Hot Dolls, Plush & Miniatures How-Tos

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: 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 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 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: Clean a hummel figurine

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to clean a Hummel figurine. The materials required for this task are: light fluid or ammonia, warm water soft cloth and a toothbrush. Begin by mixing the fluid into some warm water and dipping the cloth into the water. With the wet cloth, apply it onto the figurines and rub it gently. If you can't remove the stubborn spot, use the toothbrush and clean in a back-and-forth or circular motion. This video will benefit those viewers who collect Hummel figu...

How To: Fix your American Girl Doll's loose limbs

In this tutorial, we learn how to fix your American Girl Doll's loose limbs. If your doll doesn't stand up very well because her limbs are loose, you can re-string her. First, take the knots off from around the head and then pull the head off. After this, take out all of the stuffing from the doll. From here, you will find the inner limbs with the elastic pieces on them. Take a rubber band and tie it around between the gold piece and the white piece. Do this for all the limbs, then stuff the ...

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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Make a mini burrito for a doll & dollhouse

The first step in making burritos for a dollhouse is to take some off white clay and roll it as thin as you can get it. After that, take a small circle using a small circular cutter of some sort. Next, make the "beans" with translucent liquid sculpting clay and some red clay by mixing the two ingredients together. Take a toothpick and apply this mixture in a line down the center. Now take one side of the circle and fold in just past the bean mixture. Now fold the side flaps over and roll the ...

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: 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 15mm scale miniatures

This video provides an introduction to building 15mm scale buildings for Warhammer or miniature dioramas. Simulate roofing shingles and with small pieces of cardboard. Create a haunted scene with real spider webs. Preserve tiny spider webs with a protective spray or make miniature spider webs out of milkweed. Build small scale grapevines with toothpicks, wire, and painted leggy moss.

How To: Paint the base coat on your Warhammer figurines

Watch this five part instructional video series to experiment with base coats on your Warhammer miniatures. Using thin coats of paint and small brushes, leave a wider margin for experimentation and highlight coats. The rich and impressive detailing on Warhammer figurines comes with patience and perseverance. Warhammer miniatures need several layers of primer and original fill color for a deep base coat.

How To: Paint shading on your Warhammer figurine

This instructional video demonstrates how to add shading to your Warhammer miniatures. With a small paintbrush, add thin washes of shading over the basic fill coats. In this video, the painter adds passes of paint on top of the manufacturer's Scab Red. Media extenders can keep paint from drying. When painting Warhammer characters, careful coats of shading color illuminate the details of the original figurine.

How To: Do the most amazing hairstyle on your American Girl

In this video from stephenswodadancer we learn a new hairstyle for your American Girl doll. You need 4 clips and a brush. Take your thumbs in her hair and wrap a circle in the crown of her head. Brush that part out, twist it around, and poof it up. Take the clips and put it on either side of the poof you've just made. You can leave it like that if you want or continue and take a small piece from the side of her hair and begin braiding it. Bring the braided piece across the back and clip the b...

How To: Do woven pigtails on your American Girl doll

In this video from stephenswodadancer we learn how to do woven pigtails on an American girl doll. Start by parting the hair in the middle down the back and put one to the side in a pony tail and on the other side, take a section from the top and twist it. Then take another small section and twist. It does get harder as it goes on because you're not able to hold on to everything. Make one more piece of hair twisted as well. Now take all 3 pieces and tie them together. Now put the remaining hai...

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

In this video from stephenswodadancer we learn how to do a hairstyle on the American Girl doll Mia. You need a brush, 2 regular sized bobby pins and 2 rubber bands. Start by brushing her hair back from her head and hold it with your hand. Using your finger nail start at about the corner of her eye and go up on each side. Pick up all that hair in the front. Turn her around and brush it out smooth and put the bobby pins in on each side. You can leave it like that or continue on. Part the back o...

How To: Do a clipped bun on your American Girl doll

In this video from stephenswodadancer we learn how to do a clipped bun on an American Girl doll. Start with your doll's hair in a pony tail. Right at about the crown of her head works. Take the piece of hair from the top and curl it and fold it under. Clip the part that you curled to her head. You can go all the way around until you get to the bottom and keep clipping. Repeat this process all around her head until it is to your liking. This will need lots of clips so make sure you have them!

How To: Do a hair headband on your American Girl doll

In this video, we learn how to do a hair headband on your American Girl doll. Brush the doll's hair out and then take a section from the bottom front of the hair. Twist this up and then do the same thing to the other side in the same spot. After you have twisted both sides, cross them both over to the opposite side of the head. After this, clip the side of the hair where the braid is left at. When finished, you will have a cute hairstyle on your doll! This work on any length of hair and only ...

How To: Do cowgirl pigtails on American Girl doll Nicki

In this video, we learn how to do cowgirl pigtails on American Girl doll Nicki. First, brush the hair out and then make a part down the middle so you have hair on both sides. Then, put one of the pigtails to the side. After this, go to the other side and brush it out again. Make this low and then tie a rubber band around the pig tail. To make it curly, you will take little pieces of the hair and curl them up with your fingers. Repeat this on the other side and then you will be finished with t...

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