I've been fascinated by custom dolls far longer than I've been
in love involved with the Monster High franchise.
I began collecting BJDs (Ball Jointed Dolls) back in 2009 and love how some come as a blank canvas for you to create your own characters.
I have given multiple dolls face-ups, sewn clothes for them, bought shoes, eyes and wigs and despite my affection for these wonderful resin dolls, they're so expensive!
I currently only own 1 BJD after shrinking my collection. She's a Bobobie Isabella, 27cm/MSD sculpt and the first BJD I ever bought! Bobobie is a great company, with prices much much lower than others but the quality is still superb. I would attempt more complicated modifications but given their £100 minimum price tag, I don't have the confidence to attempt it! (Bobobie's dolls range from a tiny 10cm at $80, to a huge 70cm at $220)
[ETA: 30/01/2014: Since writing up this post I have added 2 more BJDs to my collection, a Doll Planet Riz and a Doll Chateau Ada!]
However, Monster High dolls caught my eye and their personality won me over. Their much cheaper price tag (of £13 - £25) was enticing from a customisation and collectors point-of-view so I took the plunge and bought my first MH doll (then I carried on collecting and can't stop!)
I've customised a few dolls and this is the process I follow to prep them.
You'll need a few supplies:
- cotton-buds (q-tips)
- and/or make-up remover cotton pads.
- Substance to remove factory paint (acetone, nail varnish remover, etc)
- Reroot tool (or needles/hot glue dependant on the method you're using)
- Hanks of hair
- Paint for the scalp to match the hair
- Paint brushes in various sizes
- Tweezers or thin and long needle nose pliers
- Superglue/nail glue (just in case)
- Nude doll (Here is a Ghouls Rule Draculaura!)