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1  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: May 19, 2018 10:42:18 PM
Prompt: RED ALERT! Month of the Geek
Team: Fandom
Project Name: Doll-sized Deadpool varsity jacket (take two)
Project Link: Here
Deadpool is one of my all time favorite comic characters (I saw Deadpool 2 Friday night. It was AMAZING!) He's a really oddball sort of guy and a badass to boot. So I made a Deadpool varsity jacket for my mini-me doll. But it came out a little wonky so I made another one for practice. I realize it looks a lot like the previous jacket, but it's not the same one: this one has a much better collar and the closure doesn't go all the way to the bottom so that it better fits the larger hips of the Ever After High girl dolls.
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2  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018: March 1 - May 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: May 19, 2018 10:35:21 PM
Prompt: Big Time #2
Team: Fandom
Bonus Points: Community, Swaptastic
Project Name: Punk Red Riding Hood
Project Link: Here
I'm not exactly sure how many hours I put into this, but I "watched" at least 12 episodes of The Real Ghostbusters as I worked on her and each episode is around 25 minutes long, so there was at least 5 hours put into her. And that's not even counting her hand-painted shoes Shocked She's quite honestly my favorite custom doll project so far.
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3  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: May 19, 2018 10:13:36 PM
CLM, that taco cord holder is so cute and useful to boot! Shocked I may need to make a few of those. The gift bags are awesome too but the tacos steal the show Cheesy
And people have told my husband and I that we're "sickeningly cute" because we understand each other and support each other so much Grin

I was partnered with gozer for the Nerd Games Swap and touched up and redressed a Frankie Stein for her:
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4  Punk Red Riding Hood (Frankie Stein paint over/fix) -very pic heavy- in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by RedheadWithThread on: May 19, 2018 10:09:05 PM
I was recently in the Nerd Games Swap and was partnered with the amazing gozer. I was so excited because she's AWESOME and I knew I would receive something amazing so I had to make her something equally great.
Like myself, gozer collects Monster High dolls and her favorite is Frankie Stein, the daughter of the Frankenstein monster. I can't blame her because Frankie is super cute.
I had an original release Frankie that I bought secondhand a while back to steal her shoes and belt for customs.
She's the one on the left:


But I couldn't bring myself to repaint her because I loved the original dolls' darker make-up so I was just going to change the color of her eyeshadow and give her some custom clothing.
Except that I had a mishap: when I used Goo Gone to remove the sticky gunk from her hair due to glue seepage/melted hair elastic, I got a bit of it on her face and when I wiped it off, it took off some of her factory paint! Shocked

Post accident:


Frankie was upset about it:


I was briefly upset then I told myself it'd be okay because I could easily fix her.
Well...maybe.
I had never tried to do a fix/touch-up/paint-over on a doll, only full repaints. I didn't know if I could emulate the original paint well enough for it to pass. But I knew I wouldn't know unless I tried so I gave it a go.
And I was pleasantly surprised with the results:


I changed the color of the eye shadow, as well as the shadows under her eyes, darkened her facial stitches, darkened her eyebrows, and gave her some subtle shading on her cheeks, corners of her mouth (in an attempt to give her a pouty look), and at the inner corners of her eyes (not as subtle):





Her crop top I made from a pattern that I hastily drew up because I couldn't find one I liked. I seem to have lost the pattern so I can't make another but Frankie's came out nicely the first try:


Her skirt was taken from a "Coffin Bean" Toralei that my sister gave me, as were her shoes. I made the leggings myself with the underwear/bikini/leggings pattern from Requiem Art Designs.


The shoes were cute but dull so I painted the details to make them pop (they were originally solid red):


Honestly, painting the shoes was the hardest part of this whole custom but it was so worth it because they look better that way.
I don't know if you can tell from the photos, but the spikes on one shoe are darker than the spikes on the other. It's really subtle but I did it as a nod to how Frankie dolls sometimes had mismatched shoes.

I know what you're thinking "If she's a modern Red Riding Hood, where's the hood?"
Well, she's a modern gal so instead of a traditional hooded cloak, she's got a hoodie:






The hoodie pattern is also from Requiem Art Designs and is the same as the one I used for my mini-me's Deadpool varsity jacket Smiley
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5  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: May 19, 2018 10:07:24 PM
I didn't do a full repaint on this girl, but I did touch her up a bit (after ruining her):


She went to gozer in the Nerd Games Swap and has a thread of her own on the Toys board.
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6  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: May 17, 2018 11:10:27 PM
I made another Deadpool varsity style doll jacket:


It only used a tiny bit of stash but every little bit counts, right?
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7  Doll-sized Deadpool varsity jacket in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by RedheadWithThread on: May 17, 2018 11:09:05 PM
I decided to make a second Deadpool jacket in an attempt to improve upon my miniature sewing skills. This is actually the third varsity jacket made from this pattern from Requiem Art Designs. The second was a Captain America inspired one but I can't find my blue thread to sew on the Velcro.
Anyway, this one came out much nicer than the first, especially the collar, which I struggled with the first go 'round.

Front:


Back:



Though this one looks nicer, I'm more partial to the first I made:


I still need to make new clothes for Red but I joined three doll collabs on Instagram and need to work on those dolls first.
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8  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: May 17, 2018 11:00:03 PM
I made another Deadpool varsity style jacket, modeled by Red:


For comparison, here's Red in her Deadpool jacket:


I'm going to touch up her eyes soon and my husband informed me that I should touch up her lips because mine are a little more pink. Smiley
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9  Re: Spring Nerd Battles 2018 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RedheadWithThread on: May 14, 2018 02:53:12 PM
I got my package today and it is AWESOME! Cheesy

Look at this cute bag:




Inside the pocket there's more Pokemon:


There was neat stuff inside:


Inner pockets:


The neat extras:


Look at the cute Nessie ladle! That Doctor Who scarf is pretty sweet, too, and light enough to be worn around here Cheesy If anyone's wondering "Why on earth did she give you false lashes?" It's because cheapie false lashes are great for custom dolls since they're not super thick.

The scarf by itself:



An awesome D20 ice cube mold, a folding/turning tool (I think that's the name? I know it's use!), and a measuring tape (always can use one of those!)

And last, but not least, a D20 holding dragon:


My husband called me on Skype while I was opening the dragon to get a picture of it. He asked what I was doing so I turned the camera around to show him my neat craft swap goodies and he says "Oooh! I can have that dragon, right?" So he's going to go to my hubby when he comes home Smiley
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10  Self-portrait doll (aka Red) PIC HEAVY in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by RedheadWithThread on: May 12, 2018 03:04:35 AM
Exactly what it says on the tin Smiley I'm calling her Red because it's one of my many, many nicknames.



Close-up of her jacket:


Red's jacket was made using the Hoodie/Letterman pattern from RequiemArtDesigns on Etsy. I actually own a similar jacket but the red parts on my jacket are a brighter shade of red and my jacket has pockets. (I may go back and add strips of the red fabric so that it looks more like the real thing.
The Deadpool logo and black stripes were all hand painted with acrylic paints, as was the small section of black on the front of the jacket at the bottom.

The base doll for this project has been sitting in my stock box since late 2014.
I bought a Holly O'Hair doll (Ever After High) specifically to make a self-portrait doll, wiped and prepped her face, then put her back in the stock box because I couldn't bring myself to cut her long, pretty hair.
I was also afraid I would ruin her because my repainting skills at that time were less than amazing. I've since watched a lot of repaint videos and finally decided to bite the bullet and work on her so I could cross her off my to-do list. (Also, I bought another Holly so I would have a long-haired redhead.)

First layer of watercolor pencils:


Next-to-last layer of watercolor pencils:


After that layer of watercolor pencils, I gave her face some freckles (the darker freckles are intentional and echo my own):


I also repainted a pair of clear resin eyeglasses that I bought from Plastic-Curves.com way back when (sadly, she no longer carries this style):


Comparison to my actual glasses:


The doll on the left is what Red looked like before her repaint (minus the outfit, which isn't even for the same doll):



Expect more photos of her sometime in the near future: I've got to make her some clothes that actually fit (those pants are from a Monster High doll and don't Velcro over the EAH body's larger hips).
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