Monster High – Foot Flattening Mod

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

TIPS:

  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Love, Queen

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A Fall Fairy pt. 1 – BJD Sewing Adventure

It’s the first of October, and Texas finally seems to be cooperating on weather. It was actually nice outsite. Meaning it wasn’t 90 degrees. It wont be great for me until it doesn’t get any high than 70 at the height of the day. I thrive on the cold, guys. It’s in my blood. But that’s besides the point.

So this afternoon, I decided to join in on a thread on Den of Angels called Wearables Sewing Project. It’s a monthly challenge with a specific theme, and participants have to create an outfit for their doll(s) revolving around that theme. This month the theme is “Seasonal”, which is perfect for me. Fall, my favorite season, is just around the corner. (Techinically it’s already started, but again, this is Texas, and Texas doesn’t like letting go of it’s last grip on summer)

I toyed around with the idea of an original design but figured I needed a bit of brain break and decided to recreate a doll sized version of a dress made by Angela Clayton, which is below, along with a link to her blog.

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God, it’s gorgeous, isn’t it? I’m basically going through her posts about it trying to recreate it as best I can, considering the circumstances. Mainly being, I don’t have my doll and I can only go off of a few questionable measurements provided by the company. But let’s give it a shot.

I started off with the 3/4 circle skirt pattern.  It’d be easy, I told myself. There’s calculators all over the internet.
Except these tools are made specifically for human sized dimensions or require more math than I’m willing to remember. I had nearly lost hope, until I stumbled across this post: Click me, I’ll save your life

Oh my god. That makes it a million times more simple, doesn’t it? Does it work, I have no idea. But I’m willing to give it a shot. After plugging in all the numbers and drawing it out, I was left with this.

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Fingers crossed it works. I’d rather work on corset patterns all day than deal with the math involved with circle skirts. Which, incidentally, was the next step.
Now unfortunately I can’t remember where I found this SD sized corset pattern, so I can’t help you there. Fear not, once I get my girl, I’ll be posting every pattern I make for her on this blog so hopefully no other doll-less BJD hobbyists have to suffer as I am now. -single tear-
Anyway, back to business. I drew a line along each piece of the pattern where I believed the bust line to be and measured each line.

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The total came out to 13.4 cm, which doubled is 26.8. Supposedly her bust is 25.5, so I decided to take nearly 1 cm off of the center back panel since it seems to oddly wide. I’m taking more than needed since I’ll be lacing the corset and I’d rather it be too small than too big.
After that I pulled up a full body image of the doll and used some frankly questionable methods to decide how long I wanted to corset to be.

I put some paper up to my screen and made small tick marks on the side, marking the length of her shoulder to her wrist joint. Why? Because according to the site, the length of that should be 16cm. So by using those two marks, I should be able to get a relative scale comparison of how far it is from her largest point of her bust (around the nipple area) to where I wanted the corset to end (the smallest point of her waist). I guesstimated about a third of the original 16cm was what I wanted, so I went with 6.5cm. I then measured that down from the original bust mark I made and penned in another set of lines.

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I measured those lines as well and added them up and multiplied by 2. The sum was 23.2. Supposedly her waist is 14.5cm, so this is much, much too big. So I got to work trimming each part down, while hopefully still retaining the original shape. I decided to leave the center front and side front pieces alone, since they had such distinct curves, and focused most of the work on the side back and center back pieces.
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I wont go into how I decided how much to trim off of each part. The math is fiddly and obnoxious, frankly.

With that done, I decided to change the neckline into a more interesting shape, which was a simple task.

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And with that, my patterns were done! Well, as done as they could ever be. I’m hoping materials wont cost me much in the case this doesn’t fit my girl in the least. Fingers crossed though.

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