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Customs / Re: SilkSpun reroots
« on: August 06, 2013, 03:55:08 PM »
Eee thanks for the nice replies everyone! <33 Sorry for the slow response, I was camping over the last two days, whee. ^.^

oooh gorgeous!! Does Walmart carry that type of yarn? and what is the namebrand?
I'm not sure if it does, but the brand I use the most is Bernat Satin (just because my local craft shop stocks a ton of it, haha). Really any very soft 100% acrylic yarn will work fine, I'll use any brand that feels soft enough. The trick is to use a pet slicker brush, and brush very slowly and carefully, brushing each plug individually before rooting them. I have a tutorial on the MLP arena here.

@Cate_Dartfinger - Wow thanks! I'd love to reroot a doll that has your glass eyes in it someday maybe, I think the combo would look really awesome. :love:

Customs / SilkSpun reroots
« on: August 03, 2013, 09:17:00 PM »
Yay, I finally have some MH reroots finished to show off! ^.^

Operetta's done with brushed-and-straightened acrylic microfiber yarn, she sure took me a while. :dazed: I'll have her repainted soon, too!

Ghoulia's done with the same technique (brushed microfiber acrylic yarn), just not straightened - it makes the final result a lot like mohair, only it's vegan, yay! She'll be repainted soon, too, I want to go for a Victorian-esque zombie theme for her.

If you like those I AM open for microfiber reroot commissions! Basic straight styles (like operetta) are $65, and faux-mohair (like ghoulia) are $60. I can do regular or CAM heads, in most any color or color combo. I've got info on MLP reroot commissions here, too. Please note me if you're interested in anything! <3

Monster Discussion / Re: Just an FYI for savy shoppers who want dolls
« on: August 03, 2013, 07:29:07 PM »
15% off is better than the "nothing" I've been getting from my TRUs XD

Sorry for the rant!  I just get emotional when it comes to TRU :blush:  How could throwing me a 15% off coupon hurt anyone?  I just dropped $90 dollars.  If I had that coupon, I would have saved one whole dollar on my order.  Are you really gonna upset a customer over a dollar?  On the flip side, am I really gonna let a dollar get me this angry? 

It's amazing what a dollar can do, eh? :haha:
Actually you'd have saved $13.50, if it were 15% off of $90...  ^^; Unless you meant $9?

Monster Discussion / Re: M H Swap?
« on: August 02, 2013, 08:54:49 PM »
Could we buy something online and get it directly shipped to our partner?

That's not really in the spirit of a swap. For a swap, you gather the materials up and send it in one big box. You have to wrap all of the things. You include a card with your info. It's like a big MH Secret Santa. You include extras like candies or goodies from your region. You do some research on your partner, and include little things they might like. It's a great way to make friends.
I'd suggest recommending participants put a short "things you like" list on their wishlists, too, if you didn't have it in mind already... I'd just worry about how this forum is pretty new, and not being able to find sufficient info about someone's off-topic likes otherwise. ^^;

Monster Discussion / Re: M H Swap?
« on: August 01, 2013, 07:58:28 PM »
Ok guys, for those of you who are interested: you might want to start compiling a list of wanted dolls in the $15-30 price range.  In your sign-up message, you'll need to submit a list of 10-15 wanted dolls.  Please give some variety, not all brand new releases please and no super expensive dolls on your lists.  If accepted, please be ready to post and link your Swap Wish List in the Wanted section.
Neato! Can we include furniture / add-on sets if they're within the price limit, or is it just for dolls?

Monster Discussion / Re: M H Swap?
« on: August 01, 2013, 03:06:36 AM »
The sign ups are coming soon!  Who is interested?
I am! Sounds like way too much fun. :love:

Monster Discussion / Re: Problem with the new saddle stand
« on: July 31, 2013, 10:57:20 PM »
Lame job, Mattel! :P I'd suggest cutting some black cardstock to-shape to fit between the base and the bottoms of her feet, with a circle cut in the middle for the stand to go through. It blocks the design of the base, but it's a trade-off, I guess.

Customs / Re: Can you do this? What'll it cost?
« on: July 31, 2013, 09:41:49 PM »
I would definitely like to try it but I haven't rerooted a doll with hair that short before! I'd be worried about the scalp showing, so she'd need pretty dense rooting all over to keep that from happening too badly... I've done short spiky styles on ponies before, though!

If you really want me to, I'd like to try something similar as a test run on another doll first instead, just to see if it would actually work and how it would look (then I'd keep or sell that test doll or something). Based off of that, I could give you a commission quote, if you'd like. I could estimate it being around $80, though.

Another thing you could do (which would probably be cheaper than a reroot commission from me since this style would be SO work-intensive, lol), is to seek out someone that makes fur wigs for BJDs... You can get them really short, like this, and with a little haircut and some styling, it could probably match that Halle Berry ref pretty well!

Monster Discussion / Re: Just an FYI for savy shoppers who want dolls
« on: July 30, 2013, 10:44:52 PM »
I just got back from TRU and got a 20% off one item coupon for that date! I'm glad you posted this or I wouldn't have checked in the bag and it would have gotten tossed, haha! ^^;

Customs / Re: What are you working on? Community WIP post & chat!
« on: July 30, 2013, 02:24:10 PM »
Thank you for the nice comments on my reroot so far, everyone! <33

Sparrowberries - I don't have a tutorial transcribed anywhere else, but I have one on the MLP Arena - If you don't have an account I don't think you can view the pictures, but you can read it! You basically just slowly brush out yarn with a pet brush, then run a hair straightener over it... one single strand at a time... over and over until your arm falls off... :P

mermaid - yes yay! I first had her in pink & yellow for a "pink lemonade" color scheme, but changed my mind last minute, haha.

Dorriebelle - omg I love Monster Mini Customs. *-* I found them on Etsy just a while ago, their stuff is so cool! (here it is, for anyone else who hasn't seen)

Customs / What are you working on? Community WIP post & chat!
« on: July 30, 2013, 12:42:54 AM »
I thought it would be fun to start a thread where everyone could talk about whatever they're working on, in whatever stage of the process. Kind of nice for when you don't quite feel like a WIP step is momentous enough to make a new thread, lol.

To start things off, here's my first MH rehair I've been working on...

She's rerooted with brushed-and-straightened microfiber acrylic yarn, which takes FOREVER... I've been working on her for hours and hours for three days straight. :whoa: She's really close to being done though, and then I can glue in her hair and brush out that frizz!

So, what are you working on? ^.^ Feel free to brainstorm, ask for help, or discuss ideas, too!

Oh yes, I already messaged Mattel as well. It was a good suggestion!

Oh, how I do hope we get a mass release for Wydowna someday! It would be interesting to see her with different hairstyles and makeup...and then we wouldn't have to worry about her breaking and not being able to get a replacement easily.
I really really really hope they re-release her, since I LOVE her sculpt. I'm beating myself up over not getting her when she was available for a reasonable price (especially since I have friends in san diego! argh!)... but I did only really get into MH about a week ago, so it couldn't really be helped, lol! :P

That sounds like a great idea Silk!  Have you tried it before on a doll?
Nope, that's just what I brainstormed from looking at the pieces! :P Since it looks like you have to sandwich that little broken piece between the joint and the hip, using rubber cement is the best way I can think of holding it in place in order to glue it down...

To fix it first I'd stick the broken piece onto the white leg joint with just a little rubber cement - just enough to hold it in place. Then dab super glue onto the curved edge of the broken piece and the inside of the leg joint area in the hip - the areas where the two pieces should meet. Carefully stick the joint in place, making sure the two pieces are attached firmly, and let the superglued pieces set. After it's completely set, swivel the leg to "rub off" the rubber cement, which should come free. You should probably test it with JUST the rubber cement to make sure it'll come loose first, by dabbing a little onto the broken piece, gluing it to the leg joint, then swiveling it off by hand.

I hope that makes sense! If you need a better description I can draw a diagram. Good luck, I hope you can fix this!

I had a similar problem with my RM Frankie. I just took the hair and punched the new holes in. I didn't worry about the existing glue or anything. It hasn't been an issue for me.
Nice! Did you remove her head and glue the new plugs in place, too, or just leave them as-is? How firmly did they stay in place?

I bought a Dance Class Lagoona recently, and wound up really disappointed with the rooting on her hair... They filled in her front hairline and part okay, but the entire rest of her head is like THIS:

I was mega disappointed when I deboxed her, because she's the first MH doll I've bought to just keep for myself AS A DOLL, not for custom work... :eesh:

I'd like to take a matching color of blonde dollyhair and fill in her bald spots with a reroot tool, but I've never done reroot work on a doll that already has hair and glue in place. I'm worried about not being able to glue the new plugs in properly if there's already dried glue blocking their path...

So, should I do a partial rooting like I'd planned, or is it better to fully reroot her entire head? Any help or experience is really appreciated!

Monster Discussion / Re: Which doll would you recommend for kids?
« on: July 27, 2013, 05:00:11 PM »
I know when I were a kid I would have LOVED Howleen (I already do though, but... lol. the opinion still stands.  :P ) Her clothes are funky and awesome, she's younger-looking, that floppy ear is to die for, and her "RAR!" hand pose is great.

Depends more on what the kid's style is, though... Girly? Sporty? Punk-ish? Get a doll that kinda matches her personality!

Clawdeen's Closet / Re: Pattern Making
« on: July 26, 2013, 11:14:04 PM »
My favorite pattern test fabric is... plain bed sheets from the thrift store! :P You get a ton of perfectly usable fabric for just a couple bucks. Great deal!

Customs / Re: customizing question
« on: July 26, 2013, 11:07:37 PM »
How do you keep it out of the hair when you do faceup repaints? 
Wrap up the hair in cling wrap and masking tape! ;) I can double-vouch for Testors Dullcote, I love it. It dries super fast and is 100% matte and very very clear (Mr Super Clear can have a tiny bit of an opaque tinge when it's used over dark colors). Just make sure you only use it outside!

Off Topic / Re: Pinkie Cooper
« on: July 25, 2013, 05:14:29 PM »
I am SO EXCITED FOR THESE. I want ALL OF THEM. *weeps* Unfortunately I've spent way too much on toys this month already, haha! Soon though I'll be getting the full line and doing customs! I instantly fell in love with them when I found out about them, because they remind me so much of Blythe dolls and anthro BJDs... so cute and perfect. <3 One of the first things I want to try to do is figure out if their eyes can be removed and replaced, for resin-cast Blythe-style shiny eyes and faux lashes...

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