How To: Create solid water for miniature dioramas and models

You can paint your plaster blue and coat it with a gloss, but there are easier ways to make artificial water for miniature dioramas, architectural models and war game terrain. Easy Water is a product made up of small plastic pellets that need to be melted and poured onto the model. You cannot use this on styrofoam, obviously. This instructional video provides some alternative methods for creating water effects on miniature dioramas.

How To: Do your American Girl Doll's in a ballet bun

In this video, we learn how to do your American Girl Doll's in a ballet bun. First, you will need to brush out your doll's hair and put it into a low pony tail or high, depending on where you want the bun on the head. After this, take the hair and twist it around the rubber band base and then take a thicker rubber band to tie around the bun to keep it in place. You can then place another rubber band around for decoration. This will finish the simple bun, which will be easiest to do on a doll ...

How To: Remove American Girl doll eyes

TrollForHire demonstrates how to remove eyes from an American Girl doll. To remove eyes from an American Girl doll, first you must remove the head from the doll body. It would also help if you prepare the head by removing the hair. Once the doll head is bald, stick your thumb into the open neck part of the head and grip the doll by the nose. Place the other hand on the doll's forehead and bend the face part back. With enough strength and force, an eye will pop out of the American Girl doll. R...

How To: Clean your American Girl doll's skin with a magic eraser

In this video, we learn how to clean your American Girl doll's skin w/ a magic eraser. First, soak your Mister Clean Magic Eraser and then squeeze the water out. From here, undress your doll and put its hair up. Then, take the eraser and rub it onto the doll's skin to clean it. Rub it gently and scrub any parts that are especially dirty. If this isn't working, add on some baking soda and scrub it further until all residue is gone. Continue to do this throughout the entire doll and then when f...

How To: Make a paper mache Helm's Deep

In this tutorial, we learn how to make a paper mache Helm's Deep. You can make a pretty good one just using paper mache if you don't have the professional materials. Build it on a cardboard surface and then use cut outs from cereal boxes to make the structures and building features. The paper mache will go over the buildings, so you can make different types of structures. You can also use crumpled up news paper to make the terrain so it will maintain its shape. After you put the mache on, it ...

How To: Curl your American Girl doll's hair

In this video, we learn how to curl your American Girl doll's hair. What you will do is leave her hair in curlers for a couple of days and then take them out. To put her hair in curlers, you want to spray water on her hair so it's just damp. After this, you will section the hair off, them place the strands into small curlers. Do this all around the head until you have no strands left. When finished, leave her hair to dry for a couple of days. When you take the curlers out, your doll will have...

How To: Make fairy wings

Feel like getting crafty? In this 8-part video tutorial, learn how to create the perfect pair of mini fairy wings, approximately 6 inches wide. Also included within these videos is how to make realistic-looking bat and dragon wings. To complete this project, you will need cellophane, plastic coated wire, acrylic paints, polyester glitter, and a glue gun. Add these wings to a doll or a wall craft for the perfect mystical embellishment!

How To: Do a 360 flip on a tech deck fingerboard

This video shows us the method to do a 360 flip on a tech deck fingerboard. In a 360 flip the board rotates and exactly flips once before landing. Put your middle finger slightly of the side at the tip of the tail of the tech deck. Put your index finger between the tech deck logo and the front bolts in the normal position. Practice 360 flip on the side of your leg on to the top of it. You should apply pressure on your middle finger. As the board reaches 90 degrees point of spin, extend the in...

How To: Make mud and rubble in a WW2 diorama

In this tutorial, we learn how to make mud and rubble in a WW2 diorama. You can use corks as the rubble after you paint it and rip it into different pieces to make it look like destroyed buildings. You can purchase realistic water and gloss gel medium to look like water that is on the battlefield. If you mix them together with some chunky material, and then add in brown food coloring, it will look like mud. Using these tips and tricks, your diorama can look more realistic and look fantastic! ...

How To: Do a kickflip on a fingerboard or tech deck

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do a kick-flip on a fingerboard/Tech Deck. Begin by setting the fingers into a Ollie position with the middle finger on the tail and the index finger behind the bolts of the board. Pop the tail down and slide the middle finger on the edge of the board. Tilt the board forward and towards you. Users should catch the board with the two fingers in mid-air, and do not wait for it to land. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy playing with fing...

How To: Repair decorative figurines with molding clay and glue

This video explains how to repair decorate figurines using modeling clay as a clamp to help you glue it properly. It can be hard to glue broken figurines, because it's difficult to keep the pieces held together while the glue is drying. He suggests using modeling clay to hold the pieces together. First stick a hunk of modeling clay to your table or work bench. Stick one part of your broken figurine into the modeling clay to hold it at the proper angle. Take the other piece and line it up wher...

How To: Mottle with a sea sponge on a reborn baby doll

In this video, we learn how to mottle with a sea sponge on a reborn baby doll. Start out with gathering all the tools that you need, then mix up your paint to the correct red tint. After this, apply some of the paint to the sea sponge using a paint brush. After this, grab the limbs of the baby doll and start to push the paint onto them, avoiding the soles of the feet. Continue to do this throughout all of the different limbs, then the chest and stomach of the doll. When finished, you will hav...

How To: Attach a hook to a polymer clay charm

First of all you have to take your charm and attach it with the hook which has an eye. Now take an unbaked water melon made of clay. Hold it with your fingers tightly to make it a little warm. Now you have to insert the tip of the hook on to the middle of the green skin of the water melon. Now hold the hook with one hand and use the other to twist it into the water melon. Keep on twisting till it reaches the skin of the melon. Now you cannot bake it with the charm because the plastic part of ...

How To: Make shingles for a Tudor style roof on a dollhouse

There are many different styles of dollhouses out there, and they are all beautiful. In this tutorial, learn how to make shingles and put the finishing touches on a Tudor style house. There is a great sense of accomplishment when you make one of these classic toys from scratch. This video will take you step by step through the shingles, and you will have a fantastic toy or collectible in no time.

How To: Make salt dough for crafting

Salt dough can be used like clay for craft. This video demonstrates how to make salt dough. The ingredients required to make salt dough are a cup of salt, two cups of flour, a cup of water and food coloring. Make sure to cover your working surface with old newspaper and use a painting apron as this can get messy. Add the salt and flour in a bowl and mix with a spoon. Then measure one cup of water and add quite a good amount of food color to get the desired color and mix it into the salt-flour...

How To: Make a silicone ring mould

In order to make a Silicone Ring Mold you should first get a small plastic container. This will be your mold box. First, you should cut the bottom out of the container. Next, use double sided tape to stick the ring down to the base of this. Next, secure the mold walls to the base. Now, mix the silicone mix in a separate mixing cup. Make sure you mix this thoroughly until the color is uniform. Now pour the silicone into the mold in a fine stream on the side of the ring, this will help prevent ...

How To: Easily make a bridal veil for your doll

This video shows you how to make a bridal veil for your doll. Take some 58 inch wide ivory tulle netting. Assorted floral decorations, scissors, thread and pins. You also need some floral tape, artificial leaves, wire and wire cutters, fancy ribbon, and some white feathers. First, make a floral arrangement with the flowers and leaves tied together with floral tape into a bunch. Wire some leaves and feathers to the outside of it. Cut 18 inches of tulle and leave it folded in half. Gather it at...

How To: Apply a neck ring and plug on a reborn baby doll

In this tutorial, we learn how to apply a neck ring and plug on a reborn baby doll. First, attack the neck ring to the doll head by pulling the vinyl onto the lip using your fingers. You will need to use your hands to push the inside of the neck through the ring. This will take a lot of pushing and pulling. After this, you will need to attach your plug. First, place it into the neck of the head to make sure it fits. After this, stuff it with cotton and then push it back in. Now you will be ab...

How To: Fix your American Girl doll's frizzy hair or split ends

In this video, we learn how to fix your American Girl doll's frizzy hair or split ends. If the ends are frizzy or split, there is a way to fix it. First, you will need to wash the doll's hair the night before and brush it out. After this, take some scissors and start to cut small sections of the hair that have frizz on them. After this, you will cut the bottom of the section to make sure it's completely evened up. To make it easier, you can go section by section until you have it right!

How To: Roll clay without a pasta machine

In this tutorial, we learn how to roll clay without a pasta machine. First, warm up the clay in your hands and put them between two flat sticks. Next, use a glass bottle or cup to roll out the clay. Make sure the bottle is on the paint sticks as you are rolling. This will leave your piece of clay thick but flattened out. You can make this as thick or as thin as you would like to be. You can do this several times and use different types of sticks or side holders to change how the clay looks, e...

How To: Make a mini calla lily bouquet out of polymer clay

Learn how to sculpt a miniature bouquet of calla lily flowers out of polymer clay with this free video art lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for those with some familiarity of polymer clay sculpture, novice sculpters should be able to follow along given a little effort. For specifics, including step-by-step instructions, and to get started making your own PC calla lilies, watch this sculpture tutorial.

How To: Make miniature trees

watch this five part instructional modeling video to make miniature trees for dioramas, architectural models, and game terrain. You can use expensive artificial leaves, or you can use this more resourceful method. Go outdoors and collect small twigs and dried branches to add to the wire structures for a more natural look. This tutorial demonstrates how to make deciduous, coniferous, and several other types of miniature trees.

How To: Do a double twist flip on your American Girl doll

In this video, we learn how to do a double twist flip on your American Girl doll. First, part the hair down the middle and then brush it out. From here, pull out the rubber band one side and then split the middle of the hair in half. Push the rubber band with the hair through this, then tighten it up. Do this on the other side of the hair to make them both even. This will finish the hairstyle on your doll! The great thing is that you can do this on dolls that have short hair or long hair and ...

How To: Do a fishtail braid variation on your American Girl doll

In this video, we learn how to do a fishtail variation on your American Girl doll. First, brush the hair out so it's smooth and then take a section from the top right side and top left side. Cross these together on the back of the head and then grab another piece of hair. Start to braid these together and push them from side to side. Alternate grabbing pieces of hair from each side of the head, making them as big or little chunks as you want to. As you continue to cross the hair, you will rea...

How To: Pierce your American Girl dolls' ears easily

In this video, we learn how to pierce your American Girl dolls' ears! Start out by taking a pencil and marking the ear where you want to pierce it at. Then, take a thumb tack and poke it through the ear where you marked it with the pencil. Then, pull it out and do the same process to the other ear. To help, pull the hair up in a ponytail so the hair is out of the way while you're doing this. Next, give the doll to an adult and grab a #42 drill bit. Put the drill into the same hole and then ge...

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