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Photo review: clone disney fairies articulated body

Unknown torso made of solid plastic, vinyl limbs cast from disney fairies made from leftover pellets which means swirling and colours within the plastic, white hard plastic joints.

Some flash to slice out at the joints and leftover spruce nubs on the top side of the limbs, occasional line to sand or back-knife off.

Fantastic articulation which can easily be added to, with some slices to the upper arm joint at the elbow and to the back of the thigh at the knee.     26cm pale skin ideal for EAH, pale skipper sized dolls, generic asian dollar store dolls, anthro or Licca body replacement providing that you’re OK with discolourations.

Fit MH/EAH/Bratz clothes and barbie sized shoes.

Rerooting tips (a walkthrough of my latest reroot)

This was my latest comission, I was sent the anime picture and was told it was going to be a Star Darlings Sage so I measured everything on my own Sage (from @dollsahoy thankyou! – they didn’t get a release in france outside of disney stores as far as i can tell) then was asked if I’d reroot a MTM Curvy yoga (the strawberry blonde Neysa) which I turned down //which is huge for me// because they have the worst screening then was sent a photo of a WITCH doll which seemed 1/6th to me, I figured they were MyScene size on 11? bods… so yeah sure!

Anyway she arrives and I have a small freak out because the head is bigger than expected and I’m not sure if I have enough black, it’s been precut for a doll with a different head size and i’m not sure how to space the plugs. She’s a 6? head size around the edge but quite a deep dome so at least an hours extra work than a LIV (slightly smaller head size and flatter dome).

The original has horrid nylon that needs nail scissors to cut without choking so no going on the original plug layout. Thankfully we’re not working over the original parting because that’s swiss cheese. I’ve been having an ongoing anxiety attack for days so this is just an unexpected set of calculations that makes my head spin and BSOD for a while. She’s cute, that helps me visualize an end result and feel better about this. The Liv she’s been sent with is slightly too dark (a beach doll?) so i’ll discreetly swap it out for one I have in my To Sell pile from back when I was angling to save up for a Pullip Batgirl (tan version) – her price skyrocketed after release so I’ve put that grail firmly in the “buy only if spotted under x price” pile, as you do. OK OK, back to the process…

I take photos of problem areas and put the head in the microwave submerged in a mug of water for 4 minutes. don’t touch until she’s fully chill. Do NOT do this with Integrity Toys, vintage dolls or latest fashionistas: the ITs have pearl/shimmer finishes that go dull under heat, vintage dolls and 2019 fashionistas have decals or ink that can be altered or melted by heat, you’ll want to put your doll head on a stick and dip only the dome into a pan of boiling water until the vinyl reshapes. This is a sturdy playline doll with solid facepaint and I still won’t touch it until everything is completely cooled down.

Then apply black acrylic paint and pull my brush in one direction only to keep part of the plugs flesh toned (ie visible), then apply undiluted acrylic matte sealant (anything else gets tacky). Leave to dry for two hours.

Scratch in the markings for the partings with a needle (middle and fringe/back of hair). As you can see, these got adjusted as the head came together.

She needs to look asian not caucasian with dyed black hair so not too thick on top and a rounded heavy parting. I decide on a large curved shaped fringe area – it’s 1.50cm long and extends to the edges of her eyebrows. I do not like triangle shaped bangs (as seen on Draculaura), they are too easy to mess up, same with flat (two row) thatched bangs on Bratz. To be fair, I avoid bangs whenever possible, I don’t like static un-restylable dolls, I hope they get played with. A curved fringe can at least get put back into place quite easily instead of having to lay out the individual hair plugs just right in a messed up triangle fringe, tie it all down then boil it back into place then gel. nuh uh.

Unsure of how much hair to use on this head size, I rooted in rows of plugs 5mm apart, 8mm between lines then went back at the end of the reroot to fill in empty areas as it wasn’t thick enough. ended up with a criss cross design of about 5-7mm between plugs with very tight edges along the front lines and partings.

I’ve taken overexposed photos to show the plugs, it looks neat enough to not be thatched with the black paint. I don’t thatch unless paid extra to.I’m a perfectionist but not “two+ extra unpaid hours” perfectionist LOL.

Now to heat seal the shape of the hair without damaging the water soluble acrylic paint/sealant: you tie up the hair just right, pop the head in a baggie, put a chopstick in the head to push down because or else it’ll float and put it in boiling water, the elastics will snap but the bag sort of sticks to the shape of the head so it keeps the shape.

Finally, the WITCH head hole is slightly large on a Liv bod so I made a washer from the vinyl scalp of a clone, squeezed it over the anchor then pushed it all into the head. Full movement without wobbles. Thankyou for your sacrifice ugly barbie clone, your neck went to humblezombie and your scalp’s bald patch to this commission.

 

 

This my new reroot tool handle, nicked from a broken kitchen tool ^___^ so it’s a pin vise wrapped in washable stretch fabric stuffed into a proper rubber handle now. Finally getting comfy =p (not that my shoulders aren’t screaming at me for this).

Neck grafts to make a doll head fit a different body

This is 80’s – early 90’s Steffi by Simba


Like many Simba fashion dolls she comes on a body with a large spherical neck knob like this:


Which means that when you rebody her on standard fashion doll bodies modelled on Barbie, her head is too low down on the neck:

Enter Fakie who’s neck fits but who has terrible face paint, we’re going to cut out her neck with a craft knife and whittle that down until it fits in Steffi’s neck hole.

Here’s neckless Fakie and her whittled down neckhole fitting neatly on Barbie’s neckpeg:


Now using tweezers or a toothpick to push down the sides we insert the fakie neckhole into the Steffi neckhole – Ta da! As you can see, it holds well but you can glue it if you want it to be a permanent fix.

And here’s another fakie with a smaller neck grafted into Midnight Magic so she can fit on a monster high body     

Making “Midnight Magic” bodies compatible with Monster High

I bought these Midnight Magic dolls from Aliexpress in september and almost gave up on them but kept trying because well, glitter transparent bodies are awesome.

I had been carving the big spherical neck knobs by hand with a craft knife until they snapped, then I tried putting in classic anchor style doll neck knobs which caused the neck to crack open.

Attempt n°3 saw me get out the knock off dremel and it’s cumbersome transformer to sand down the remnants of the neck knob until they were just 2-3mm wider than the neck, then squished the donut part of the anchor knob with pliers to be much thinner. E6000 is the glue used, you can tell because it gets very messy if you move stuff around before it dries. LOL.

The Cola one is much neater than the Sprite one as it was easier to see the edges and I’d got some practice on the first one.


The Cola one went  to Clawdia as it’s a good colour match and she’s already got bigger clothes (the MM dolls are “big sister” sized)

Sprite body went to a bald Ari head:

Fakie bodies review

Preface:

As a disabled person living in *very* rural france, I do quite a bit of my doll shopping on Aliexpress (they sell mostly factory reject heads), I actually have had better odds at getting a doll head I can actually repair than on amazon where glue head and wonk face reign supreme. Amazon is a godsend for other supplies but they don’t do any quality control on toys.

I get bodies for my caucasian and asian dolls on ebay france but brown and black skinned dolls are hard to find for under 10€ ($15) each – even for dolls you’d assume were quite common toy purchases such as Disney Princess Tiana or fashionistas Nikki. I used to go to ebay uk for doll shopping but the global shipping program made that way too expensive.

So when these fakies showed up, I jumped on the occasion!

Review:

You can find them under “black barbie doll body” on ebay or aliexpress for 2.50 to 4$ each. The lighter toned one often comes with a cloned “Summer” head mold and the dark toned one comes with the “crescent” faced heads with yellow eyes.

Articulation is the same as on the 11/12 joint pale fakie bodies (around $2 each) with the same staining, plastic marbling and flash (excess plastic) issues. Remember to carefully test the rotation of each joint upon arrival and gently slice off excess plastic with a knife if they’re stuck or they *will* snap off.

The brown aa fakie body is an olivine match for barbie light brown but too pale for afra.

The black aa fakie body is a greyish match for barbie light black but too dark for afra and too pale for dark brown.

Light brown, Afra and Dark brown are the main brown skintones used since 2017. Light brown is Artsy/Nikki fashionistas’ colour. Light black is the skintone used for Cali girls Nikki, Generation girls Nichelle and various black barbies from the 70s to the mid 2000s

reference: http://modelmuse.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Dolls_by_skin_tone

 

Colour Match for the pale fakie bodies:
Does not match the yellow tone of Barbie’s like Goddess of Greece or pale pink dolls like Draculaura but does match ‘white skin’ Licca:

Quality:

Modding the pale neck with a sharp knife to fit Barbie and Licca:

review: $1.50 Elegant doll overcoat with hat for 1/6 dolls


I havn’t spent any money from mid september onwards because I’ve got to sell custom work that’s accumulating instead, I’ve been too tired to list anything let alone deal with the gamble that is ebay so I’m at about $3 in hobby money but $150 worth of stuff if I could be bothered to list it LMAO. Aaanyways, I couldn’t resist this pretty trench coat (comes in pale blue and in red – I’d colourfast the red before putting it on a doll if you choose that one) as I DO love non-fantasy, classic clothing basics for dolls. Give me a solid t-shirt instead of a mini dress any day, Mattel!

It’s displayed on model muse who have smaller waists so I had my concerns but it fits belly button body fine. It won’t fit over clothes other than leggings and the sleeves are a teensy bit short for my liking but the finitions are nice, the hat does fray easily though as there are unhemmed sections.

Review:

I havn’t spent any money from mid september onwards because I’ve got to sell custom work that’s accumulating instead, I’ve been too tired to list anything let alone deal with the gamble that is ebay so I’m at about $3 in hobby money but $150 worth of stuff if I could be bothered to list it LMAO. Aaanyways, I couldn’t resist this pretty trench coat (comes in pale blue and in red – I’d colourfast the red before putting it on a doll if you choose that one) as I DO love non-fantasy, classic clothing basics for dolls. Give me a solid t-shirt instead of a mini dress any day, Mattel!

It’s displayed on model muse who have smaller waists so I had my concerns but it fits belly button body fine. It won’t fit over clothes other than leggings and the sleeves are a teensy bit short for my liking but the finitions are nice, the hat does fray easily though as there are unhemmed sections.

(That’s my Aliexpress DCSG Diana head on a Barbie bellybutton body. Her friend DCSG Ivy barbie-hybrid might get the trench instead, I havn’t decided, I’ll probs do a review on what you can expect from factory reject heads later this year as it’s an interesting subject)

peg leg!

Here’s a fakie body who’s leg peg snapped (I forgot to check and cut open the plastic hinges before trying to pose her)

I used a mini rotary tool with a tiny drill bit (but you could also use a pin vise) and stuck in a pin – a tooth yanked out of a comb with pliers.

The super glue worked for one side but not the other -it just frosted the plastic- so it comes off easily but the leg  does bend!

How to make Littlest Pet Shop & Lil Bratz hybrids

First heat the Lil Bratz head to remove it from it’s body
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Then cut off the long neck peg spike above the knob
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Now remove your Petshop head from it’s tiny body, heat the head and pull out the semicircle neck piece:
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Place the semicircle neckpiece over the Lil Bratz neckknob and push it back into the Petshop head.
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The head will be a little wobbly but firmly on! The Lil Bratz body is a great match for normal Littlest Petshop heads.

Clonezilla to Create a Monster torso

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  • Use wire cutters, a hacksaw and pliers to hack off the arms and legs from a clonezilla body
  • Saw down the hip attachment pegs to match the C.A.M. hole size.
  •  Use epoxy putty to fill in the shoulder holes and mould them to match the arm sockets by carefully putting the arm attachments in then pulling them out before it dries.
  •  Let the epoxy cure overnight. Insert the arms and click the legs on the little peg bits.
    Your doll will have almost as much movement as a CAM (can’t do the horizontal splits but can get half way).

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Ta da! Zhaan has a working body!

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Jadora the clonezilla got a Bratz body with a messing neckpeg.
Epoxy fixes don’t work with the hard vinyl of Bratz/Bratzilla heads because moving the head will crack the epoxy but clones and dolls with soft vinyl can use epoxy neck knobs proving you don’t need much head mobility. The best option is to use a head anchor from a donor doll and epoxy it into the neck hole as they are more flexible and allow up and down head movement. In Jadora’s case the body was too damaged to take a neck peg.

Anatomy of a fake blythe CCE doll

CCE stands for color changing eyes. This is a fake blythe doll bought from ebay (from a seller in Thailand).

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Eyechips are not the same size or depth as Blythe.
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CCE Body compared to Bratz Body. The neckpeg  can be used to make any doll body compatible with the CCE doll’s head.
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After sanding she looks quite nice.The CCE doll head matches fleshtone Obitsu body nicely