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« on: May 29, 2018 01:00:39 PM »

For quite a long time I had been wanting to repaint a doll and plucked up the courage to give it a go. It was RedheadWithThread's detailed How To Guide and her Self Portrait doll that was most encouraging, so I finally tried it out. It was my daughter's suggestion to transform a KuuKuu Harajuku doll into Coraline and I immediately thought that was an excellent idea. Mostly because Coraline's eyes are simple doable shapes and attempting realistic eyes on a doll isn't going to happen.



I haven't invested in a respirator mask yet, so this doll has not been sprayed with sealant. The face was drawn on with watercolor pencils and then painted with acrylic paints. She'll most likely hang out on my craft table and therefore it wasn't important to have a permanent face. Besides, this way I can always wipe it off and start all over!

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Mistakes were bound to happen, and mine was realized after I had spent an hour giving her a new face. Take care of the hair before painting the face! I had to struggle to remove the head and then all of the hair, and as a result, the face smudged a bit. Her clothes were thrown together from two pairs of outgrown knit pants and one shirt, generously donated by one of my kids.



Her hair is made from cheap-o blue acrylic yarn that I brushed, and brushed, and brushed. Took longer to do that than the rest of the dang doll!



But in the end, and after correcting her lazy eye, she came out Kinda Coraline.

"Coraline, what are you doing traipsing around the woods with no shoes?" (I attempted shoes. I really did. They were a total fail. Maybe I can commission Patraw to fashion her some kicks... Cheesy)



A big thank you to RedheadWithThread for sharing her wealth of information. Without it, I never would have gone through with it!
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2018 01:05:23 PM »

Shes FANTASTIC!
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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2018 01:06:18 PM »

She is so wonderful! I love her hairdo!
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« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2018 01:13:48 PM »

Well. There you going nailing it again!
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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2018 01:47:53 PM »

pft, what?! That's incrediballs, wow!
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« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2018 06:13:55 AM »

Incredible work pottermouth! 
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« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2018 09:06:11 AM »

Excellent customized doll!  I like the job you did on her eyes and lips and I need to try that brushed out yarn hair some time myself; I love how soft and wispy it looks.  Her outfit is simple, but cute, and I especially like the heart print shirt.

I don't have any, but NECA did some really nice Coraline dolls back in the day, but they all have hard, sculpted hair (in fact, your creation is the only Coraline toy I've ever seen with rooted hair):

http://www.mwctoys.com/REVIEW_020609a.htm

It's been a while since I saw the film, but, based on those dolls, she seems to have run around in socks a lot, so, I think you have the right look and I wouldn't worry too much about shoes.
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2018 12:07:16 AM »

I'm sorry I'm late to the party but she's awesome! Shocked
Kuu Kuu Harajuku dolls are fun to repaint because their big heads make them so much easier to work with. They're also great to practice on Cheesy
Also, Kuu Kuu Harajuku dolls are a bit harder to customize because of the tiny neck hole and the fact that the head is a thicker vinyl. I have a nearly finished KKH custom that I had to cut a hole in her head to get all the gunk out. I need to go finish up her hair and find her dress. **scurries away to work on her**
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2018 01:40:57 PM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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