is a shame. :(
And thanks so much for the links!  I'll take a look at them later today and add them to the list! :D

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« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2017, 01:26:10 PM »
I've added links to SugarCharmShop's channel, as well as Walkercolours' DIY shoes and boots tutorials. :)

DisneyEverAfter's channel appears to be predominantly reviews and haul videos, with a few doll restyling videos mixed in.  She doesn't seem to have very many customization videos. :/ 
If there is a specific video that you think would be helpful to others, please let me know which one and I'll get it added to the list. :)