Monday, January 20, 2014

Doll Make Over: Ideal Velvet - Swanhilda

 So here is my Ideal Velvet, she had a haircut before she came to me and needed a new hairstyle. I decided to try and do dred (or is it dread?) locks. I wanted her to have a sweet sort of Boho look and I chose  pink ice, lavender, and baby blue hair. Originally I was going to re-root her in blonde and add the colors too the front and top only, then I saw the hair and it was so amazing I thought I would just do her whole head in pink with a touch of purple. I got the hair from Doctored Locks it is weaving hair, Kanekalon jumbo braid. I was expecting a coarse brittle hair, as I used some hair labeled similarly a long time ago and did not like it---but I was impressed--this stuff is soft, brush-able with a gorgeous loose kink to it--just lovely! I also use Doctored Locks tutorial videos to make my dred locks.
 Above is a close up of Velvet's scalp after I removed the hair--see the big holes? Below is after I dunked her head in near boiling water to shrink the holes-it makes a big difference in the amount of hair you use and the makes rerooting easier particularly in the part line.
 Below are in-process shots of the reroot- I like to figure out before hand where I am going to place the colors-I actually changed my mind about the blue and removed the paint with Acetone and repainted it pink. Painting also helps the scalp not show through and call attention to the hair plugs.

I changed her eyes out--this is quite a difficult job on a Velvet doll, you have to get the head very very pliable with hot water and then push them out from inside the head---but that is much easier than putting the new ones in---you just got shove them in and it is HARD to do and you risk breaking them--but eventually I got them in. You could cut the plastic socket open and put them in from inside--much easier--but hard to get them to just right that way--rubber caulking  helps hold them in if you do it that way.

I got these hand painted sleep eyes from thecrissycobbler on Ebay and she is my friend so I just told her I want some "sea green beachy-peachy" eyes--and she so gets what I mean!
I also gave her some more eyelashes and changed her brows up a bit too--she has her original lip color.

I still hope to make her an outfit before the month is out but for now I just did some thrift shopping in my doll clothes bin for anything that would suit her Boho vibe.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Musings: Doll a Month

Well Happy New Year! Things have been a little frenetic here in my Dolly World as I am trying to wrap up and prioritize my projects as I start back to work after a three week break --and back to college after a two month break--this means not much Dolly time for me for the next half a year but I have sill-illy made a resolution to customize one doll a month --ALL YEAR! But, I have front loaded this resolution with some great ideas and great dolls that need make overs.

I have already started January's doll, Her name is Swanhilda, she is an Ideal Velvet, I repainted her and re-rooted her and also gave her a few dread locks--she still needs an outfit which I will find a way to finish before the end of January.
When she is done I plan to do a feature post on her and how she was customized.

The next dollies in the resolution line-up are the Furga Alta Moda dolls I got just before Christmas.
 Sylvie was in pretty great shape, I made her a dress using a vintage Simplicity Crissy pattern--they wear the same size in dresses (Crissy is a bit taller so pants need to be shortened.) Her hair is a bit fuzzy so someday I may reroot her. I did replace her eyelashes.
 These gorgeous gals have their original lashes--still debating keeping them or replacing them--I'm not a huge fan of the floss but they are iconic to these dolls, so gotta think about it. The Simona on the right is #3 on the resolution list, or March's girl. She is getting a reroot--always wanted a Simona with bad hair to reroot--this is her. Lefty here is a pretty much a perfect HTF Ash blonde version of Simona-she completes my Simona collection within a collection of S Girls.

This is Susanna!! I have wanted her for SO LONG!! She is #2 on the reso-listion, February's girl.
I already removed her eyes-(dunk head in VERY hot water and pry out with orangewood stick)-which were etched beyond repair--probably by someone cleaning them with a caustic chemical cleaner, her floss lashes had to come out as well of course. I ordered her some eyes already 20mm half round--hoping those work. She arrived with a pretty wig, but bald underneath and I do plan on rerooting her--in Saran as it only seems right to use saran on her. She's had a lip repaint--but I am kinda liking it...

SO I have a lot of projects, but I have given myself a lot of time to do them, one a month is not bad is it? I hope I am not later scrambling to catch up.