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Customs / Re: Adventures in face-painting
« on: April 03, 2019, 09:43:07 AM »
You're 100% right, it is Deuce. I'm not 100% done with their faces, the reflection dots will be the absolute last thing I do before varnish I think cause I'm liable to smudge them if I go in with it now. Sadly don't have a Michaels over here (UK...booo) but thanks for the recommendation of liquitex , hopefully be able to nab some from Amazon or a hobby shop!

Customs / Adventures in face-painting
« on: April 02, 2019, 01:19:28 PM »
I finally got brave and bit the bullet...daring to paint/destroy two of my beloved monster high dolls so I thought I would share my progress so far.

They may be imperfect and wonky but they are my children so they are bound to be! I'm gonna keep working at them and then add some gloss on the eyes and lips, getting there but finding it quite tricky!

Excuse the poor quality photos, my lighting isn't too great.

Customs / Re: Adventures in wig-making
« on: June 02, 2018, 09:08:52 AM »
They look fantastic! I've been thinking about making a shaved wig or two too...and I think this is the push I needed! :p

Would love to see your Geisha wig too, once it's done!

Thanks SaelaVe and pandalei  :) definitely give it a go, they turned out much better than I thought they would, need to see yours too when you get them made up!

Customs / Adventures in wig-making
« on: June 02, 2018, 05:38:57 AM »
Been getting into wig making lately and really wanted to experiment with some flocking to create some shaved styles. Ended up making 2 punk style wigs, they styles weren't really planned - they just sort of emerged as I went along.

Definitely gonna keep experimenting with this kind of thing as I'm happy with the way it turned out for my first attempt! Giving the EAH gang some attitude :)

Also working on a geisha wig at the moment, been making a lot of kimonos so going to try and shift some on etsy and wanted a decent looking mannequin to model them.

Planning on trying a face-up soon of MH Venus and I'm so scared, though luckily my partner has agreed to help out.

Clawdeen's Closet / Re: Strawberry Crush's adventures in stitching
« on: July 08, 2017, 02:16:03 AM »

Managed to get some better pictures of my first kimono. Got another one in the works as well, plus a poison ivy corset. Been getting creative!

Customs / Re: Strawberry Crush's Customs
« on: June 29, 2017, 10:52:30 PM »
Yeah, normally I put their heads in hot water but my water wasn't running hot at the time so silly me decided to warm it up with a hairdryer. Think I'll fish out a wooden bead and have a go at fixing it that way. Thanks!

That video Ameyal, is what got me wanting to make a mermaid in the first place- that Meeshell is sooo pretty :)

Customs / Strawberry Crush's Customs
« on: June 29, 2017, 02:03:03 PM »
I'm veeeery new to doll customisation, but I love looking at all the lovely ideas other people have come up with. I've been making some custom doll clothes but today I thought I'd branch out a bit. I had bought a Lagoona from Ebay, but when she came she had very floppy legs, couldn't really pose her or anything so naturally she had to lose the legs and become a mermaid.

I've been looking at various techniques for doing this, I wanted the tail to be fully poseable. I decided to just go in with wire and wrap wool around it as it would allow me to fully control the shape of the tail...or so I thought - she ended up quite long, but hey...more tail to pose is a good thing...right? I then covered the wooly worm tail in spangly blue fabric and finished with a fantasy film fin. Still have to neaten the seams at the top and bottom a little but I'm happy with how it's turning out so far, well except for the fact the tail creases when it's posed but there's nothing I can do about that sadly. Need to figure out how to fix the neck peg snapped :cry:

Close up of the wooly worm tail:

Clawdeen's Closet / Re: Strawberry Crush's adventures in stitching
« on: June 29, 2017, 01:50:46 PM »
Been home sick today but decided to make the most of it and try my first pair of leggings. Quite happy with how they turned out for my first attempt, although the textured underpants make her look like she's wearing an adult diaper

Clawdeen's Closet / Re: Strawberry Crush's adventures in stitching
« on: June 10, 2017, 01:24:39 AM »
Yeah, we got ours second hand off Gumtree for about 60, you can change the stitch length which is useful for doll clothes cause I can make the stitches really tiny but the other features we haven't really used yet. Still early days, who knows I might end up getting fancy one day!  :biggrin:

Glad you like the kimono  :), my boyfriend bought me some more japanese print fabrics for my birthday so planning to make another one soon using one of those

Clawdeen's Closet / Re: Strawberry Crush's adventures in stitching
« on: June 08, 2017, 12:05:50 PM »
Yeah I like the control you can have hand sewing, especially on tiny doll clothes. You can place each stitch exactly where you want them to be.

Machine sewing if it's one straight line isn't too bad, but if it was a tiny doll top I wouldn't be able to do it. My partner had to show me how to use the sewing machine, lol. They are quite fiddly, still don't know what half the buttons actually do!  :blush:

Clawdeen's Closet / Re: Shahaila's Sewing Adventures
« on: June 08, 2017, 12:01:07 PM »
Yeah the bright colours suit the character really well. Can't wait to see them  :)

Clawdeen's Closet / Re: Strawberry Crush's adventures in stitching
« on: June 07, 2017, 02:32:03 PM »
Thanks!  :) Yeah it tripled the time it took to make the thing, I think next time I'm going to machine stitch most of it and just hand stitch the binding and the sleeves. All a learning curve though, no matter how long it takes I'm having fun with it :) Got another outfit in the works now, must get pics of it sometime.

Clawdeen's Closet / Strawberry Crush's adventures in stitching
« on: June 07, 2017, 01:02:51 PM »
Hi there, so I'm pretty new to the doll scene, just tinkering at the moment but I finally finished my first piece of clothing for MH or EAH dolls.

I chose to do a kimono for my first attempt as the patterns tend to be very basic, consisting of a series of rectangles. I didn't have a sewing machine either at the time so for a hand stitched garment I'm pretty happy with how it turned out, considering I haven't stitched anything since high school all those years ago.

I need to get some better pictures of my finished kimonos but for now this one will have to do:

Clawdeen's Closet / Re: ShortyBoo's Dolly Closet
« on: June 07, 2017, 12:30:53 PM »
Your dresses are all super cute, such lovely fabrics and nicely shaped clothes. Can' wait to see more  :)

Clawdeen's Closet / Re: Shahaila's Sewing Adventures
« on: June 07, 2017, 12:29:20 PM »
Oh my gosh, you make such lovely doll clothes. So bright and colourful, nicely done  :)

Introductions! / Re: Hello!
« on: June 07, 2017, 12:15:16 PM »
Thanks, hopefully can learn a trick or two along the way  :biggrin:

I'll definitely post pics of some of my wips on the customs board. Will be nice to get some feedback on them as well as see what awesome things everyone else has been getting up to

Introductions! / Hello!
« on: June 06, 2017, 03:49:06 AM »
Been sitting on my account on here since March, for some reason thought it hadn't been approved!

So a little about me then:

How old are you? 23
Where do you live? State, Country? Planet? UK, Planet Earth.

Do you work or attend school? Profession or major? I work full time as a civil servant at the MoJ.

Who are the important people in your life? My boyfriend, recently moved in with him after being together for 8 years. My parents and brother are really important to me also.

Dolls: I have a Venus McFlytrap that I'm currently customising and a Jackson Jekyll yet to be worked on. There's a few EAH dolls in the drawer, I just keep buying bundles from ebay, it's becoming a problem!

How long have you been collecting? About 3 months or so.

What made you want to collect Monster High dolls? I've always been interested in doll making, I wanted to learn how to make old fashioned porcelain dolls but decided it was too difficult for me. I've seen a lot of amazing custom MH dolls and thought I would give it a go myself.

Tell us about your collection! I've got a lot of customs planned and have a lot of fun shopping around for the right doll to fit the character I want to make.

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