Sorry my photos are so orange. My camera is not great, and I only had yellow light!!
So instead of uploading a bunch of pics separately, I figured this would be better.
This is my first reroot of a Monster high doll. (gloom beach draculara)
Kinda wanted to show my step by step process. finished this all in one day~ ♥ I went into a zen-mode and just tried to knock it out. XD
So I clipped all her hair, cleaned the paint off, and let the head sit in the sink full of acetone for the glue.
(found out the scalp paint likes to smudge EVERYWHERE.) =A= it all came off eventually, and it loosened the glue inside the hair plugs. (I used 100% acetone)
Whatever that tool in the second photo is called...it's the best thing ever. I tried using tweezers to pull out the hair plugs, but it took forever, and didn't get nearly as much out. These medical tool thingies, someone help me with the name, work fantastic. They are MUCH longer, and grip very well.
So anywho, I started plugging away, and ended up with a huge mane. I'll be trimming it back, and giving it shape soon.
The yarn I found at Big Lots for $1, and ended up using the whole bundle for this one reroot job. Looked really cool as dreadlocks, since the yarn varied widths and colors.
The braid I added was just for fun, but this hair is crazy fun to style. There is so much of it, and you can do a lot of stuff.
The part I did was tedious, but added to it I think. I put a bit of glue over the part, to help it stay woven. There is also glue inside the head for the plugs. I've been putting light layers of glue at a time, but adding more as I go.
Hope you like my little photos, since this was fun to do! ♥
Can't wait to start on the Ghoulia next. The very top photo is of all the dolls I'm working with. Obviously the first 2 on the left are MH dolls. (dead tired Ghoulia, gloom beach draculara, and I got a new one today- gloom beach abbey) the mermaid I found at the thrift store for $1, so I'm going to use her tail for a mermaid custom MH doll. The little one there is a Ghostbusters - Janine Melnitz doll. Found her a while back in a pack at toys r us, so I'll be painting her too. Next one in the middle of the sitting ones, is an old Chicago bulls Barbie. She's the only articulated barbie I ever had, and I've been testing techniques on her. Not sure about what to do with her yet.
Last one is also a thrift store find. I believe it's an older LIV doll. The copyright info said 2009 She was only $3, and was in GREAT shape. Her acrylic/glass eyes really stood out to me, and her articulation is fantastic. So I'll probably cut her head open, take out her eyes, do a custom faceup and mohair wig, then put her eyes back in. (i want them to look a different direction too)
This was a requested tutorial. I had already straightened all my dolls hair so I just used one for an example any how.
This is how I boil straighten my Monster High dolls hair. Please be careful when boiling your doll hair, the water will be extremely HOT and will burn if you spill on your skin. [ I would know It happened to me xD]
This was the first tutorial I have ever done in a picture tutorial so I hope it`s alright. [ sorry it`s messy ]
I really hope this information/guide helps someone else, when I wanted to do my first Monster High doll repaint I did much scouring before feeling confident in getting started. These are some basics I think anyone interested can get use out of!
This Monster High doll is having her hair re-rooted. Tie off the hair, youíll want to cut the hair to closest the scalp possible. The closer you cut and the more careful you are, the less time you spend on later steps .
1. The first pass get close as possible, but donít take too long youíll come back a couple passes. Refer to the right photo which is after three passes. I lacked a fine headed scissor so it was still too long for my liking but we can make do.
Wa-la! No more ick, during this process youíll notice your fingers sticky and thatís the glue they've used to keep her hair in place.
2. Monster High dolls come with an interesting neck joint, one easily breakable. Some people remove the head using a hair dryer held towards the neck to soften the headís plastic. This head must be wiggled off and you must be gentle with that neck joint. At the same time you must use a sturdy force. Run hot water (so hot youíd rather not touch it), plug the drain and submerge her head and neck about 8 seconds. Do a jiggling of the head and youíll see the bottom plastic disc pop out easy. Itís the neck jointís jutting nobs that can cause issue.
Submberge the head 5 seconds and give it a good tug to the one side at an angle away or towards you. Study the image of the neck joint Iíve included, squeeze her head and consider where those pieces just out the sides.
If you notice a whitening of the colored plastic near the base of her neck attached closest to her torso or the area under those two jutted pieces... try another submersion because youíre putting too much pressure and the head isnít softened enough. Thereís also glue securing the hair inside her head and this glue can be holding onto the tip of the neck joint.
3. The hair is kept secure with a glue bind inside, once youíve loosened your plugs youíll want to remove these bits of ick.
4. This technique is covered in many tutorials about removing hair for re-rooting. Using a pin or pin tool to push the plugs from the outside in then coming back with a long tweezers into the head removing plugs. I have another way I like to remove the original hair plugs combined with this technique, remember itís always good to try out different techniques if you can afford it at the time!
5. The technique with the pin tool is great, but I wondered with how the glue was keeping the plugs together if I could remove it in strips. I eyed my scoop shaped metal tool normally I use it for sculpting miniatures. The tip of this tool is sharp and you must be confident in your ability to feel inside for the glue versus digging into the soft head. Hook into the glue and create a divot then dig a bit harder but keep a gentle force, hook and pull. I am able to remove approximately ten plugs in one tug, you do still have some bits youíll have to fish out after though, you must have patience with this process.
Thatís a lot of ick!
6. Before we wash and call it done, lets hold her up to the light and weíll visually see where holes are still being plugged by glue or hair bits.
I spy with my eyes masses of hair bits and glue! Must tweezers those bits out.
7. Give her a good wash. Use warmed water and a mild soap with q-tips for the inside of her head. Allow her plenty of time to dry, nowís a good time to consider your mock-up sketches.
------- Good luck to all other Monster High doll enthusiasts out there and I hope you don't break a neck!