Hot Dolls, Plush & Miniatures How-Tos

How To: Make urban-style bases for Warhammer 40k miniatures

If you usually wind up playing Warhammer 40k on the same type of board pretty consistently, you should consider spicing up your pieces by giving them bases that look like the sort of terrain your favor. This video will show you how to make an urban environment base for Warhammer 40k miniatures that will make your pieces look that much better. And look account for so much in Warhammer games don't they?

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: Make mini polymer clay doughnuts for a dollhouse

Garden of Imagination demonstrates very simple method of how to make miniature doughnuts from polymer clay. There are three varieties of doughnuts made sprinkled, glace and chocolate covered. These are very simple round doughnut. For this we need a plastic clay measure which has balls of different size. We have to start off with a little piece of clay, put in size E of the clay measure. Always put some extra and slice it off. Take it out. Make it into the size of a ball with your hands. Now m...

How To: Make a chic doll coat

Channel Pulip shows you how to make a holiday coat for a doll. You will need wool felt, with no crease, trimming, lace, ribbon or button. Cut out the pattern as shown. Sew together at shoulder with 4mm seam. Pin and sew sleeve on. Sew lace on coat bottom and sleeve bottoms. Sew the side seams. Turn the coat inside out. Sew trimming from top of coat to bottom. Sew trim on collar and sew collar to coat. If you are adding pockets, sew trim on them and hand stitch the pockets to the coat. To clos...

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: 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: Simulate brick wall effects for dioramas

Here are some examples of brickwork for dioramas or war game terrain. Create a fine grit coating for foam carvings using a mixture of white glue, paint and fine sand. Press in brick patterns into foam, or if working in smaller scale, you can coat cardboard with a thin coat of plaster. Find old pieces of dry flat wood to create miniature slats of wood for sides of a barn or haunted house.

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: Build war game terrain with foam

Watch this instructional model making video to begin making war game terrain out of foam. This video introduces different types of foam and the varying strengths of high density foam. It's also possible to cast plaster molds with foam. Use foam as the basic structure for war games terrains, model railroads, architectural models and miniature dioramas.

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: 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: Glue a magnet onto a dummy/pacifier for a reborn doll

In this tutorial, we learn how to glue a magnet onto a dummy/pacifier for a reborn doll. First, gather all the tools you need to do this project. After you have these, remove the teeth from the pacifier. Next, scratch lines using a cutting knife so the glue grabs onto the center better. After this, apply the glue and the magnet, then place it on the dummy and press it there for several seconds until it is firm in the right place. After this, glue the surface of the pacifier onto the baby, the...

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 miniature tile flooring at 15mm scale

Watch this instructional model making video to make miniature plaster tile flooring for war game terrain. Add a thin layer of plaster for a smooth level floor for your game piece or diorama. The layer of plaster simulates concrete as is, or you can etch in tiles while the plaster is slightly damp. Make convincing walls and flooring for doll houses, dioramas, Warhammer and war games.

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 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 plaster molds

When making a plaster mold you must first decide on the shape and size of your mold. Then you need to order your plaster and supplies. Select something to make a mold from, a container to house the plaster lined with a layer of clay to make for an easy removal of the plaster, a weighing scale, plaster, spatula, a mixing tup and jug of water. Weigh out the amount specified by your suplier onto the scale, then add it to water a little at a time. Stir the plaster into the water, scraping the bot...

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: Restore your American Girl doll's shiny silky hair

In this tutorial, we learn how to restore your American Girl doll's shiny silky hair. You can wash and condition the hair, use a flat iron on the lowest setting, trim the ends and fly-aways with scissors, and more! If you have done all of this and it's just not shiny enough, you can help fix it. First, you will put a plastic bag around her body. After this, this the bag so her skin won't be effected. Now, cover her face with a towel so just her hair is left. Now, take some Son of A Gun spray ...

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: 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: 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: 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.

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