Hot Dolls, Plush & Miniatures How-Tos

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: Make a lettuc or cabbage for a miniature dollhouse

Garden of Imagination presents the making of polymer clay cabbage. She starts with a ball of polymer clay she has pre-baked in the oven. She, then starts to make the leaves. She flattens a piece of the green clay and then adds texture with a scalloped cake decorating tool. She folds the leaves around the ball. Halfway through, she instructs to bake it again. Then, she finishes adding "leaves" around the cabbage. The goal is to achieve a ragged realistic cabbage head. Finally, she gives bonus ...

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: 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: 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: 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: Apply veins to a reborn baby doll

In this tutorial, we learn how to apply veins to a reborn baby doll. Gather up all your materials, then mix the proper paint for the veins. After you're finished mixing, use a very fine tip brush to add the veins onto the baby's chest and stomach. Use a sponge to dab onto the paint after you have painted the veins onto them. When finished with the chest area, start to apply the veins to the limbs of the baby. Continue to do this until you have painted realistic veins on all the appropriate pa...

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: 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 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 a stop motion video with your American Girl Dolls

In this video, we learn how to make a stop motion video with your American Girl Dolls. First, you will need to get a tripod to place your camera on and move it around. After this, put your doll out and then take a quick picture. Then, move her arm a little bit taking pictures one by one. You will be moving her, going out of frame, then coming back into the frame. When you're finished, load the pictures onto your computer and then choose all the pictures that you want to use. From here, you wi...

How To: Properly wash your American Girl doll's hair

In this tutorial, we learn how to properly wash an American Girl doll hair. First, rinse warm water through the doll's hair, then wash the hair with Herbal Essence's hydration shampoo. After this, rinse out the shampoo until there are no more bubbles. Next, place conditioner in the hair, the rinse off the conditioner until it's completely rinsed out. Comb your fingers through the hair so there are no more knots in the hair. When finished, comb out the hair and then blow dry it until there is ...

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: Paint your American Girl dolls' nails

In this video, we learn how to paint your American Girl dolls' nails. First, stand your doll up and then dip a tiny paintbrush into nail polish remover. After this, put some nail polish onto another tiny brush. Then start to paint the toes using the tiny paintbrush. If you make a mistake, just use the other brush to remove the nail polish. Don't put too much polish on the brush, or it will get messy and turn out badly. Repeat this process on the fingernails when you are done with the toes. Fr...

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: Duplicate diorama pieces with plaster casts

Watch this instructional video to make cheap molds for casting miniatures. You can then duplicate pieces for building your diorama or game terrain. Sculpt original forms using polymer clay, and layer on latex to make a cheap rubber mold. Or, you can use pre-made forms to press shapes into a soft mold. This video provides several modes of creating plaster forms and duplicates for miniature sculptures.

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: 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: 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: Make miniature trees for dioramas

Here is a quick and easy tutorial on making miniature trees. Watch this instructional model making video to get started with the traditional method using Woodland Scenics and learn some alternatives using found materials like wire and scouring pads. They look great and are perfect for dioramas, doll houses, and model railroads.

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: 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: 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: Gather tools for building miniatures

Here are some of necessary the tools for hobby crafting and diorama making. This model maker uses wood rasps, sanding pencils, wire cutters, small pliers, a box cutter, a wood carving knife, and a Japanese pull saw. When building miniatures you may find yourself making your own tools or finding useful sculpting aids around the house. Occasionally, a wood burning gun can help you achieve detail for tiny window shutters and other fine work.

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