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Customs / Odd problems with customs
« on: November 06, 2016, 03:46:03 PM »
I'm encountering a handful of problems with my customs. I've been using testors as a sealant, spent a week painting two faces then when I got to the rehairing portion, both dolls faces just slipped right off where I was holding the heads, with pretty much zero effort. It's not even chipping, it's just sliding off in chunks all the way down to the base layer of sealant. I've bought some MSC but honestly I'm too scared to use it until I figure out WHY this happened since I've never heard of or experienced this before. I've been using testors for almost a decade on Bjds and mlps so I have no idea what's going on. Any ideas from experienced customizers?

I've also been experimenting with rehairing and I was hoping for some tips. With yarn and nylon I've experienced that the hair is just WAY too thick once finished, there's just so much hair. When you do rehair, do you follow all of the old plugs, have a set number of strands per plug or make your own new plugs? Or something else entirely? Both my nylon hair heads and my yarn hair head have got Afros going on, even after boiling. I'm just not sure how to continue with anything.

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Site Support / Name change request
« on: November 06, 2016, 03:24:54 PM »
I can't find anywhere where it says if this is strictly allowed but I saw many similar threads so I thought it was worth a shot?
I'd like to have my username changed to SickViking please. When I joined I was reluctant to use my own net handle and borrowed my cousins but I am now plenty confident to use my own ^_^ Thank you.

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Customs / Female to Male body mods?
« on: October 08, 2016, 09:09:00 PM »
Hey guys, I've been gone a VERY long time. Depression sucks but I've been taking care and getting better. I'm ready to get back into doll customization by destroying myself with a huge project. (Please, self. Just paint one of the fifteen heads you still have lying around. Be good to yourself, please. No.)

The custom I'm wanting to do most right now requires a Female to Male body modification. Has anyone done this? Does anyone know how solid or thick the breast section is on a MH girl or how big of holes it will leave when they are removed?

I'm wanting to make a doll of one of my characters and I'm thinking perhaps Draculara has the best face sculpt for him, and he has an incredibly feminine figure, which totally leaves out the boys (though I will want to bulk up the waist some still) but I've never done an FTM mod on a doll myself before. I have seen it done many times on BJDs, but never on a plastic doll.

Also, what would be the best material for body mods and where can I get it? I've got sculpty but I've not had a huge success using it on plastic dolls in the past.

(i do have a handful of $1 dolls from flea markets and thrift stores to practice on, i'm not gonna dive right into mutilating a MH XD)

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Customs / Ripped the vinyl while rehairing, how to fix?
« on: January 18, 2015, 04:12:29 PM »
So I was ALMOST done with my rehair, was filling bald spots when I sneezed and the reroot tool slipped and tore apart the part in a Cleo's scalp. (I'm not sure which Cleo, possibly one of the first release? With the ponytail) several plugs have ripped down the middle of her head, and many plugs are falling out. I've already glued the inside while doing rehair, how to I salvage her? She seems to have stopped losing her hair, I've replaced the hair and it's staying, how do I secure it for good? Just dump a load of Elmer's in her head? Fretting as this is my first reroot and ADHD+depression made this project last two years already...

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Introductions! / A nervous hello
« on: January 14, 2015, 10:57:43 AM »
Hi, I'm Matt. Normally I go by the moniker SickViking, but to keep myself from being googled here, I'm using my cousins name. He doesn't mind and as a recently came out transman, I'm a bit self conscious about my doll collecting and more specifically, my love love love of all things custom: re-paints, re-hair, tailoring! I do it all (though not as well as I'd prefer)

I'm 26 year old in California, hoping to go to school for bartending, cosmotology and arts.

I collect monster high dolls on and off, though I have several and am getting into Ever After High as well (I don't have any of the dolls but, Fleshtones! YESPLZ!) Frankie is probably my favorite for non custom dolls with Ghoulia coming in second. I collect other sorts of dolls as well, from Barbie, to BJD's, My Little Pony and most things in between.

I have several dolls on my desk to be customized, but I'm kind of slow going. I'm eager to meet other collectors and customizers and see what's been done.

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