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AnimeDYIer
« on: February 02, 2011 12:51:26 PM »

I've been debating on and off if I want a monster high doll or not The more I thought about it the more I liked the idea of having my new characters as dolls so what should I do? I should note I've tried making plushies of my characters before and end up throwing some of them out (like all but one) I also love dollography so thats imporent when deciding this Also I tried repainting a doll before and it looked horrible

buy a monster high doll?

buy a doll to customize (how would I go about it?)

Make an six artist dolls about the size of a pullip?(I have 6 new characters you see) (again how would I go about it?)

so..advice? which is better?
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« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2011 08:56:55 PM »

It all really depends on what you are wanting to do.  Can you buy a doll that looks like you want already?  Then buy the doll.  If you want a different hair color, then reroot the doll hair.  If the doll isn't painted they way you want, and you can't find a doll that will do, then take off the old paint and repaint over.  There are tutorials out there on how to do a repaint/reroot customize dolls.  And of course, then there are the clothes to sew/crochet/knit. 

If you decide to repaint a doll, then I'd just try it on one doll first, instead of planning on doing alot of dolls at once.  Monster High Dolls were $4.00 off at Target this week.  So check out when you can find them on sale.  Each version of the dolls have different face paints and the hair is different for each version as well.  There is the original version, the beach version and the dance version.  So you may find one that doesn't need alot redone.  I think that cleo, draculara, frankie and claudeen are the ones that are available in all 3 versions. 
I used to have some really good links on customizing fashion dolls, but they are all bad links now.
Repaint dolls:
http://www.delilahnoir.com/how-to-paint-doll-makeup-delilahnoir-tutorial_a/223.htm
http://www.squidoo.com/Repaint-a-doll
Reroot dolls:
http://www.ehow.com/how_4839501_reroot-a-doll.html
Monster High Shoes:
http://fashiondollshoes.blogspot.com/search/label/monster%20high%20doll
Monster High Clothes:
http://monsterhighcatzi.blogspot.com/2010/10/dc-halloween-at-monster-high.html
http://tarjascrafts.blogspot.com/2010/10/clothes-for-monster-high-dolls.html

Hope this was some help.
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2011 08:41:32 PM »

You could always get an Asian Ball Jointed Doll (BJD).  They are totally customizable, but a little pricey depending on what you get.

Check out this forum: http://www.denofangels.com
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2011 04:30:06 PM »

Monster High dolls are not that expensive, so why don't you buy the ones you want to collect, then buy duplicates of them for customizing. That way you won't feel bad about ruining an expensive doll if your customizing work does not turn out as planned. I'm not saying they won't look good, but it sounds from your post like you are a beginner at this, and Monster High dolls would be perfect practice dolls because of their low price, and because they are so readily available. Also, they look cool customized. Collectors love them, especially customized. It doesn't make sense to buy a Pullip, or an expensive BJD to customize until you are 100% sure you have the skills to make it look the way you want. Buy one after you have practiced enough.
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2011 01:58:31 PM »

I really like thew MH dolls. I think the only issue with repainting though wouls be the skin color. They arent painted pink, blue, etc, thats actulay the color of the vinyl. It works if your characters have funky skin tones.
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2011 12:54:23 PM »

Since you're a beginner, it might be fun to make your own from a Barbie or Ken bought at a thrift store since they're only a dollar a piece. You can paint their skin using a mod podge and paint to thin the paint, and you can redye the hair using Rit dyes, or re-root the hair using yarns, or just make a wig. Another option would be to use a bratz doll which would give you a larger head to work from. As for making the clothes, this would be the perfect oppertunity to learn how to construct and drape clothes. However if you are not confident in all of these areas, you might as well just buy the doll. They're pretty inexpensive.
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« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2011 10:24:32 PM »

I really like the idea of repurposing an old barbie.  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2011 09:51:10 PM »

A buddy of mine customizes Monster High dolls. She's got a tutorial here:

http://go-monsterhigh.livejournal.com/1058.html

Poke around that blog to see more pictures. You can also check out her flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/skada/

And, there's always this Flickr group, totally dedicated to custom Monster Highs!

http://www.flickr.com/groups/1736520@N21/

I didn't make any of the dolls. Hope it helps!
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« Reply #8 on: February 24, 2013 08:44:30 PM »

You can paint their skin using a mod podge and paint to thin the paint

Does that work over the entire body? I was thinking of buying a cheaper MH boy and want to paint the skin a light grey.
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