Monster High Doll with Armour

Hi everyone. I hope you had a wonderful weekend. The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and everyone seems to be in good spirits.

I have recently started a new hobby  by customising my own little Monster High Dolls. After finishing my first doll I started on the second. The first one was very conservative in nature but I wanted to try something a bit more adventurous. I modelled my doll on one of my game characters in Neverwinter (when I still played :p)

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Here we go from start to finish

First I started again by removing the doll’s factory paint with acetone ( nail polish remover), cotton buds and cotton balls. This time went much better than the first time even though I smudged her one eye a little. After removing the factory paint I washed her face with warm soapy water and left her to dry. If you look closely you’ll see that I couldn’t successfully remove all of the factory paint.

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Next I sprayed her face with Mr Super Clear and left her to dry for about 5 minutes.I then started to draw her face with my water colour pencils starting with the eyes, then the eyebrows, eye lashes and lips. I would start with light colours and work my way up to the darker colours, spraying her with Mr Super Clear between layers. I sprayed her around 5 times. As soon as I were happy with how a certain part of her looked I would spray her and then go over that area again with a darker pencil. Remember to sharpen your pencils often because that makes all the difference.IMG_7770

After finishing her eyes I added some face tattoo’s because she is a warrior 🙂

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Initially I wanted to do the full armour but it proved to be a bit harder than I planned so I opted for minimal body armour and a skirt. To do this I used a fun foam sheet. I drew my ideas on a piece of paper and copied it onto baking paper in order to trace it on the fun foam. I started with her swords.IMG_7794.jpg

I cut separate pieces to get the desired look and then just glued them together. After which I decorated the swards to look like elemental fire weapons.

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After the glue dried I cleaned it up a bit by cutting away all the excess pieces of glue and painted all the pieces with black acrylic paint. When this dried I went over the glued areas with gold acrylic paints to get this look.IMG_7856.jpg

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I also had to paint her shoes black as I bought a doll with irremovable shoes and painted bodice, I then sprayed the shoes with Mr Super Clear to stop the paint from coming off over time.

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and there she is, my second little customised dolly 😀

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How to make a doll wig- First attempt

As you know my new hobby involves customising dolls. I have done a few face-ups but I want to expand into doing more than just the faces. Therefore I decided to try my hand at hair. There are 2 ways to change the hair on a doll. The first is to re-root the doll the other is to make a wig. Since I was too scared that I might ruin my doll by re-rooting her hair I decided to make a wig first. I used my Cloe Minifee doll for this as I don’t need to remove her hair since she had none to begin with.

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Please note this post contains some doll nudity

I had an old purple wig from last years’ Halloween so I decided to use the hair from that.

It was already wavy and I didn’t need to style it in any way. I started off by cutting pieces of hair to the length of about 15 cm from the wig.

1. I used a piece of plastic and lay it flat on the table. I then used glue and a paintbrush and smeared a line of glue on the plastic. I then proceeded by placing strands of hair on the glue and giving it another coating of glue on top.

2. When it was dry I covered my doll with clean plastic and placed a wig cap on her head. I covered the whole doll so that I wouldn’t get any glue on her.

3. I then cut the rough edges off the dried hair pieces.

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4. Next I then started at the bottom of the wig cap, applying some glue to the cap and placing the pieces of hair  to the glued areas working my way up until half of the wig cap was covered with hair.

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5.Then I drew a Line in the middle of the wig cap and proceeded by making the middle part ( watch this video for detailed instruction on how to make a middle part)

6. After the middle parting has dried I proceeded filling in the rest of the head with hair.

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This process took me a few days because I didn’t realise how much hair would be needed for this specific doll and I could only work on her after work. This means that as soon as I ran out of hair I had to start at step 1 again and wait for the hair to dry before continuing.

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A Witchy theme for Valentines Day

This year I decided to change it up a little for valentines day so each week I’ll be featuring a different theme. Last week we had a Vampire theme but this week we’ll have a witch theme. This idea has a lot of wonderful features, from love potions, herb infused meals and massage oils to enchant your lover this Valentines day.

Today I have made a ‘Love Potion’ and a ‘Lust’ potion. I was watching Shrek 3 the other day and noticed that the fairy god mother added some lust, passion and desire to her little love potion so I decided to do the same and what better way to throw all caution to the wind than to include some alcohol :p

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To start off you need some cute bottles that looks like it can hold potions. Then you’ll need some old paper to label your potion. I got my little bottles from our local Daiso store ( its like a $5 store). To make your paper look old, you can soak it in some tea and bake it in the oven for 5-10 minutes. It works better if you tear the paper before baking it rather than after.

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Then write your message on a piece of paper and place it in the container. Use the teabag to soak and colour the paper. Make sure you wet the whole piece of paper then remove and place in a baking pan or dish in the oven for 5 minutes. If you feel that you need a more burned look you can leave it in for another 5-8 minutes.

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I glued the paper to the bottles with syrup. That way I could easily remove it after use and reuse the bottles for something else later on.

I made two different cocktails mainly because the first one had grapefruit in it and my husband doesn’t care much for grapefruit. The second one I made with berry juice instead that’s also evident in the colours of the two ‘potions’. I also used LOTS of Vodka…maybe too much, so if you don’t mind a very strong vodka flavour in your drinks you can rather use 1 shot vodka per cup of juice. To be honest the drink is very potent so if you’re not used to drinking rather go for the softer version, because I only had a small sip here and there to taste the drinks and at one stage I was swinging around the living room… not really ideal when you’re preparing stuff for the blog.

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Love potion

Ingredients

  • 8 Tablespoons grapefruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple or white grape juice
  • 4 tablespoons strawberry Vodka

Combine in a blender and mix. Pour into cute little bottles for display

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  • 6tablespooons Grapefruit juice
  • 2 tablespoons Berry juice
  • 4 tablespoons strawberry vodka

Combine in a blender and mix. Pour into cute little bottles for display

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As mentioned above you can do a milder version of either one of the drinks by using 1 cup of juice for every shot of Vodka. You could also try my White wine sangria recipe.

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