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: Apply eyelashes to open eyed reborn baby dolls

In this video, we learn how to apply eyelashes to open eyed reborn baby dolls. First, you will need to prepare the glue by placing it on a flat surface and letting sit for a couple minutes. Then, take the new eyelashes and remove the existing glue with tweezers. After you do this, dip the base of the lashes into the glue. Do this slowly and make sure to wipe off any excess glue when you're finished. Place the glue evenly around the entire lash. Now, bring the lash to the eye and insert it int...

How To: Make a Barbie-sized princess tiara

For the fairy sized princess tiara you will need 32 gauge silver wire, silver ball beads, seed beads (your choice of color) and 4 mm crystal beads. Start with about 6" of the wire. String a seed bead to the center of the wire- and twist one or two times to secure it in place. Then bring both ends of the wire together- and clip so that they are even. Next string a 4 mm crystal bead over both pieces of wire and press snugly next to the first seed bead already strung. Then add a silver ball bead...

How To: Make bubbles for a miniature bathtub

In order to make bubbles for a miniature bathtub, you will need Amazing Casting Resin, Triple Thick, micro marbles/decorative beads, a dollhouse tub, and a miniature rubber ducky. You can purchase it in hobby stores: e.g. Hobby Lobby. Open it. Mix it well, according to the package. Poor it into the dollhouse tub. Allow the resin to set. It takes about 1 minute.

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: 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: Make an easy no-sew voodoo doll

Caroline Dean show us how to make a voodoo doll in this tutorial. Start by grabbing two pieces of copy paper, and tear one sheet in half length wise. Next, roll one of the half sheets into a ball, this will become the head. After this, roll the other half of the paper into a tube shape, which will become the doll's arms. Next, place the ball into the center of the copy paper and then gather the corners of the paper around the doll, and roll it into a body shape. Now place a sharp object in th...

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: 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: Use foam to make diorama terrain

In this tutorial, we learn how to use foam to make diorama terrain. Foam will make a realistic diorama because it comes in so many different shapes and sizes. You can buy this from hobby shops and even online. To put these together, you will simply use some wood glue. You can easily cut this with a sharp knife, scissors, and anything else that is sharp! You can use a hot wire cutting tool to mold and sculpt the foam as well. You can also use a hot glue gun to connect the pieces of foam togeth...

How To: Weigh the shoulder and attach the arm on a reborn doll

In this tutorial, we learn how to weigh the shoulder and attach the arm on a reborn doll. First, gather all of your tools and then start to fill the shoulder of the doll. Do this by filling 1/3 of the top of the shoulder joint with poly fill. Next, fill the middle with poly pellets and leave room for more poly fill fiber. Once you have done this, place small amount of poly fiber fill over the pellets. Don't over-fill the arm. Then, attach the arms to the boxy and tighten it up with the fluff ...

How To: Make a miniature baby bottle

In order to make a miniature baby doll bottle to be used in a dollhouse, you will need the following: orange paint, white paint, a paintbrush, and a light bulb from a string of white Christmas lights. The light bulb must be a standard light bulb. It can't be a replacement bulb, because it needs to be clear. The wires do not need to be removed.

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: Set eyes into a reborn baby doll

When building a reborn doll, you have an array of options for how to put the baby together. This how-to video demonstrates the process of putting eyes into a reborn baby doll. You will need the reborn baby doll head, a setting tool, and the eyes that are being installed. Watch this video doll-making tutorial and learn how to set eyes into a reborn baby.

How To: Weigh and attach the head to your reborn baby doll

In this tutorial, we learn how to weigh and attach the head to your reborn baby doll. First, insert the stocking into the head, leaving the remaining out. Then, pour in large glass beads until the head is your desired weight. After this, tie the stocking as close to the beads as possible, then cut off the additional fabric. From here, you will fill the head in with soft filling until it's completely full. After this, you can apply the cap and glue around the base of the head. When this is dri...

How To: Make snow bases for your miniatures

The materials you will need to add snow and other details to the base of your miniature game figure are white tacky or craft glue, super glue, a few small rocks or pebbles, coarse turf, a small paint brush, and baking soda. Begin by using the super glue to apply a few rocks to your base. You don't want to apply too many as the main focus will be on the snow. Add white glue to the base being careful not to get any on the figure itself. Use your paint brush to spread the white glue around until...

How To: Mottle with a berry maker brush on a reborn baby doll

In this video, we learn how to mottle with a berry maker brush on a reborn baby doll. First you will need to gather all of the materials you need, then mix up your correct paint colors. Next, you will use a small dabbing brush to dab the color onto the stomach of the baby. Once you have finished this, work your way up to the chest. Be sure to dip your brush inside the paint every time you run out of some. Once you're done, do this same process for all of the limbs, avoiding the soles of the f...

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: Insert eyes from the back of a reborn baby doll

In this tutorial, we learn how to insert eyes from the back of a Reborn baby doll. To do this, you will need: a cutting knife, glues, and the correct type of eyes for your baby doll. Start off by cutting the vinyl on the back of the head, using your thumb to push the socket back into the head. After this, cut the bottom half just enough to push the eye through the socket. Insert the eyes into the cuts that you made, letting it sit flush to the vinyl. Look at the front of the doll to make sure...

How To: Make miniature chocolates for a doll & dollhouse

You want to make sure your dollhouse has everything a real house would have, right? So when Valentines day comes around, don't your little people deserve some yummy chocolates too? In this tutorial, learn how to make miniature chocolates for your dolls using polymer clay. These delicious little bites don't take very long to create and they will add a nice bit of authenticity to your doll's home. So, if your little people need a tasty treat check out this video and follow along - you will have...

How To: Do ramp tricks on a TechDeck fingerboard

Tech Deck videos demonstrates how to do ramp tricks on a Tech Deck fingerboard. Any trick that you learn can also be performed on a ramp. A rock to fakey is the easiest ramp trick. Ride up, touch the lip of the board to the ramp, balance the center of the board on the edge, tap the front wheels on the ledge, and ride back down the ramp fakey style. You can then turn the rock to fakey into a board slide. Instead of rocking on the lip of the ramp, push the board along the edge and then dismount...

How To: Build a tech deck quarter pipe for your fingerboard

In this how-to video, you will learn how to build a mini skate park quarter pipe for your tech-deck. First, you will need a hot glue gun, a coat hangar, cardboard, a manila folder, and scissors. First, cut the frame for the pipe. Next, glue a support for the bottom of the three supports. Now, glue the card on top. Next, cut a length of coat hangar the width of the quarter pipe. This is used for the coping. Glue this coping on to the top edge of the card. Now, cut out a rectangle that will fit...

How To: Make a mini polymer clay watermelon for a dollhouse

Follow the easy instructions of this video to create the perfect kitchen accessory for your dollhouse! The instructions for the mini polymer clay watermelon are quick and easy to follow. First you need red, black, green, and translucent clay. You want a very light green color for the watermelon. Use the pasta machine to mix the colors together. Slice the pieces of green clay and lay them on top of the light green clay. On the largest setting run them through together in the pasta machine. Rol...

How To: Make mini sunflowers for a dollhouse

This video shows how to make a tiny sunflower from polymer clay. Start with some yellow clay and roll it out using a pasta machine using the number 1 setting on the pasta machine. Wilton cake decorating supplies makes a flower shaped cutter that is designed to cut pieces of fondant, but works well for polymer clay. Make some of the flower shapes and even out the cut edges. You can texturize the flower petals so they are not left completely smooth. Add a piece of brown clay to the middle of th...

How To: Make a simple baby toy

NiftyButton teaches you how to make a simple baby toy. You dig out an old pair of brightly colored stockings and snip off one leg. You want to have a section of about 15 inches. You then stuff this with crumpled paper. Take the open end and make a tight knot. Cut and tie ribbons into knots. Place each ribbon between two pieces of paper. You can also add eyes to the small toy by adding buttons or simply using a marker to draw the eyes on the part that should be the head. Finally, give the toy ...

How To: Reroot Blythe Doll hair

This is a tutorial on Rerooting Blythe Doll Hair from the CRAFT Video Podcast. Blythe dolls are great for making three-dimensional self portraits. There is an enormous community of customizers working with the Blythe Doll. One of the main online sources for customization is Puchi Collective, which houses oodles of tops for changing her eyechips, face makeup, and clothes.

How To: Make a Muppet

This instructional video demonstrates how to make a Muppet style puppet. You will need markers, scissors, tape, a hot glue gun, spray paint, spare fabric and foam, and two ping pong balls for the eyes. Make a Muppet.

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