Star Wars the Force Awakens – Rey custom repaint doll

– the long slumbering star wars fan in me. So, after crying over the wonderful The Force Awakens trailer, I took a brunette Barbie doll and tried to paint her as Rey.

Hey, hey. #starwarsrey #tfa #theforceawakens #cusrompainteddolls #fashiondolls #bb8 #starwarsbb8 #bb8droid #fashiondollrepaints #barbierepaint #customsyatwarsfigure #customreyfigure #starwarsepisodevii #imnoone #imadethis #dollrepaints #ooakdolls #dollsta

Not perfect, considering trying to transfer a generic barbie face, but if and when the actual Daisy Ridley face sculpts (oh how I wish for a doll and not some ugly action figures) appear, they would be so nice to repaint and most likely to gain nice resemblance. In the meantime, this Rey doll brightens up my day, waiting for the movie 🙂
And no, I don’t have tickets… I don’t have anyone to go with so I didn’t want to try to get opening night tickets for the fear my social anxiety might prevent me from going alone :/
And then there would be an empty seat at the opening. Not fair for the one who didn’t get a ticket.
It really has been that bad lately, I’ll just try covering my ears from gossip after opening and sneak in to see a day show some time soon…

bb8 droid papercraft found on papermau blog

//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsOkay had to snatch another pic.Hoping to continue her next week. #custombarbie #rey #daisyridley with #papercraft #droid #repaint #repainteddolls #bb8droid #bb8 #starwarstheforceawakens #starwarsepisodevii #starwarsrey #customdoll #customfigure #dollrepai
Made her clothes out of what ever I had at home at the time…  so not accurate (yet) but I think something she could wear.//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js

Fall Fashion Dolls

I had high hopes of making a lot more Autumn fashions for dolls, but basically just made a few simple coats and knitted some scarves. Putting some on CustomFashionDoll.etsy.com on Monday, today I really really want to have time to draw.

Not enough hours in a day… and I’m 80-90% un-employed, with no social life and only one kid!* How do people manage?

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Chunky scarves time… Chunky blob of clothes time is coming…
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Whimsical polka dot rain coat, clothes modeled by 12″ Fashion Royalty doll Veronique Perring! Alas I don’t have enough to make a life size version, I’d love a pretty raincoat like this for myself!
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Ariel, the little mermaid doll – she’s repainted by me, but as you can see her face paint is not finished yet. What I said about hours in a day…
Here’s sporting an One piece suit.

Now, time for afternoon walk, then hopefully finally chance to sit down and draw…


*and she’s a dog…

Bratz doll transformed into japaneses girl…

Organizing the dolls, found a few bratz dolls I had forgotten about! I had the chance to try out Tomb Raider 2013 game that was awesome (but cruel and scary) sadly I don’t have a powerful enough computer myself to play it (and I suck and get really scared playing alone) so I just… well repainted a doll in the liking of Lara Croft’s friend Sam Nishimura 🙂

Bratz doll make under / repaint by merineiti

Bratz doll make under / repaint before and after photo by merineiti

She’s featured in this quick repainting tips video:

And here’s a little render, with game background. I am only starting to learn digital painting/edits so yes, mistakes in the making but I still like the result.

Custom Bratz doll repaint - Sam Nishimura

Custom Bratz doll repaint – Sam Nishimura sun queen.

Now, wonder if she needs a bratz Lara to accompany? I have three different Lara dolls already, but well not yet a bratz or 2013 versions…

…inside Atelier Merineiti

Meri’s worskhop is still a mess after the move, the new clothing line should have been ready yesterday, the Cleaning Day yard sale has to be organized and a certain gentleman has come in for the fitting of his made to measurements coat.

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M: Let’s put this on to see how it looks. Don’t worry, there’s no pins in this draft coat.
H: Right

Merineiti doll clothes atelier nefera de nile monster high ken barbie doll custom repaint handmade doll clothes

M: In doll clothing, there usually isn’t a back collar due to simplified construction methods, but how about we add one anyway?
H: Hmm that would be a nice detail to have.

 Merineiti doll clothes atelier nefera de nile monster high ken barbie doll custom repaint handmade doll clothes

M: I think I need to move the shoulder seam a little, what about the shoulder pads? Are they the right size?
H: Yeah but is my coat going to be this pink?
M: Oh no not at all, this is just the muslin – coat will be black as promised, unless you want to change it, now is your final chance to do so…
H: Okay well maybe I’ll stick to conventional colors this time… might need to think about the pink a little longer…

Merineiti doll clothes atelier nefera de nile monster high ken barbie doll custom repaint handmade doll clothes

M: Please straighten your arm, I need to make sure the sleeves are the right lenght.
H: Unfortunately, I can’t. I don’t have enough articulation points.
M: Oh I see… I will try to adjust the sleeves to that.

Merineiti doll clothes atelier nefera de nile monster high ken barbie doll custom repaint handmade doll clothes

M: Let’s make sure the lenght is right, you want it to be knee lenght?
H: Yes.

Merineiti doll clothes atelier nefera de nile monster high ken barbie doll custom repaint handmade doll clothes

A model for the “Urban Doll” youthful clothing line enters the room
U: Hey, sorry but the door was open and I…
M: Well hello, please take a seat I’m almost ready here.

Merineiti doll clothes atelier nefera de nile monster high ken barbie doll custom repaint handmade doll clothes

The girl sits down and instantly starts fiddling with her phone.
M: I think we’re done, thank you for the fitting, and next time you’ll have the finished coat. Unless you want any changes?
H: This seems about right.

The girl giggles to herself…

Merineiti doll clothes atelier nefera de nile monster high ken barbie doll custom repaint handmade doll clothes

 

…as when she thought no one saw, she snapped a photo of the view…

Re-rooting doll hair, here I come!

You encounter dolls with messy or cut hair. For a long time I thought there is nothing you could do about it, maybe cut the hair and make a wig? Until I encountered the term “reroot”. So, if the scalp is undamaged, you can actually root new hair on dolls!
I’m too new to this to even try giving out tutorials, but just go to youtube and type doll hair reroot tutorial and you’ll have plenty to choose.

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My first reroot poke! Aww, baby pictures 😛

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rerooting and rooting doll hair monster high dolls

Meet Heath, The Monster High boy doll who has awesome face sculpture, but awful plastic hair and freaky paintjob. Also, look how the hair was already coming off, having huge gaps around it even fresh out of package! This was a double pack with Abbey, and Abbey’s hair was also covered in glue, she smelled really really bad, like that toxic lacque you put on your patio furniture!  straight out of package. Heath also has awful “bruises” on his hand from a prop that don’t come off because they’ve already been absorbed to the plastic 😦 I did actually send an email about these faults to the retailer/importer, but no reply has come and it’s been months. I am not assuming money back since I already decided to customize them, but I wouldn’t like giving icky, faulty toys to a child.

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rerooting and rooting doll hair monster high dolls

I did not even have to use warm water, his haircap just came off with simple pulling :/

rerooting and rooting doll hair  monster high dolls

rerooting and rooting doll hair monster high dolls

This is my first re-root tool! Used wire cutters to cut the tip of the needle loop off, poked it inside a spiderman pencil. Woohoo, macgyver fixes. I will most likely invest in a better one, but I didn’t feel like spending the money before I tried out if it’s worth the effortor should I just use some other method.

rerooting and rooting doll hair  monster high dolls

rerooting and rooting doll hair monster high dolls

Also, I did not invest in doll hair…  I thought some old extensions would work as a rehearse. I’m also a bit in a recession money wise at the moment… and since my hair is different color now anyway, why not use it. This dolls vinyl was so soft, that did not need to poke holes beforehand, just poking with the tool.

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Such mane. Reroot tool is beyond repair, but it did last just and just this one reroot 😛

rerooting and rooting doll hair  monster high dolls

rerooting and rooting doll hair monster high dolls

And here’s the unfortunate Abbey that came with Heath, had chipped paint, awful glue seepage and a bad smell right out of box. (I should make a post all about her… she’s been through a lot) Now with a huge mane I’ve yet to style… using natural blonde kanekalon from a “neck tail” extension I used to wear to add to 18th century hairdos when my hair was too short, and some white streaks.

rerooting and rooting doll hair  monster high dolls

rerooting and rooting doll hair monster high dolls

The infamous CAM create-a-monster Cat. It’s pink, it’s bald, it’s factory face paint is weird. Also, the ears are not part of her head sculpt, but are meant to be clip on to her wig, but the wig doesn’t have suitable spots made for the ears and the result is sloppy! What!

rerooting and rooting doll hair  monster high dolls

rerooting and rooting doll hair monster high dolls

First of all, she needed her ears set in and hair. I clipped the excess on the original attachment, poked holes in her head and put ears in them. Did use glue, realized it does not hold if you squeeze the head. I don’t know why anyone would go on squeezing their dolls heads, but I still wanted to make sure the ears don’t come off if someone should actually do that, so to keep them in place, I actually glued the root of the ears also to the hair.
And the hair? Surely now I’d gone and get some doll hair? Umm… this was another old ponytail extension… synthetic, but slightly thinner than kanekalon.   – omg I change my hair color like socks…

rerooting and rooting doll hair  monster high dolls

rerooting and rooting doll hair monster high dolls

And the awful CAM cat? It is now a love child of the Pink Panther and Marsupilami!
I know I should make feature posts of each dolls… and actually finish Abbey and Heath… not enough hours in a day.

Lalla Dee – Daughter of the Android

Lalla Dee. Daughter of the Android. monster high by merineiti

Lalla Dee. Daughter of the Android.
monster high by merineiti

From her diary:

“Lalla’s Log,

Date 1.
Today was my first day at monster high. Learnt that having to deal with logical paradoxes results in malfunction. The other students found this hilarious. Restart log states 52 times hilarious.

Date 2.
Dad did not find my malfunction hilarious. He yelled at the headless headmistress for letting students bully new students. And when I say he “yelled” I mean he politely stated matter-of-factly. How embarrassing nevertheless.

Date 3.
Had to do all the house chores – again – as grandma was feeling tired. Someone should just tell her she is an android and therefore cannot get tired. My life would be so much easier if she didn’t think she’s human!

Date 4.
Got the following message:
‘It’s your favorite uncle! Found some Borgs, wanna have fun?’
Did not reply. Last time we had “fun” I was grounded for a month. And I am still banned from that part of the galaxy.

Lalla Dee. Daughter of the Android. monster high by merineiti

Lalla Dee. Daughter of the Android.
monster high by merineiti

Print tees for fashion dolls!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/189058092/fun-and-unique-print-tees-t-shirts-for?ref=listing-shop-header-1

Draculaura dancing gangnam style monster and ever after high repaints with their new custom clothing https://www.etsy.com/listing/189058092/fun-and-unique-print-tees-t-shirts-for?ref=listing-shop-header-1

At the moment there is printed tees for barbie size fashion dolls x and , ‘Monster High x

‘Ken is most likely next to get custom t-shirts, I have so many ideas for silly humor shirts for Ken…