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Tutorial: ball chains necklaces for dolls

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Now, most of you probably know about repurposing those little keychain/bag ball chains to make a necklace for your dolls but it can get really fiddly trying to get it on and you’re limited to silver metals that might stain.

Here’s a quick primer on how I’ve been making these:

Buy aluminium ball chains in multicolours and aluminium ball chain clasps in the same ball size (got 500 clasps and a bundle of 6 chains for $1 each free p+p from ebay china).
You then cut the chains to the right length for your doll with a wire cutter and before you add the clasp: widen both ends by pushing a round nose plier upwards so that the clasp is now easy to pop on your doll even when there’s limited space for your fingers (like in the three wrap seen above on Bélla).

As usual, if you’d like some clasps from me (I have hundreds left!) just ask me to add them to an existing order or just pay postage. If you’d like a ballchain necklace, same: 3 for $1.

PS: Bélla is named after Gina Torrès’ character in Hannibal and she’s a modified Magic Nights Out Sashabella.

Fixing up Bratzillaz Illiana and Carolina

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The hair required quite a bit of work, I seperated out the pieces and worked on them one by one.

Illiana’s tinsel was removed with a seam ripper then pushed into the holes with a pin.
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Her silk shorts were fraying and torn so I unpicked it and turned it into a bubble skirt.
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I cut the lace off Carolina’s dress. I then turned the dress inside out to remove the messy bustle (it’s the top seam above the hips, use the seam ripper very carefully).
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The bustle was then sewn together where it was split for the dress and given quick stiches to turn it into a bolero/cape.
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The lace and tulle cape was taken apart, again with the seam ripper, and turned into a hair tie or a scarf.
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I decided to change the hard side glancing eyes, it’s limiting for photos even though they are beautiful:
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Use wire cutters or a knife to chop/shave off the large white sides of the eye (they take up almost 40% of the eye chip) and shave/sand off the little pegs for the eyesockets. I pushed tiny bits of tissue paper into the eye sockets when the eyes moved around too much to one side (from the empty space).
I find that they don’t quite reflect the light properly because the eyechips are angled, the plastic is thicker in certain areas. If I can ever be bothered, I’ll pop them out and sand the back some more.

Notes:
1/ I scratched the eyeball by accident but removed the scratch by using the roughest grit on a nail buffer block then wet+the finest grit on the block.
2/ When removing the eyes, it pulls on the plastic and makes little lines in the eyeliner: keep some acrylic black paint on hand and a very thin needle or tweezer tip to apply the black again.

Faux fur gloves to doll wig tutorial

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1- Purchase dollar store faux fur fingerless gloves or cuffs (or search ebay for “fur” with free shipping, worldwide, under $1.50)
2 – Unpick the fur part from the wooly part using a seam ripper
Note: If you’d like to save the gloves, stitch through all the open loops using a matching yarn.
3 – Get out your doll and wrap the fur inside out around the head and pin into place.
4 – Roll back some fur all around the head and pin it.
5 – Put pins in place as close as possible to the head
6 – Remove the fur from the head and turn it out and make sure to brush or pull out any fur trapped in the seams made by the pins.
7 – Quickly backstitch the rolled back fur hem and the basic shape of the wig.
8 – Go over and over the seam with pillowstitch to secure it.
9 – Turn it inside out and you have a wig!

One pair of gloves can make two or three wigs. The third wig will be made of two leftover bits sewn together and will be more messy – like the one I just made for this tutorial.
The cheapy faux fur gloves come in white, grey, black and coffee but you can also get equally cheap arm cuffs in fancy colours like red and pink (The arm cuffs can make up to 8 wigs).

Obviously it’s easier if you purchase faux fur fabric and use a 5/6 inch head pattern but this is for people who don’t have access to a fabric shop or don’t want to purchase a yard of the stuff. A generic pattern may not be a snug fit for your doll unless it’s a monster high specific pattern because of their unique head shapes.

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Bi-colour wigs can also be rotated to give different effects.
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Barbie to Monster High/Bratzillaz trouser (pants) tutorial


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Monster Highs don’t have much in the way of casual trousers so here’s how to turn a pair of cheapy barbie sized trousers into nice monster high fitting ones without having to sew from scratch or move the velcro!

* Turn inside out (use a pencil or screwdriver), pin velcro closed.
* Move the waist to where it feels right on your doll then pinch and mark with a pen where the new crotch should be.
* Sew this very tightly through all layers.
* Unpick the old crotch and mark new lines then sew them up
* Pin the trousers so that the crotch and closure are aligned in the middle
* Pinch and mark new lines for the sides.
* Sew then trim (but careful to not trim too close if the fabric frays a lot)
* Now unpick the ankle hems then pin to the right length
* Cut the excess then sew it. Remember to do a hem or your doll’s feet will catch in the fabric.

Now you have a pair of monster high trousers!

I should have used a different fabric as denim is rough on the fingers to sew and this stuff frays like crazy so I had to go over all the seams with pillow stitch.

Anyway, enjoy the tutorial! Happy repurposing!


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Clone fakie bratzillaz review

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Fake bratzillaz from aliexpress. $6 each with free shipping.

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Jade with new brown eyes.
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Meygana spelled “Meygarya” on the package with blue and pink hair.

I removed Meygana’s hair as it started frizzing and was more sparsely rooted but I love the colour choice.

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They come with a hot pink plastic broom brush, a blue plastic witch hat and gold shoes.

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Jade’s dress was too short but it makes a nice skirt with the top removed, Meygana’s pleather top was too big but was easily refitted by gluing the velcro folded over itself at the back. The pleather trousers fit perfectly.

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They have hard hollow plastic monster high recast bodies with visible seams, molding errors and plastic discolouration. They are caucasian flesh tone coloured.

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The feet are Skipper/High School Musical sized.

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The hip joint is a peg not elastic, the joints are fragile but offer the same poseability as a monster high.

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The neck knob is solid so head movement is restricted to side to side.

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The neck doesn’t seem really suited to the fakezilla head, that long neck seems better with a monster head.
Head pops off easily, just gently pull.

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They are rooted with cheap nylon (frizzes when brushed same as the official bratzillaz made with nylon) in a thin pattern.

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The head is soft vinyl unlike bratzillaz which are fairly hard. They will be easy to reroot.

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The eye sockets use the same pocket system as Bratzillaz and the eyes are interchangable.

The eyes are easy to move around inside the eye sockets so they can glance sideways or straight ahead.

I swapped out Jade’s eyes for brown 10mm glass eyes before doing this tutorial.

 

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The face is flatter than a bratzillaz but shares that odd sort of bean shape similar to blythe heads seen sideways.

 

I bought these girls because I needed a cheap monster high body for dress making and the cute bratzillaz heads were a bonus. I think Jade will get a white yarn reroot or a white mohair wig as it suits her, likewise I’d like to reroot or wig Meygana in blue and paint over the yellow eyeshadow in a more blue tone.

Bratzillaz cheap doll eyes hack

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1 – Purchase “Eyeball” Bracelet from the bay for $1 + 3 weeks waiting time
2 – Yank out the eyes with pliers (doesn’t matter if sides of the eyeball are damaged)
3 – Cut the sides of the eyes down to match the Bratzillaz eyes
4 – Heat up the eyesockets with a hairdryer and insert new eyes using a screwdriver with the tip wrapped in a sock (to protect the face)

The bracelet can be found searching worldwide for “eyeball/evil/5/blue eye bracelet, there are also brown eyes available by searching for “eyeball coffee earring”. A set of 4 pairs of eyes in different colours is available too by searching for 5mm eyes.

Bratzillaz Eyes

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Quick tutorial on how to find eyes for your bratzillaz and swap them. I know this has been done before but I couldn’t find the exact measurements for purchasing new eyes so here ya go!

The bratzillaz eye is 12mm long, 10mm wide with an 8mm iris (On ebay, this is how small doll eyes are often measured: in iris size).
The height/dome of the eye is about 6mm (half flat type eye) so you wouldn’t be able to fit a spherical bead or spherical glass eye without cutting out the vinyl socket first.

Here I replaced Sashabella’s eye with a circular glass cabochon of 12mm but flat (4mm).
* 12mm animal eyes ( used on a pullip) had too much dome height and did not fit.
* 10mm flatback half pearls fit but left a slight gap at the side.

How to::
Heat up the neck hole and remove the doll’s head, then heat the eye with a hairdryer and
use a screwdriver orchopstick to push the eye out from the socket from inside the doll’s head.
Heat the eye socket again before inserting the new eye to avoid tearing.