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Customs / Re: Odd problems with customs
« on: November 08, 2016, 03:46:15 PM »
Yeah I use the tool method. A day tool of a sewing needle and exacto knife handle. I've got another doll to work on and this ones getting sidelined. This ones already had her hair and has been sealed with msc instead of testors. I'll let you know how it works out for me XP

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Customs / Re: Odd problems with customs
« on: November 08, 2016, 11:39:37 AM »
This is actually the first vinyl doll I've done so I'm not really used to the squishing. I've done a few rehairs but not full on rehair and face up. I was trying to hold her by the ears since I don't have gloves, but a few times I know my fingers did end up on the face itself trying to get a good grip on her.

I've got a bunch of heads waiting for work, and normally they get a through wash and then a soak in warm water overnight to make sure all acetone and soap is off, then dry for the next 24 hours but honestly I can't remember if this particular doll got that treatment, she could still have the mold agent.

It's actually starting to sound like it could be a number of things compounded on to self sabotage since I think a couple of nights it was fairly cold, though I've never had a problem working with the sealant during the winter. It doesn't get that cold here and I always bring my work back into the house to dry where it's warm.

The only picture I managed to get was this one [link removed for language, SaelaVe] which was the first doll to start to peel, the next part was when my hand slipped off her ear to her cheek and you can probably see the chipping up by her hairline where the hair is going in. Which you can also probably tell the plugs are way too thick. Ugh.
For her hair I was trying to go for this thick, wavy, messy look which I thought un-ironed brushed out yarn would look perfect. I'll go in and thin out/ remove some plugs
and see if that helps any

I'll pick up some cotton gloves while I'm out today. Thank you everyone so much. This was my first trying doing everything from start to finish.

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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 / Re: Female to Male body mods?
« on: October 10, 2016, 06:09:59 PM »
@Ameyal
AHHH Thank you for listing the little sister bodies. I looked for hours online to find a list with no luck :( Sculpt is more important to me than skin color as non of the MH dolls have his skintone. (if only Ever after didnt have such chubby faces, Apple White would be perfect) So I plan on painting over anyway. And Kjersti are the wrong shape too, but thanks. Googling through different characters it looks like both Batsy and Lorna would have perfect faces for him <3 I just realized I've got a Twyla in my closet. Now I just gotta hunt down a Twyla and do a head swap.

@SaelaVe I totally forgot. I woulda figured it out quick enough if I went that route but still probably not even bothered. Thanks for the heads up. If I do decide to do that I'll remember masks and ventilation.

@Oak23 That sounds really cool. Where do you get the plastic?

Post Merge: October 10, 2016, 06:23:19 PM

Eep! Wwatching customizing videos and now I cant tell which sculpt I like more. Batsy or Lorna. Batsy's ears are perfect for Lyka. Getting both on Ebay now

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Customs / Re: Female to Male body mods?
« on: October 09, 2016, 08:50:12 PM »
@rykaan Thanks, I am feeling better. Still need to get in touch with my therapist but I think getting back into customs will help a lot as well too.
In ten years I've never found any miliput anywhere in my city ;-; But it seems to continue to be the most popular so I'll look for it on amazon Thanks. I figured they were probably made similarly to barbie(took a few Barbies out for shooting practice because... I could. Was able to get a good look at how they're put together XD) But I wast sure. Thank you for your advice.
I cant wait to share pictures of him.
Oh! Will the miliput go smoothly on the vinyl head as well? He has ears that are quite a bit longer than Dracularas are and I might like to see how I fare at making him some ears.

@SaelaVe Oh that actually came out quite lovely! Thank you for sharing that! -stifles giggling at "ghost nipples"-

@Ameyal Thank you so much for sharing your process! I wouldn't be able to let the bubbling of the plastic slide unfortunately just simply being able to deal with the knowledge that under his clothes he looks like that. But also while he will most often be wearing breeches and a simple tunic, he also wears female belly dancer costume(This one specifically but in blue.) And will need to be able to show off quite a bit of his body. I'm not too stressed about the female look as hes essentially "Anime Androgynous". You're supposed to assume hes female at first glance, even if the MH girls are really extreme.
I haven't ever seen any of the little sisters in person, only the original run characters and the giant. Maybe the Little sisters bodies would be better for him... I'll have to look some more.

Thank you so much for your advice, all of 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 / Re: Ripped the vinyl while rehairing, how to fix?
« on: January 18, 2015, 09:05:54 PM »
That might actually work, Attercop. I'll give that a shot later tonight and let you know. I wouldn't use the hair as I'm not sure it'll hold up to being sewn, and everything I've got left has been cut really short but I have some thread in the same color as the hair, so I'll try that, thanks!

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Customs / Re: Ripped the vinyl while rehairing, how to fix?
« on: January 18, 2015, 05:20:27 PM »
Potentially. I just am hesitant because really most of the hair is right there and I'm not sure how much of the hair will be salvageable once I do. I glued as I went and decided to start with the part, so there is likely quite a bit of buildup of glue on those plugs. I might actually rip it more if there is a lot of glue there as I'd be pulling from the outside rather than from the inside, correct?

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Customs / Re: Ripped the vinyl while rehairing, how to fix?
« on: January 18, 2015, 04:32:00 PM »
I've heard about liquid fusion, the thing is, I've already finished the reroot when this tear happened. I've never heard of using liquid fusion on the hair itself...I actually have that page open in another tab. I read that before posting here :(

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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! / Re: A nervous hello
« on: January 16, 2015, 04:44:01 AM »

Thanks, and yeah, I took that into account. But I go by that name in a great many sites and it's much much less likely that this site will show up in a google search by using it just the once, and I wanted to give people here the opportunity to recognize me if they would XD

But thank you everyone for such a warm welcome, I honestly didn't expect so many people to post, maybe one or two. It's really getting me jazzed up to get back to work on my projects! As well as making me feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

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Introductions! / Re: A nervous hello
« on: January 14, 2015, 06:16:40 PM »
Thank you so much for the warm welcome. I really hope to get at least one of them done by February and I can't wait to share.

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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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