In my Flock Your Cornrows post I said you could use flexible modeling paste to hide the rooting holes in a dolls head. However, you can also use it to fashion hair and close the lips of a smiling doll.
If you just wanted to cover rooting holes you could smooth the paste over the head with your finger (I always use gloves) or scrape it on with a metal or plastic palette knife. If you want a crisp hair line then use masking tape to define the areas you don't want affected and remove the tape immediately after applying your paste.
For my purposes I've used my palette knife to pat on a thin layer of paste and let it dry for about 30 minutes. I didn't smooth it because I wanted a tacky layer for the next one to adhere to. I'm going for an afro-centric look, so the more texture the better.
My second coat is thicker and I'm more uniform in the peaks and pulls that I'm making with the paste. I also added a layer to the lip opening, let it dry 15 minutes and then applied a second coat that I shaped into a closed mouth.
Once the paste hardened completely (about 4 hours in the humidity of Florida), I applied a single layer of black paint. You could now put on some glue and flock for a cool effect but I'm leaving mine alone.
I've actually built lips on top of her existing ones, covering them completely. I used a tooth pick to make the crease in her mouth while the paste was still pliable. Not all dolls have such wide open smiles as Nikki does so you can get away with simply filling the opening. However, I wanted to show you the possibilities.
I sanded the bottom lip to make it smooth, but left the top one rough so you can see the difference for those of you who want to make some Jolie type lips. I filled the entire cavity of her mouth, side to side, but you don't have to.
A special note:
This will be the last procedure that my hardworking practice model will undergo. She is officially retired. A complete trooper through so many faces, applications and experiments, she will now be enjoying her dolldom test free. Thank you for your service, Nikki No. 3, thank you.
Hello from Spain: I had not seen before that dough. It is very interesting. I like the new look of your doll. Her lips and her hair is very nice. Keep in touchReplyDelete
Hi, Marta! The doll is very happy to retire with her new (and final) look.Delete
Oooh, I've never seen this before either... I'm seeing many possibilities. Very cool share!ReplyDelete
Hi, Heather! I'm happy to share my exploits!Delete
Love, love, love it. Assuming that it can be purchased from Michael's, I must have my son pick up some the next time he goes to the gym.ReplyDelete
Earlier this month I had him purchase some white acrylic paint for his dad who is working on a huge canvas painting and had run out of white paint. After Son's Michael's visit, he updated his Facebook status (and he'd kill me if he knew I was sharing it, but I thought it was priceless), to this:
"MJ Designs (it will always be MJ Designs to me) has a slew, no, a smorgasbord of whimsical science fixins that remind me of the old days... some even in the same packaging. Little volcanoes you can make with Mentos and soda, a tiny windmill kit that powers an LED light, toy rockets that start fires and never launch correctly, and sea monkeys aka the Ramen noodles of the ocean. It was like walking though a time capsule of dweebery where everything smelled of wood and felt, and reminded of adolescence."
Based on that experience, I'm sure he won't mind going back again so soon.
LOL, Debbie! Your son is going to be mad that you are sharing him geeking out, but I wont tell!Delete
Yes, this is available at Michael's. They usually only have the large size though (16 oz) at $19.99. You can get it in a 10 oz and some stores have it in 8 oz tubes (like toothpaste). Just make sure he gets "flexible." If he gets the Golden brand instead of Liquitex they have a variety, but I've never used that brand. I think Golden also calls it "molding."
DBG - I thoroughly enjoyed your son's MJ Designs experience! Thanks for sharing it.Delete
My,Oh,My you've done it again Muff!! Great job!! Btw is there anyway we can get a night time shot of the urban development that would be interesting to see!!!ReplyDelete
Hiya, Jay and thanks! Yes, I can shoot a night scene. The development has already changed though. I'm having a real people get-together soon so I had to move it off the breakfast bar. Now it's sitting on top of a bed and configured as 3 separate buildings with common walkways but the park is gone.Delete
Modeling paste is the greatest. I did the same type hairstyles about 10 yrs ago when I thought I wanted to do face repaints. Amazingly enough, I still have the same container of paste. I can see it right now on a shelf next to a few other Liquitex products I haven't used in 10 yrs. LOL! I'm looking forward to your future experiments. By the way, I just finished some books, Muff style, and I will be posting them soon.ReplyDelete
Yeah, Vanessa, as long as you keep it capped that Liquitex stuff will last forever. I'll mosey on over to take a look at your books!Delete
Modeling paste is super. New look your doll is interesting :) Great job... Congratulations !!!ReplyDelete
Greetings from Poland :)
Thanks, Marille! I don't really use it that often but it is a nice product.Delete
Wow!!! You really did change her looks, her hair is great and her mouth is quite like Angelina!! She looks more mysterious now... It seems she deservers retirement, I wish her luck and long live!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Rossetti! When I finished her lips I did think they had a Angelina shape to them. The doll is enjoying her retirement.Delete
*salutes Nikki No.3*ReplyDelete
I wouldn't have thought an ordinary gel medium would be durable enough for things like that (I guess the "flexible" part is important?), but if it is that opens a lot of possibilities. Good to know!
Hiya, Anderson! Yes, I have regular modeling paste and I would use that on harder surfaces. It's not like a go around squishing my doll heads but you'll have better results applying the "flexible" paste to softer surfaces.Delete
Wow Muff, you are on it! I too just like Vanessa have some that I purchased over 10 years ago as well. I learned the process from a doll makeover book. I never used mine with. Lol!ReplyDelete
Georgia Girl, I think we are all in that club where we purchase craft stuff but never get around to using it. I bought a bunch of clay and every thing to go with it to make doll food. A year later every thing is nice and crisp in its untouched packaging.Delete
Never heard about this paste, will definitely buy it! You got great results, this hairstyle looks very nice. I especially like those new lips, I used to close doll's lips with some kind of epoxy, you shown how it should be done in not barbaric way :DReplyDelete
LOL, Jewel Snake. Some of my dolls might disagree with you on how barbaric my methods are.Delete
Great new look for your patient Nikki doll! Sure she is glad to have a more distinct look.ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing your tools and techniques.
Hiya, Dana and thanks! I'm always happy to share my madness.Delete
Botox for dolls. I really like her new look and hope she's only retired from being a model for Dr. Muff, the plastic surgeon.ReplyDelete
Hahaha, Carrickters. Now that you say that, she does look like she has had an injection into her lips. Ah, the price of beauty.Delete
Amazing post! I love it:)ReplyDelete
Gosh, have to catch up on so many things thanks to school!ReplyDelete
I love this look on her, the shape of the lips is very special and feminine while the hair looks really cool and tough.
Nikki deserves her retirement ^^
Thanks, Tali! Nikki is resting well and enjoying her free time with reading and eating chocolate.Delete