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1  Changing skin tones -WIP- in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by RedheadWithThread on: August 08, 2018 12:56:13 AM
I want to make a doll of Vega (Balrog in Japan) from Street Fighter but none of the male dolls I have had the right face shape for him as he doesn't have a strongly squared jaw or dimpled chin. But I did have a DC Superhero Girls Supergirl who was missing a hand whose face shape looked to be a good match.
Problem was the Supergirl doll was tan and Vega, as well as the Deuce doll, is paler.
Skin tone changing is something that other doll artists do quite regularly.
It can be done rather easily if you own an airbrush, but I don't own one and don't know that I ever will.
I do, however, have chalk pastels, Mr. Super Clear, and a lot of determination.
So after cleaning up Supergirl's head I put two layers of white Pan Pastel on the head (with MSC in between each layer) to prime it. Then I used a layer of a cream colored soft pastel followed by a layer of a peach-ish color then finally a layer of the cream and the peachy color together.

And I have to say, that I'm pleased with the result:


Comparison to DC Superhero Girls' Wonder Woman's head, which is about the same color as Supergirl's head was before the transformation:



This section is a WIP because I'm going to test this color changing method on other dolls with different skin tones at a later date. Right now I have several dolls I want to finish first.
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2  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: August 08, 2018 12:33:21 AM
CLM, I love those pouches, especially the sock monkey one Smiley

Okay so I don't have anything complete to share but I do have some more WIP photos to show y'all that I am working on some pretty neat stuff:

Asian dragon lady ("Asian" because I haven't decided which country she hails from yet):


She's going to be a hybrid of Gilda Goldstag and Jinafire Long: Gilda is a golden hind and Jinafire is a Chinese dragon. I saw another doll artist had made a dragon by hybridizing the two dolls (she also gave her doll wings) and asked how she color matched Gilda's almost golden skin to Jinafire's body. She was kind enough to tell me the secret: Pan Pastel in Rich Gold. I used 3 layers.
I'm currently working on rerooting her with some nylon hair. It's so tedious but the color is perfect.

Color matched a head for a Deuce Gorgon body:


Deuce's face shape doesn't suit Vega, the beautiful fighter from Street Fighter so I took the head off a DC Superhero Girls Supergirl doll and changed the skin tone to match Deuce's body.
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3  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: August 02, 2018 08:49:53 PM
Just swinging by to show y'all I'm okay (I like that people here look out for each other so much Kiss) and to show my current WIP, who will definitely be another BIG TIME project by the time I've finished her; she may even qualify for EPIC points, I'm not sure yet.



She's going to be Sheeva, the female Shokan warrior (4-armed race) from Mortal Kombat.
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: August 02, 2018 08:34:02 PM
OMG! Chaos! Those galaxy rocks are captivatingly beautiful! Shocked Just...WOW! And the painted C is also stunning <3

MistressT, I love those silly little packages! I would have loved that back in my school days (who am I kidding? I'd use them NOW)

ETA: I was so blown away by the galaxy rocks I forgot to post a WIP of my current project! Roll Eyes



My local Walmart put their stock of DC Superhero Girls dolls on clearance so I bought 3 Wonder Woman dolls: two for me to customize and one for my little guy because I knew he'd try to steal mine (he always does). At first, I was going to turn one of the WW dolls into Xena, Warrior Princess but then a fellow doll artist on Instagram shared a photo where she had modified a Monster High doll to have four arms and I thought "I could do that and make a doll of Sheeva!" Sheeva is the four-armed female Shokan warrior from the Mortal Kombat franchise and is one of my favorite MK characters.
The doll still needs a LOT of work before she looks like her namesake, but I'm so proud that I was able to give her that second set of arms! The hardest part (so far) was fixing the articulated torso in place with Apoxie Sculpt. Second hardest part was getting the arms off the donor doll because I couldn't find my hacksaw so I had to use a mallet and a screwdriver to pry her torso apart.
The secondary set of arms are able to rotate at the "shoulder". The DC Superhero Girls doll line doesn't have very good articulation when compared to Monster High and Ever After High dolls but she works.
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5  Re: Summer Nerd Games 2018: June 1 - August 31, 2018 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: July 19, 2018 11:19:54 PM
Prompt: Big Time #1
Team: Anti-Hero
Bonus Points: Community, WIP It
Project Name: Elara
Project Link: Here
Elara was started several months ago and after several hours of work on her face, I messed up and had to wipe the slate (aka her face). So I put her aside. I finally decided to give her a go again and am quite happy with the result. I like her new face much better than the first I had given her Grin To read more about her, click the link.


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6  Re: 2018 Annual DeStashAlong Thread in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: July 19, 2018 11:09:23 PM
I haven't done much destashing in my absence. I've actually added to my doll stash Shocked
But I also made a couple of custom dolls. One turned out less than nicely and I don't have any good photos of her but the second turned out beautifully. I gave the first to my sister but I still have the second one so here she is:


Her name is Elara and she's a hybrid doll made from Howleen Wolf's head and hands on a Cleo De Nile body. She has her own thread on the Toys board Cheesy
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: July 19, 2018 11:06:36 PM
Sorry I've been away for so long! I've made a couple of dolls in my absence. One I'm not too fond of and don't have good pics for and I also gave her to my sister so she's gone. But the other came out amazingly and I still have her so here's a pic of her:


Her name is Elara and she's a hybrid doll made from Howleen wolf's head and hands on a Cleo De Nile body. She has her own thread on the Toys board Smiley
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8  Elara, a Monster High hybrid doll repaint (lots of pics) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by RedheadWithThread on: July 19, 2018 11:03:45 PM
Howleen Wolf is one of my favorite Monster High characters because she's cute and spunky. One of my favorite things about the character/doll is that one of her ears is floppy, which only adds to her attitude.
So I wanted to give her a makeover that suited her character. I redressed her instead of making her clothes because I really liked this outfit for her.
Completed repaint on my sofa:


On my carport, so that she looks like she's waiting to get into a venue:


There are LOTS of Howleen repaints out there that utilize her shorter little sister stature to make adorable, youthful girls.
But I wanted my Howleen to stand out. So I decided I would body swap her with a Cleo De Nile I had whose skin tone was a perfect match.* I also swapped out her hands since Howleen's hands are curled like claws.
She was nearly finished at one point but I ruined her face and had to wipe it, which was actually a good thing because I love her new face even better.
The process:
First I wiped her face and put her head onto a Create-A-Monster body so that I didn't get paints or pastels on it and put down some light pencil work and some pastel on her lips


Then I used some purple yarn to give her "dreadlocks", which I glued on but it slipped off (I think I didn't let the glue dry enough before wrapping her hair up.) In this photo, she also has pencil work on her eyes:
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I can't find any more photos, but at one point, she had purple eyes that were nearly the same color as her lips. But when I started applying the paint to the whites of her eyes, I slipped and couldn't get the paint to wipe off so I wiped her with acetone and put her aside. (The original version of this girl was started before my mini-me.)

Here are some photos of her hair, which was strategically rooted this time around. Her whole head isn't rooted as that would be way too much.






Building up the color of her face:











**Not all dolls of Cleo and Howleen have matching skin tones. I know their skin tones may look like they match in this photo due to the flash, but the shorter Cleo on the left (who got Howleen's body) is darker than the Cleo next to her and the Howleen next to Elara is lighter than her. Inconsistent skin tones are a common thing with Monster High: a doll made in Indonesia is often a slightly different skin tone (in this case darker) than one made in China and the difference is easily missed unless you're holding two of the dolls side-by-side for comparison.




If anyone is curious, Elara is wearing a random earring (not sure who/what it came from but I lost its mate), Ghoul's Night Out Spectra's outfit (minus the belt, which I lost), Music Festival Venus' VIM badge, and Emoji Clawdeen's boots. Emoji is one of the new, super basic dolls with no articulation; I only have her because she came in a doll lot I purchased. I stole her shoes for this custom and put her head on a spare Clawdeen body.
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9  Re: How do you organize your craft supplies??? in Discussion and Questions by RedheadWithThread on: July 19, 2018 09:48:45 PM
My doll stash went from this horribly messy "stock box":


To organized in four drawers of a spare dresser that holds yarn.
First drawer is dolls I have 100% concrete plans for:


Second drawer is fantasy skin tones:


Third drawer is natural, human skin tones:


Fourth drawer is clothes, shoes, and accessories along with dolls with missing pieces (arms, hands, etc):


The yarn is now in the doll box:


Not pictured: several dolls I recently bought in a lot because they were a steal.
ETA: if anyone is curious, I forget exactly how many I have, but I know I have 100+ dolls in my stock box.
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: June 02, 2018 07:41:29 PM
Does rescuing a doll's hair from being chopped off count as a craft? I haven't decided who/what to make of her yet, but I was able to save her hair.

Before (alongside an Elsa who is also going to get a rescue/make-over):


After:
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