Hello dear readers! My sewing project dress has currently taken the back burner for the moment as I try and figure out how to do the small flowers. So in the meantime, I needed a doll fix, and I needed one bad.
And this is how I found myself standing in a Toys R Us, quietly repeating “I’m an adult. I’m an adult.”
To which my boyfriend responded, “So am I. And I play children’s card games. Get the damn doll.”
He knows me too well. So, I’d like to introduce you to Scarah.
Name is pending. I’ve already put her through hell in the past not-even-24-hours I’ve owned her, but all the things I’ve done have already been talked about, shown, tutorial-ed, and pretty much everyone knows about them. So of course the first thing I did was rip out her hair, stitch up a wig cap, and start gluing combed and flat ironed yarn fibers while scrolling through etsy looking for a good alpaca locks seller and planning her new face.
But, I’ve found there’s something no one to my knowledge has spoken of yet.
Yeah, her feet. Hate those things. Just gives me long and painful flashbacks to too many nights at clubs limping back to the parking lot while yelling back at my plastered drunk friend to stop accusing people of taking her phone because she gave it to me hours ago and I just want to go home and get these stupid heels off.
So, I dragged her outside, and pulled out an old friend of mine.
Ah yes, the heat gun. Nothing fancy, just a two speed one I bought from Home Depot. Seriously, I walked in, picked up the cheapest one, and took it home. It’s done me well.
Now for the obligatory warning:
I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU BURNING YOURSELF, THE ITEMS AROUND YOU, OR FOR MELTING YOUR DOLL. IF YOU CHOOSE TO DO THIS, DO SO WITH CAUTION. THIS CRAP IS HOT. REALLY, REALLY HOT. AND OBVIOUSLY IF YOU’RE A CHILD, DON’T TRY THIS IT ALL. PARENTS AND OLDER SIBLINGS ARE AROUND FOR A REASON.
- The second you turn off the gun, start molding the plastic. This stuff gets pretty flexible when heated, but it cools and sets almost instantly, so work fast. Of course you can always reheat it, but it’s just something to keep in mind.
- Make sure while you’re moving things around, you’re turning it and looking at it from all angles. You don’t want to be looking at it from the side and it be in the right position only to turn it to the front and see the ankle is poking out all wonky.
- Again. This gets hot. It didn’t bother me much personally, but my fingertips barely have much feeling when it comes to heat anyway. So just be careful.
Well, now that’s out of the way. Get your gun going nice and roasty toasty. For this first portion, we’re focusing the heat on the ankles. Do one leg at a time and wait for the plastic to get a bit shiny. Then slowly start to bend the foot into you have a nearly right angle. But don’t push it too much, of you’ll get the plastic starting to pucker and crease at the bend point.
Once that’s done, focus the heat around the foot and toes. I found the best way to do this next part is to press the foot flat down onto a surface that can handle the head (in this case, our washing machine) while pushing the toes down flat since they’re sticking up.
Thank goodness, we’re starting to have normal looking feet. Just keep reheating and reworking the plastic until it’s about the way you want it. You don’t want to worry about setting it on ice once it’s done, this stuff cools down pretty well on it’s own.
The difference is insane, and I love it. This girls gonna have some hello cute shoes pretty soon.
Just repeat everything for the second foot. You may run into the problem that I did, in which the feet didn’t quite meet up.
Not a huge deal, just heat them up at the same time and press them down together so they line up again. And that’s it! Enjoy your slightly more normal MH girl.