A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.
Random Tip: If you see a project that you think is awesome and deserves to be a featured project, you can click the THIS ROCKS button to nominate it!
Total Members: 302,062
Currently Running With Scissors:
595 Guests and 27 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop


Pages: [1]
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: Monster High Reroots- Part 2  (Read 762 times)
Tags for this thread:  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit add to Wists
1+
 
averyg
Offline Offline

Posts: 1439
Joined: 06-Jan-2009

Personal poppet swap? PM me!


View Profile WWW
« on: February 26, 2014 11:51:28 AM »

I've recently become obsessed with rerooting Monster High dolls (as you can also see from this post). I purchase the dolls from Ebay, rip their heads off (using this method), and go to town, giving them funky hair styles (particularly using yarn that resembles dreadlocks). The girls typically take about half a season of TV to do (so roughly 8-10 hours each).

Here is my latest batch of girls (and, without a doubt, my most favourite to date)!

Frankie Stein:


Cleo de Nile:


Ghoulia Yelps:


I also just ordered another 22 dolls off of Ebay, so I'm sure that this won't be the last that you'll be seeing from me! Wink
THIS ROCKS   Logged

kittykill
Global Moderator
Guest Blogger
Needlework Moderator
Occasions and Holidays Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 31893
Joined: 25-Sep-2004

I got 99 problems, but a stitch ain't one.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2014 01:27:55 PM »

So cool! How hard is it to redo their hair? I love Monster High dolls, too.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

averyg
Offline Offline

Posts: 1439
Joined: 06-Jan-2009

Personal poppet swap? PM me!


View Profile WWW
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2014 01:39:36 PM »

So cool! How hard is it to redo their hair? I love Monster High dolls, too.

Once you get the hang of it, it's not that hard at all! The best method is to cut all of the dolls hair off and soak the head/ neck in hot water for about a minute or so and then slowly try to pull it off (you might have to submerge it multiple times), without breaking the neck prongs. Once that's complete, take some tweezers or pliers and try to remove the hair inside the head. Again, submerge the head in hot water, it helps to loosen the glue inside. When I first started out (7 dolls ago), it took me about an hour or so to complete this process, I can now do it in maybe twenty minutes (actually, I'm becoming increasingly better at yanking off the head in one pull).

After that, it's easy to reroot it- simply cut the hair to the desired length (I wrap my hair around the long end of a DVD case to measure it) and thread it through the pores using a doll needle (being sure not to pole any holes in the face/ neck). Depending on how much glue there may still be left in the head, you might have to use pliers to pull the needle through (plus, after working on dolls for two weeks straight, your hands will kill you, so using the pliers is nice in that regard). Once the string is hanging from the neck, knot it and then pull it back towards the head. Viola, hair!

I find the process of rerooting being similar to how I sew hair onto a poppet, so I really like it, since that's my favourite part of poppeting.  

I find that it takes about one small to medium sized ball of yarn to do an entire poppet (though this will vary according to how thick the yarn is- the thicker it is, the more you need- ask me how I know this Wink ).

And I do, too (obviously)! I think that my collection is up to about 40 now (not including any of these custom gals).
« Last Edit: February 26, 2014 01:40:18 PM by averyg » THIS ROCKS   Logged

kittykill
Global Moderator
Guest Blogger
Needlework Moderator
Occasions and Holidays Moderator

Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 31893
Joined: 25-Sep-2004

I got 99 problems, but a stitch ain't one.


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2014 01:43:32 PM »

Awesome! Thank you so much! I always wondered how it was done. I may have to give it a try.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

kjlutz
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

I am woman watch me grow!
Offline Offline

Posts: 5641
Joined: 23-May-2007

Wherever you've been, He's been there


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2014 09:04:06 AM »

thanks for all your tips, they look lovely, and it makes me want to try with a Barbie Doll
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Sometimes you get to change the world, and other times the world changes you.

Currently drowning in the sea called PhD.

Interested in swapping for I-Spy Quilt Squares and Scraps.
FreakieGeekie
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Queen of Quirky, lover of all things cute and creepy
Offline Offline

Posts: 3059
Joined: 28-Nov-2012

Proudly lets her freak flag fly


View Profile available for personal swaps
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2014 12:00:47 AM »

Love Frankie's hair. It's very cute Cheesy
If you want, you can order a set of lower arms from Mattel so that Frankie isn't one-armed.

You can take tweezers or something similarly narrow with a pointed (but not sharp!) end and scrape all the glue out of the head. It makes the rerooting process go faster.
Or drip a few drops acetone nailpolish remover into the head then run warm soapy water through the head.
THIS ROCKS   Logged

nmcakemom07
Offline Offline

Posts: 1163
Joined: 03-Aug-2008

All this acting normal is EXHAUSTING!!!!


View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2014 07:33:45 PM »

I have found that if you use a loom hook (like for a knitting loom about 2 dollars at wal mart) it digs out the hair quite well
THIS ROCKS   Logged

Given a cape, tiara and a strong cup of coffee, yeah, I could rule the world.


my pinterest: http://pinterest.com/nmcakemom07/
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
 
Jump to:  



FacebookTwitterPinterest
only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search



your ad could be here!

How-To Videos
How to Make Shrimp and Grits With Chorizo
Cooking Shortcuts: Weekday Meals You Can Prepare On The Weekend
4 Easy, Make-Ahead Super Bowl Treats
Recipe: French Toast Bake
How to Make a Peppered Grilled Hamburger With Special Sauce
Latest Blog Articles
@Home This Weekend: Lamp Transformation
Book Review: Handmade for Baby
Tute Tuesday: Warm Those Piggies!

Comparison Shopping




Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies
Comparison Shopping

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...
Moderators

Follow Craftster...






Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2015, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.