Hot Dolls, Plush & Miniatures How-Tos

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: Soften polymer clay

In this tutorial, we learn how to soften polymer clay. If you have crumbly clay and you want it to be soft, then you can make it softer easily. Now, take the clay and break it up into small pieces. Then mush this together with some translucent clay that is softer. Work this together with a jar or put it through a pasta machine. When you do this, it should be pretty soft and the air pockets should be removed. Continue to work the clay until it is all one color and it is really soft, then you c...

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: 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: 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 a mini polymer clay knife for a dollhouse

Garden of Imagination is demonstrating how to make a miniature knife for the doll house. This knife has a clay blade and a metal handle. The metal handle is made of a hanging earring finding. Now some black clay is taken. It is rolled and flatten and made into the shape of the blade. Now this is fixed to the handle and some glue is applied so that it stays permanently. Now the knife is ready. Now this is to be baked and after that some glaze is applied using brush so that it gets a shining ef...

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: Miniature ice cubes out of polymer clay

Learn how to sculpt miniature ice cubes 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 polymer clay ice cubes, watch this sculpture tutorial.

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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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 concrete moulds and ornaments

The Concrete Jungle guide to making concrete moulds and ornaments as a hobby or business is presented here. This is a short excerpt of a longer film. Mixing the concrete is presented. It is important to get the correct consistency to make the ornament successfully. Other features include the ingredients used and the filling of the latex mould and removing the mould. The mixing ratio for the cement is 4 parts gravel (6-10mm), 2 parts coarse sand, 1 part cement and water. The consistency should...

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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...

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