Hot Dolls, Plush & Miniatures How-Tos

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 ollies on a tech deck fingerboard

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to do an Ollie on a fingerboard/Tech Deck. Users will only be using two fingers, the middle and index finger. Place the middle finger on the tail and the index finger near the bolts of the board. Now pull the board back, pop the tail down and throw it up forward. Users will need to do this in a fast motion. The fingerboard will almost seem like it is stuck to your 2 fingers. This video will benefit those viewers who enjoy playing with fingerboards and...

How To: Make a miniature dollhouse lamp

Start with an eye pin. Place a gold bead and end cap on it. Now put on a piece called a stamp, or stamping. You want to find one that is curved like a lamp. Next put on a large crystal (8mm). In this video she uses a Swarovski crystal. Find some beads you like and place them on the pin. At the end, place on a large plastic back of an earring to secure the beads and hold the "lamp" upright. Now to make the little beaded fringe at the edge of the lamp, you take another eye pin and thread on som...

How To: Do a ponytail veil on your American Girl doll

In this video we learn how to do a ponytail veil on your American Girl doll. To start, you will take the top front section of the hair, then brush it back. After this, you will tie it in a rubber band and then repeat these steps on both sides of the head. Then, you will take the hair that's in the ponytail of each one and split it into two. From here, you will tie these with another piece from another side and then tie together with a rubber band. do this once more on the very back and then t...

How To: Manage your American Girl dolls' curly hair

In this tutorial, we learn how to manage your American Girl dolls' curly hair. First, you will need a spray bottle with water in it to spray on the curls. If you can't brush it, that's fine, just run your fingers through it. If you can brush it, run your brush through the hair after spraying it. To curl her hair, you will separate the hair into sections. Then, you will curl the sections by rolling them around the finger to create a spiral curl. When finished, the hair will look gorgeous and l...

How To: Do a really cute hairstyle on your American Girl

In this tutorial, we learn how to do a really cute hairstyle on your American Girl. First, brush the hair out and then pick up the hair from the top of the head. Brush this and then twist the hair and push it up so it creates a poofed effect. You may have to do this several times to get it right. Then, clip the hair into place and grab the right side of the hair. Twist this until you reach the base of the neck and tie it into place. Do this on the other side and then combine both sides togeth...

How To: Do a spiderweb hairstyle on your American Girl

In this video, Sarah teaches us how to do a spider web hairstyle on your American Girl. You can do this with any doll, even if they have short hair. To start, you will pull the hair from the front of the head back and then clip it in the middle. Next, take the sides of the hair and do the same process. Repeat this on the other side of the hair, doing the same process. Next, you will split the hair in half from each clip and then meet it up with the half of another piece. Continue to do this a...

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 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: 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: 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 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 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Remove ink stains from your American Girl doll

In this video, we learn how to remove ink stains from your American Girl doll. If you get ink marks on your doll it's pretty easy to get off with just some Oxy spot treatment clear. The main ingredient in it is Benzyl Peroxide, which is an acne medicine. After you have this, you will put a little bit of it onto the stain on the doll. Apply this using a Q-Tip and not your finger, to avoid oils. Press this all over the spots on your doll, then cover the spots with plastic wrap. Put the doll in ...

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: Fix American Girl Doll Nicki's hair

You will need to begin by brushing her hair out, in order to remove all of the knots and tangles. Brush it gently. Don't pull it too much. Section the hair. Pin half of her hair up. Then, brush out the lower section. Then, twist curl her hair. Take a small section of her hair and twist it in a one direction. This will make spiral curls. Next, remove half of the hair that it pinned up. Pin the remaining hair. Then, twist curl this section, as you did the lower section. Once you've worked your ...

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: 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...

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