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1  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: September 06, 2018 01:07:35 AM
This is the coolest WIP I have:

It's going to be Mortal Kombat's Sheeva. She's one of my favorite female fighting game characters of all time. She still needs quite a bit of work but I'm working on some collab dolls right now.

The second coolest WIP would have to be my dragon lady (who is also a collab doll).

Other cool WIP I have:

I recolored a DC Superhero Girls Supergirl doll's head to match Deuce Gorgon's body. It's going to eventually become Vega, a villain from the Street Fighter franchise.
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2  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: September 02, 2018 12:21:19 AM
Wryly, you are amazing for beading those tiny shoes Shocked

Chaos, your dolls' new faces are beautiful! I can't wait to see them finished *eager dance*

CLM, your embroidered greenery is nice! I need to do something to liven up my living room. The walls are still bare Tongue

My dragon lady has a face now:

I have got to save up for a proper set of Derwent color pencils because her beautiful green eyes are only ONE layer! Sadly, the set of Derwent pencils I want is expensive so it will be a long wait Tongue For her eye whites and the outline of her eyes, I used Pan Pastel. To get the precise lines, I used the silicone end of a sculpting tool and dabbed a small amount of pastel on it then drew on the doll's face. It was a challenge to keep the lines neat, but it looks great and took less layers than watercolor pencils alone would have taken! Her eyebrows need another layer (and maybe a touch of brown pencil) but other than that and her eyelashes, her face is complete. She even has red "polish" on her claws (it's barely visible on her hand there). Next up is her dress, which will be a vibrant red qi pao.
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3  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: August 28, 2018 11:11:02 PM
Gilda is definitely a cutie. I wish she had gotten more than one doll because she's hard to find Tongue
Here is a side-by-side of a factory Gilda and my golden dragon Gilda:

I also painted the green hair on Jinafire's tail to match the gold of her hair but it's drying from where I sprayed the last layer of MSC on it. The gold hair I used here is Midas Touch from The Doll Planet on Etsy.
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2018-Reach for Your Crafting and Creative Goals! in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: August 28, 2018 04:59:42 AM
Eventually I hope to post some complete projects but for now, have this lovely lady and her new head of hair:

I'm not sure how many hours it took to reroot her hair but I know it was at least 5. Rerooting takes a long time but it's so satisfying to do. If I can find one of her "sisters" I can show you her original hair color, skin tone, and horn color: I gave her a makeover to match a different doll's skin tone.

EDIT: I found one of my other Gilda dolls and took a pic to show a side-by-side comparison:

Dragon Gilda (I haven't got a proper name for her yet) has 3 layers of Rich Gold Pan Pastel on her head to make her a closer match to Jinafire Long's body. She also has a layer of Bronze and Light Gold Pan Pastels on her horns to make them lighter and more shimmery. I also painted the green hair on Jinafire's tail gold to match the hair (Midas Touch from The Doll Planet on Etsy) but it's not pictured because it's currently drying.
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5  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by RedheadWithThread on: August 28, 2018 04:50:35 AM
Been working on a bit of doll stuff lately. My most recent thing was rerooting this doll's head, which also received a skin tone change to match a different doll's body:

This lady is going to fall under Big Time when she's done.
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6  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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7  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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8  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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9  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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10  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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