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Site Support / Name change please?
« on: October 17, 2018, 02:56:39 AM »
I’d love to get renamed to Sweet Bats if at all possible. Thanks in advance!

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Sales / Sweet Bats' Sales
« on: September 27, 2018, 07:23:44 PM »
Back in the states and wanting to get rid of a few things I have laying around still. Shipping may take a little while since I just moved here and am still figuring out where everything is, plus work and traffic are crazy here in the bay, but I'll always keep you posted with updates and provide tracking! Prices negotiable unless otherwise stated. All items come from smoke-free, cat-friendly home. Any items marked as secondhand (to me) may come from homes with smoke or pets that I may not realize. Shipping included in price (will ship internationally for extra shipping), willing to bundle.

Barbie
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Ever After High
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Monster High
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One complete Indigo Astranova with flotation station, $60. Two Lilac Astranovas, one complete (located chestpiece after photo was taken), $45, and one nude with one a broken helmet, chestpiece (located after photo) and no station, $10. I do not have batteries to test the flotation station, will update when I do so. Indigo has slight black marks on face, hands, and leg, pictured. Lilacs have minor marks. I have not tried cleaning any of them with anything yet, will update if anything is successful.

Signature Draculaura - $20 (secondhand)

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Tried photographing all blemishes. Black mark on side of face, light marks throughout face, marks on shoes, yellowing on clothes,

Signature Lagoona - $20 (secondhand)

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Tried photographing all blemishes. Hand paint wearing off, mesh slightly torn, picture has two left shoes but I found a Lagoona with only the right shoe, so she has a complete set

Signature Cleo - $20 (secondhand)

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Tried photographing all blemishes. "Bruise-like" stain on arm, mark on leg, slightly dirty face, cheek decoration wearing off

Signature Clawdeen - $20 (secondhand)

Faint marks on face, otherwise appears to be in pretty good condition

Signature Frankie - $20 (secondhand)

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Tried photographing all blemishes. Slightly dirty face, discolored nose, stains on arm and jawline, dirt on dress, black marks on legs

Signature Operetta - $20 (secondhand)

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Tried photographing all blemishes. Mark on arm and hand, somewhat dirty face, pink stain and marks on shoes, hair needs TLC, white jacket may be stained

Ghoulia's Scooter - $15 (secondhand)

Missing kickstand

Journals and Postcards - Free with any doll purchase, $0.10 for each additional, cost of the stamp on their own (secondhand)
Image coming soon

Assorted Accessories - $0.25 each (secondhand)
Image coming soon

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Miscellaneous
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Customs / Spectra/Invisi Billy....invisible?
« on: September 18, 2018, 10:30:34 AM »
I'd like to make a future custom where the doll itself is "invisible", and was wondering if anyone knew if the entire doll had the translucent effect or just the lower arms/legs. Like as an example, Lagoona's hands (at least for the originals, I think the reboot is different) are translucent with skin paint on the hands, leaving the webbing clear, but the rest of the body is standard plastic. Spectra has lower arms/hands and legs/feet making a white to translucent gradient, are her torso and upper arms/legs translucent as well? Same question for Billy; just wanting to find this out before I start scrubbing at the body and potentially ruining something. Thanks!

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Customs / What's your workspace like?
« on: August 12, 2018, 09:04:42 PM »
Sorry if Customs is the wrong place, there's a few places it could probably fit!

I'm about to move and have been giving a lot of thought to where I'm going to be doing my repainting, and planning out my craft corner in my head. Unfortunately we didn't get the place with an entire bonus room with built-in display shelves (which would have been perfect, I'm still so sad about it) so I really have to think about how to make a small amount of space work. So I come to you customizers for further inspiration: what does your workstation look like? Do you have a room devoted to hobbies, or is it tucked into a corner? Are you utilizing wall space or preferring drawers? If you have children or pets, how are you keeping your stuff safe? I'd love to see pictures of everyone's little workstations!

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Customs / Lagoona Hand Webbing
« on: January 21, 2018, 12:26:25 PM »
Hey all!

I'm going to be working on a commission soon, and they want a Lagoona doll as the base, but are not fond of the webbing between her fingers. Has anyone had any success removing this with an X-Acto knife or is it best to just replace the hands with those from another doll and do my best to color match to Lagoona's skintone? Thanks for any suggestions and advice!

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Sales / Selling barely used Mr. Super Clear Matte [SWEDEN - ASAP]
« on: August 31, 2017, 04:42:47 AM »
Hi all, but primarily Scandinavian customizers!

I need to sell my MSC, which was only used on a couple dolls. I would need to sell to someone who can receive it via ground shipping, since MSC can't go on planes. I paid 197SEK for it (current rate about $25) and I'm looking to sell it for 137SEK ($17), plus shipping costs.

Looking to sell this ASAP, unfortunately it will just get trashed otherwise and it would hurt me to waste it, so please let me know if you're interested!

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Customs / Resource: Blank Doll Heads
« on: May 09, 2017, 08:48:44 AM »
I wanted to have an area for blank dolls to map out future projects, and figured it would be a good idea to share for other customizers and open for contributions! AshGUTZ had some very nice photos on her site (which appears to not be working and leads to a phishing site) but there were only a few ghouls on there (luckily looks like there's still some on her dA; http://ashgutz.deviantart.com/gallery/45423658/Monster-High-doll-blanks). There's also http://monsterswithoutmakeup.tumblr.com/ but it doesn't seem to have been updated in quite some time. I figured it would be nice to have something here that might get updated a bit more frequently. I don't care what you do with any photos I personally take and upload, as long as you don't claim that you took the photograph.

Any contributions are welcome and will be added to the first post. Any contributions will have their name next to it, any without are mine. It would be nice to have a head on shot, and at least one profile and 3/4 view, and views from the other sides are always welcome! Please also submit either bald dolls or with their hair pulled back to allow a clean view of the face. Other preferences are natural lighting with a solid color or not-busy background (any wall is preferable to a bedroom floor), with no obstruction to the doll head (don't hold it in your hands and cover parts of the face)

ABBEY BOMINABLE
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CATRINE DEMEW (Reboot) - Photos by True
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CLAWDEEN WOLF
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ELLE EEDEE
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OPERETTA
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ROCHELLE GOYLE
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SCARAH SCREAMS
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CREATE-A-MONSTER - SIREN - Photos by True
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Clawdeen's Closet / Making your own clothing patterns
« on: April 24, 2017, 09:20:28 PM »
So I just stumbled upon this video and thought it would be a fun thing to share, especially since I know how much of a pain it can be finding the right print for your custom clothes. This way you can make sure you get the pattern you want at a size that won't look silly on the doll!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY7b-kvVK0g

This requires Krita, which is a free art program, and from the bit of poking around I've done with it, seems to be a pretty good program! Of course, you'll also need something to print it on, like the printable fabrics you can find at Joann or the freezer paper method if you want to do it at home. There's also the more expensive sites like Spoonflower, but I'd likely recommend that only if you want to sell your designs and require a lot of your custom fabric to work with.

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Customs / Tips on reshaping ears?
« on: April 05, 2017, 03:00:31 AM »
I tried searching for this and mostly got results on reshaping the entire head, or something unrelated like reshaping feet or piercing ears.

For an upcoming custom, I'm wanting to reshape the ears of a Monster High doll to a more humanlike shape. I'm thinking Draculaura miiiight be able to get away with not changing anything since the point of her ear isn't that dramatic, but for dolls like Venus where it's clearly pointed, how would one go about rounding it off? Would sandpaper be the best bet or is there another tool that would do a better job? Is there a risk of accidentally making a hole in the head where the top of the ear was or is the material thick enough that this isn't an issue? Thanks in advance!

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Off Topic / Monster High ID help please!
« on: March 23, 2017, 10:42:20 PM »
Finally went through a lot of dolls I purchased, got them in their proper outfits, and these are the leftovers. There's some items where I thought clearly it belongs to a specific doll and then I can't find the line. Any help would be great!
FIRST PIC ENTIRELY IDENTIFIED! THANK YOU!

Note that the three items on the bottom row didn't seem to fit properly, so my guess is they're Barbie or something in that size range. Not so interested in IDing those if they for sure aren't MH items, thanks!
ONLY NEED TO ID BLUE SANDALS AND PHONE


I'll probably be back with more once I sort through the CAM stuff. Thanks again!

edit: discovered the purse is from one of the Inner Monster sets

double edit: Just a couple more. I feel like the dress is an obvious Draculaura but for the life of me I can't find which one
ONLY NEED TO ID BLUE SKULL

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Customs / Sweet Bats' Customs [The Hex Girls page 3]
« on: March 22, 2017, 10:34:21 PM »
I'm going to go ahead and turn this into my general customs thread c: I'll keep the initial post under the cut just as a future reference, but now that my first is done, I'm itching to do a second, and third, and all of my dolls!

I have an Etsy shop set up, and I am interested in taking commissions at some point, so if you're interested in having your own made, let me know and we'll work something out!

Finished Dolls
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Original Thread Content
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Sightings / DIAPERS.COM: Finds and Sales
« on: March 21, 2017, 02:29:49 PM »
Hope I'm doing this right! Also I only really look at MH so I can't accurately speak to the lines and pricing on EAH or anything else they list, sorry!

I just got an email from Ebates saying Diapers.com is doing their friends and family sale right now and I know they sell dolls. Unfortunately the dolls aren't included in the F&F but a lot of them are already on sale right now, and it looks like new customers can get 20% off their order with the code TRYUSMAMA, which doesn't appear to exclude toys. There's quite a surprising selection on there, like all 4 Monster Exchange dolls and a few 17" dolls, plus a few lines I haven't seen in a while like Scaritage.

If you have and activate Ebates, it's another 2% cashback (I'd be happy to provide a referral code if anyone wants one, Ebates gives cash back on a ton of sites so I'd recommend it even if you don't use this site's offer), so you can end up saving quite a bit!

[edited thread icon :) --Zombelina, Discussions/Sightings mod]

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Clawdeen's Closet / Help with odd outfit
« on: March 12, 2017, 05:40:56 PM »
So for a friend's birthday, I wanted to customize a doll of a character she likes for her, along with an outfit or two. Her favorite outfit of this character's is an orange suit, like a mascot suit (head arms and legs sticking out of a giant orange). I've never even considered how to make a circular outfit, and was wondering if anyone had any ideas. The only thing I've been thinking might work is hollowing out and making limb holes for this, but not sure how well that will work, or how best to fasten the two halves together, or if there's possibly something that would work better. Thanks!

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Looking to sell these dolls before I move overseas. All images can be clicked for fullsize, and willing to negotiate prices. Will ship internationally, however you are responsible for shipping costs.
Currently available:


A Barbie I bought at the circus (Barnum&Bailey?) as a child. Her name is Sandy, but I can't really find anything about her online. Her hair needs a bit of care (it was a large poofy ponytail, similar to FdC Honey's pigtails with less tight curls, but the rubber band holding her hair got hard and snapped apart, if I can find another band I'll put it in), but otherwise in very good condition. Asking $5 + shipping


Generation Girls Mariko. Comes with most accessories and a stand, in very good condition. Bands in the back are beginning to snap, but hairstyle is held and maintained. This image (not mine) shows all accessories. Mine is missing the item in the doll's hand, Generation Beat magazine, microphone, orange mini game console, karaoke machine and CD, yellow watch, and one of the thin cardboard CD cover things. Asking $15 + shipping

The remaining images ARE NOT MINE, unfortunately the remaining dolls are in storage and I cannot access them right now. Next time I am at my storage unit, I will take pictures and update this thread. However all of mine are still in their box and have not been opened. There may be slight wear to the box but the doll is intact.
See's Candies Barbie Asking $20 + shipping
Hollywood Premiere Barbie Asking $25 + shipping
Legally Blonde 2 Barbie Asking $20 + shipping
Swan Princess Barbie Asking $30 + shipping

Update: Found some EAH dolls in a MH lot I purchased, and figured I'd offer them here before going elsewhere with them.
From what I was able to find, they are
Maddie Hatter Signature
Raven Queen Thronecoming
Briar Beauty Signature (SOLD WITH JOURNAL)
Briar Beauty Getting Fairest
+ Briar's Legacy Day dress, Apple White's Signature headband, C.A. Cupid's Signature shoes (discovered the error after the picture was uploaded, I have since switched the shoes so Maddie will arrive with the correct shoes!)

Dolls come with everything shown, I have no idea if they're complete, and aside from Raven, I would recommend these for a customizer rather than a collector, as most of their hair needs some TLC. Also found a black hairbrush and silver stand base, which I will include as well but are not pictured.
$5 each or $12 for everything shown (minus anything marked as sold)

Update: Listing MH stuff I'd like to get rid of before the move. I don't think any of the dolls are complete.

Row 1: New Scaremester Catrine Demew dress, Sweet 1600 Clawdeen Wolf dress, Abbey Bominable Scaris dress, 13 Wishes Cleo de Nile swimsuit
Row 2: Unknown Barbie dress, Unknown Bratz Fashion Pack dress, 13 Wishes Gigi Grant outfit, Skulltimate Roller Maze Lagoona Blue dress


Row 1: Picnic Casket Frankie Stein jacket, I Heart Fashion Frankie Stein shirt
Row 2: Picnic Casket Jackson Jekyll pants (split at crotch), Headless Headmistress Bloodgood pants, 13 Wishes Howleen Wolf leggings


Loose single boots: Unknown Bratz Fashion Pack boot, Headless Headmistress Bloodgood boot
Row 1: Signature Nefera de Nile shoes, Unknown blue sandals
Row 2: Freak du Chic Jinafire Long boots, Sweet 1600 Clawdeen Wolf shoes, Freaky Field Trip Toralei Stripe, Signature Catty Noir boots
Row 3: 13 Wishes Cleo de Nile shoes (slight orangeish staining on one), I Heart Fashion Frankie Stein shoes


Freaky Fusion Ghoulia Yelps headband, Ghoul Sports Toralei Stripe drink, unknown skull, Frights Camera Action Elissabat DVD, unknown cell phone, Fearleading sports bag, Dawn of the Dance Frankie Stein purse (not sewn together)


Boo York, Boo York Mouscedes King outfit and tail


Freaky Fusion Avea Trotter outfit (missing leg braces, hat, and wings) only harness is available


Miscellaneous limbs (Draculaura arms?, Ghoulia arm, orange hand changes pink with heat, unsure of other hands)


Create a Monster Bee Girl Add-On, no torso or upper limbs


Create a Monster Vampire and Sea Monster, bodies are stained (yellowed and greyed), Vampire missing forearm and hand. Only comes with what's pictured


Color Me Creepy doll, apparently the second one, only comes with what's pictured


Inner Monster Scared Silly 'n Shockingly Shy, only comes with what's pictured


Create a Monster Inner Mood Spooky Sweet Add-On, only comes with what's pictured

JOURNALS
These were all received secondhand, so they are not in the greatest condition. If it looks like they're bent or worn, they probably are.



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Clawdeen's Closet / That fabric print would look perfect on my doll!
« on: March 09, 2017, 09:27:05 PM »
Despite having hardly any sewing experience, I've had an interest in fashion design for quite some time, and although it would be difficult working with such small-scale clothing, customizing doll clothes seems like fun! I popped into my local Joann tonight to get a hands-on look at some of the fabrics, and one in particular caught my eye and just made me think "How cute would that be on the Shriekwrecked line of dolls?"

Joann Link

Unfortunately I don't know if the actual fabric would be good for doll clothes, but the print instantly made me think of that particular line of dolls. There was another nice sugar skulls fabric perfect for Skelita, but my phone died </3

Have there ever been any prints you've seen, or even items of people-sized clothing that immediately made you think of a doll?

moving to Clawdeen's Closet from Monster Discussion - Melissa

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I didn't see any similar unlocked topics, sorry if it's been done before!

As the title suggests, what dolls do you feel there isn't enough merchandise of, or has been neglected lately that you would love to see more releases of?

If I only could choose one, my hands-down absolute pick would be Ghoulia. I think she has an absolutely gorgeous face mold, and I'm so discouraged that she seems to have been tossed to the side. I brought up her neglect to a friend who doesn't know really anything about MH, and her reaction was, "They can't get rid of Ghoulia, she's a main character!" (She decorated lots of Monster High cakes and only really knows the mains, and considered Ghoulia to be the face of Monster High branding). While I haven't heard any confirmation that she's being discontinued, her lack of releases is pretty disheartening.

Others I would love to see more of:
Scarah - Love her style and for not having eyes, she's super adorable!
Skelita - Who doesn't love cute skeleton girls?
Honey - What's not to love about her hair? Plus her color scheme is gorgeous.
Operetta - Though not as neglected as some of the others I've mentioned, red and black are my favorite colors, I love 50s fashion, and I love musicals, including Phantom, so I have to include her haha
Gooliope - I know she's pretty new but I hope she gets more than two dolls, she's so cute and I love slime girls!
Robecca - Steampunk has always fascinated me, so I loved her as soon as I saw her.
Wydowna/Iris - I have a weakness for extra body parts (hence why I love Peri and Pearl so much and grabbed a bunch of Kalas), as well as missing features (plus I really like eyes). Come on, only two dolls each, and they're exclusives?

And while it's a long shot, some of the dolls from their own line (like Boo York's Elle Eedee and all the Brand Boo Students) I would love to see more of. They gave the girls introduced in Frights, Camera, Action! a few other dolls, I can dream they'll bring others back! Speaking of dreams, rereleasing CAM sets would make me so happy! I love the three-eyed ghoul especially, but it's impossible to find her for a reasonable price.

Who do you hope to see more of?

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Brags / Simply's Brag Zone
« on: March 05, 2017, 11:18:06 PM »
I got a lot of good finds this past week so I decided I'd finally make a thread to document them. Also if anyone really really wants any of the dolls I picked up, I may be willing to sell (unboxed) for the price I paid + shipping. I get the dolls to repaint later, so I'd feel bad if I wiped a doll someone's been searching for!

First off, tonight!

All for $9 each! I'm glad I found a sale Lorna, and this is the first I've seen a Haunted doll in store, much less two! WalMart also had Posea and Kala for $13 each, but I got some from a friend with a 5 Below near her. Now if Peri and Pearl were in there…

Feb 28/March 1 - Hit up a few Tuesday Morning stores
Brand Boo Students, two of each Batsy, Isi, and Kjersti, $10 each (probably my favorite line, I can't resist them!)
Great Scarrier Reef Toralei and Lagoona, $8 each
Gloom Beach Clawdeen, $8 (two more for $5 each at a WalMart)
Monstrous Rivals Draculaura and Moanica, $15
Ghoul's Beast Pet Lagoona, $8

And due to my lack of restraint, I'm likely heading back to grab the Frightfully Tall Clawdeen they had for $15 (Edit 3/6: I bought it).  The main tall doll I'm waiting for is the Shriekwrecked Gooliope, but TRU still has it full price. All the dolls aside from MH seemed to be on clearance.

However, I found a $10 Freak du Chic Gooliope hiding at another WalMart, that was an exciting find! Certainly made up for not finding a good deal on the other one.

And though it was quite some time ago, I'd say some of my most exciting finds were $4 BYBY Operetta and $8 Scarnival Skelita. Love both of them!

None of my friends really care so I've always had to contain my excitement. No more!

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Catrine's Art Studio / Offering traditional OC art
« on: March 05, 2017, 03:30:10 PM »
Work has some slow periods and in an effort to get me out of my art slump, I'd like to offer art of any Monster High OCs you have. It won't necessarily be a style emulation, so if you're looking for art that resembles official art, I probably won't be able to help you there.

Post your refs and a bit about your character, unfortunately no guarantees I'll draw for everyone that posts, but I'll see what I can do <3

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Customs / Gauging doll ears
« on: March 05, 2017, 02:27:04 AM »
Mostly inspired by this lovely doll
I'm interested in adding piercings to my future customs, and though I've read up on how to do standard piercings in the face, adding gauges or plugs seems a little trickier. Has anyone here attempted this before and if so what did you use to add more "skin" to the ears? Ideally I'd like to get a pretty seamless look for any doll I try this on, and considering the variation in skin tones, I'd also be looking for tips on color matching.

Additionally, I feel like I've seen dolls with sternum piercings, I'd assume that's done with the same method as any facial piercings? I know the plastic is different so I just want to ensure the process is the same. Thanks in advance!

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Customs / Purchasing MSC in Europe
« on: March 02, 2017, 05:42:56 PM »
So quite some time ago, I bought MSC for repaint work, however I never actually got around to doing any before my visa was approved. I'm going to be moving overseas and it's not likely I'll be shipping anything via an actual ship and storage container, so I cannot bring my MSC with me, even in a checked bag, due to its flammable nature. I also am too busy with the move to do any customs and use it all before moving, which bums me out since it's completely unused. However, I will need to repurchase it once I get settled in Sweden, and was hoping someone could provide recommendations on where to purchase it, as it seems to not be available for international shipping wherever I've looked. Thanks in advance!

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