Saturday, April 20, 2013

Swing and a miss

I live at approximately the halfway point between two large cities, and as such it's always a toss-up when I want to go shopping whether I'll go to the town with the Disney Store or the town with the anime store. Today, I opted Disney Store. The only thing I was tempted by at the DS was $10 Princess/Prince dolls. I hit the Tuesday Morning store on my way out of town just for fun, and discovered that they had ONE Disney Peter Pan series Pullip.

Just one.

And it was Tiger Lily.

Nothing against anyone who likes the character modeling Tiger Lily in the Pullip series, but that face looks wall-eyed and creepy to me, so I passed.

I've decided I want to make a couple of custom Monster High dolls, which is going to involve finding a Cleo de Nile for less than $20 and figuring out how to paint the MH bodies without the paint being scraped off by the joints of the doll. I've struck out on both of those goals so far, also.

I have a broken Draculaura who has become my unwitting guinea pig, but so far the experiments have been failures.

Paint Method 1: Thin strokes of acrylic paint- Failure, paint scrapes off with mild scratches from fingernails.

Paint Method 2: Krylon for plastics spray paint - Failure, paint scrapes off when joints are moved, or with scrapes from nails.

Paint Method 3: Wipe down with 100% Acetone, wash, apply thin layers of Krylon for plastics spray paint - Failure, see Paint Method 2. Additionally, some spots on the plastic body don't seem to ever dry.

So, that brings me to two new options I've read about: Spray paint/primer for plastic models or Spray on dye for car interiors. I've seen people swear by each one, but I've seen people swear by every method that I've tried. Frankly, I'm getting annoyed at the idea that it's starting to take so much monetary investment to find a way to make a MH guy paper white. I'm starting to think I'd be better off to wait until Invisi-Billy is released. Then I'd just have to worry about arms/hands and legs/feet instead of the whole stinking doll needing paint.

The icing on the irritating cake of the day was discovering that apparently you can't buy flatback red diamond-cut rhinestones for less than $5 at Hobby Lobby. I just need one! The ones I find on ebay in the shape I want are for fingernail decoration. When did doing your nails become so... blingy?


  1. I really like doing experiments but I agree that all the attempts rack up in costs. Other than trying to stain a body with ink (with little success) I haven't tried other methods. Good luck!

    1. Hi Muff! Yes, it's really annoying to discover you spent almost $10 on something that didn't work.. for the third or forth time, ha ha!

      I've noticed that the customizers who do seem to have success in doing repaints are VERY stingy with full disclosure on how they did it. I had a girl in the Monster High community practically accuse me of wanting to steal her methods to make customs to sell!

      I'm going to continue trying things as finances allow, and if/when I find something that works well I'm going to shout it from the rooftops.. or at least from the blog! ;D

  2. I know... nail painting has become a very expensive prospect XD

    I'll be interested to see how the model car paints work for you, I've always had issues with joint scraping.

    A good person to ask might be Retrograde (google searching Retrograde Inc should bring her up)... she's always very nice about sharing info.

    New follower :)

    1. Ah! I'll definitely check Retrograde out!

      I have high hopes for the model car paints, I'm going to give them a try this week, as soon as I clean my previous attempts off the test doll and wash her again.