Month: September 2017

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Hi folks! Your friendly neighborhood Mint here!

Recently, I’ve had people ask me about the broken shoes I bought to revamp, so I thought I’d put together a quick guide covering the process. You never know when you’ll come across doll shoes in need of some TLC!

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As you can see Nomi is very distraught! She broke the heel off her shoe when dancing, and the white leather is looking dingy. What’s a doll to do?

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Luckily Nomi’s friend Stephanie loves adding pizzazz to damaged goods!

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Before we work on restoring the shoes, we need to repair them! There are multiple methods when it comes to fixing a broken heal, some better than others. For Nomi’s shoes, I carefully and slowly used a drill to add a tiny hole to the broken parts so I could insert a pin to add stability. Once the hole was drilled, I filled it with a super-strong glue (E-6000 is my preferred adhesive) and inserted the pin into the loose heel before attaching the pieces back together. I then gave the glue a full 72 hours to cure.

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I’m Iza of Iza’s Face Ups and I’ve been a face up artist for 6 years. I’ve worked on many sculpts in all sizes and themes! This face up tutorial covers my method of working and is not the only method. This is just meant as a starting point to discovering your own style and way of working!

Before we begin, I wanted to cover the materials I use for painting dolls in no particular order:

  • Chalk pastels (Schminke, Daler Rowney, Winsor & Newton, and Rembrandt)
  • Shimmer powders (Jacquard Pearl Ex Pigments)
  • Watercolor tube paints (Koi)
  • Synthetic soft bristle brushes (Various brands including make up brushes, sizes range from 30/0 to 12)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Spray sealant (Mr. Super Clear UV-Cut Flat or Citadel Purity Seal)
  • Acrylic gloss (Liquitex Gloss Medium or Model Color Varnish)
  • Eyelashes
  • White glue (PVA or Elmers, just needs to be water soluble)
  • Cotton glove
  • Respirator (Needs to be have at least an N95 vapor filter on it!)

Now let’s begin!

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Hello and welcome to the YoSD sewing tutorial. I’m Nova, you may also know me as MyHeartIsSupernova, and today I’ll show you in few steps how to make a lovely dress for your YoSD.

It’s really easier than you think, especially since I’ll be sharing the pattern. Ready? Let’s give it a go!
Let’s start with materials. Obviously you need a fabric, in this case, a little heavier cotton will do for the bodice, you can also go with dupioni silk. For the skirt I’d suggest something thin like gauze cotton, dupioni silk will do too. You can use the same fabric to line your bodice. Whatever you go for, make sure it’s not synthetic, it won’t gather nicely and will be bulky. In which case you’ll have to press your gathering flat. Next on our list are a sewing machine, matching thread, two small snaps, scissors, pins, fabric pen and of course iron.

Pressing seams as you sew is very important, please don’t skip that!

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