Thursday, March 26, 2015

How to Wire Wrap a Doll

An instructional video on how to do this!


And why would you want to do such a thing? Watch the video to find out. ^_^
 

 
 
3/27/15 Edited to add:
 
I was in a rush when I posted this, but I should have said that Dollar Tree wire is not treated, meaning, it is not tarnish resistant, thus it only costing a buck. If you are concerned about your doll's body, then do not leave the wire on it for long periods of time because it MAY stain it and the same goes for clothing. My Monster High body has been Dollar Tree wired for 7 months now and it hasn't stained at all but that doesn't mean it wont. Better safe than sorry.
 
If you want to leave the body permanently wired then I would get treated wire that will cost you about $5 or $6. You can order Darice Craft Wire, 20 gauge 15 yards, from Amazon or pick it up at Michaels or Joanns.

56 comments:

  1. I LOVE IT! All this time, I thought everyone used photoshop and that may not be the case. This is affordable and smart! I'm definitely going to try this before I spend money on doll stands.

    Thanks for posting this, Muff. 😊😊

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    1. Tracy India, I've tried multiple ways to stand a doll up including suspension by rod and string, which I think most people use. But as you said, I used photoshop to remove the string. I wanted something that was actually attached to the doll already so I wouldn't have to worry about twine and hopefully I wouldn't have to photoshop out. Depending on how you both are positioned and if you want their feet to show, you probably have to photoshop at some point but it's nice to NOT do that if you are just into portraits or your doll wears fancy full dress outfits.

      I was in a rush to post this last night but I should have added some more info about this particular wire and I'm going to go back and add that.

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  2. Thank you Muff film maker for this tutorial!

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  3. Oh, that is clever! And also a bit spooky, with those tentacles all over the place. :D

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    1. LOL, Anderson! I did not need the image of tentacle pron and my dolls in my head.

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    2. Ha ha, notice how I didn't mention the "pron" bit at all...!

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  4. Another great idea from the fabulous Muff!

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    1. Why, thank you, Phyllis. *preens*

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  5. Great idea, will need to try it on my boys! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hmmm, Jewel I have not tried this on a male body. I can only assume that their junk nobbin and lesser hip movement wont get in the way.

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  6. Wspaniały pomysł! Również to wypróbuję przy najbliższej sesji w plenerze!
    Dziękuję bardzo!
    Pozdrawiam serdecznie!

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    1. Dzięki, Olla! Mam nadzieję, że pracuje się ze swoimi dzianin mody.

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    1. Thank you, Billa! I know you are the queen of photoshop so you probably wont need it for hiding wires.

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  8. Muff what an awesome idea! I notice if you are far away enough the wire still can't be seen. I know this will work for my little ones too. I love it!

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    1. Yeah, Grandmommy. I put the doll on a skimpy outfit to show that even with a little bit of clothing on you can adjust yourself so the wire isn't seen.

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  9. Applause! That's good thinking!

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  10. Awesome post!!!!!! Thanks SO much for sharing this. I will definitely give it a try.

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    1. You're welcome, Georgia Girl! I hope it comes in handy.

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  11. I can't wait to show this to my husband! Such a clever idea. Thanks for the tutorial. :D

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    1. Hiya, Sarah! Hopefully this will help with his stop motion.

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  12. Fascinating! The results are really impressive.

    Thank you for the warning that the process can get fussy and annoying -- now I know that if I try it, I have to be in a very patient mood.

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    1. Yes, Smaller if you are not patient this is probably not for you, lol.

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  13. Hello from Spain: is a great idea. You are very creative. I like long cables. A great review and nice results. Keep in touch

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  14. BRILLIANT!!! What a very useful idea!!!

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  15. Wow, that's looks great. I will try it next time:)

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    1. Hope it works out for you, Natalia!

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  16. Very interesting! Does it work for male doll in pants? I don't think I would want to do this for dolls that I play with bit this is great for photos! I could see myself with a few spare bodies done like that just for photos.

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    1. Yes, Ms. Leo. It works for males and ladies in pants. I just tried it on a Fashionista Ken and he can still wear those super skinny pants. The fit of the wire on a male isn't as form fitting as it is on a lady because the ladies have better leg movement and a gap between their thighs and lady bits.

      My dolls share bodies so it isn't a big deal to me to leave a few of them wired. If you've got fancy, expensive dolls that keep their heads all the time then I would still use Dollar Tree wire, but just take it off after the shoot. You get three rolls for a buck so you don't feel so wasteful snipping it off. You don't have to make the tail so long either. I just find it versatile to have more tail than less.

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  17. This looks like something I would like to try. I'm sure I can fine the wire around here.

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  18. Great tutorial! I am so going to use it. I try not to use doll stands, so this will be perfect.

    Thank you!

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    1. You're welcome, Janainah! Hope it works out for you.

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  19. Great video, thanks for sharing your secrets! :)

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  20. The title seemed a bit S&M to me ;), but I must admit this wire thing really makes wonders with posing. I want to use your tip adn check how it will work to me. This would help with making more natural photos, so many possiblities!

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    1. LOL, Major, the image looks a little S&M too. I had to change the first picture I put up because it totally looked like bondage play.

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    2. Heh, this is a great idea, and I'm definitely going to be trying it, but now that this association has been made, my mind is going to be in the gutter the whole time once I get around it to! LOL ;)

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    3. jSarie, don't blame me if your dolls be getting all kinky, lol.

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  21. this is a great idea. I have heard of using wire to position the doll but never had time to play with it. I know alot of people build the overhead thingamajig with fishline and poles but that seems like alot of work and space and this seems so easy. Also this will work with alot of clothing including FR and Poppy clothing, so don't knock it. You're a genius Muff!

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    1. Lisa, as you say, I didn't want to be bothered with an overhead thingamajig and this was the best alternative I could come up with. Don't get me wrong, I do actually want an overhead thingamajig and will probably build one, but for ease of use and portability, wire is better for me.

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  22. Very cool, Muff. I'm gonna give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. You're welcome, Adrian! Hope it works out for you.

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  23. Sweeeeeet!!!! Amazing idea. I hope I remember this when the time arises that I can actually use it.

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  24. to lepsze niż patyczki do podpórek :)))

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