I’ve had the same doll in my garage for the last year. It was a Bratz doll – and the over the top makeup look wasn’t really what I wanted to give to a 6 year old, so the doll just sat on a shelf. Then I came across a lovely artist in Australia named Sonia Singh, who was making what she coined “Tree Change Dolls.”
It was clear that what my Bratz doll needed was a bit of a Tree change!
Of course I’d hoped to find out how to “make under” my Bratz doll from Sonia, but she had only said how she took off the dolls paint using chemicals I couldn’t find in the United States. So I figured out my own way of taking the paint off, making the feet, and re-painting the dolls. It’s probably different than her process, but it worked for me!
I’m sharing the process I used below, in case you’d like to take the make-up off your own dolls!
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How to “Make-under” Your Doll Tips –
- Using Pure Acetone gently wipe off your dolls makeup. Regular nail polish remover will smear the paint, and may stain your dolls face. It also helps to use a scooping motion, and switch sides of your wipe as soon as it picks up any paint. That way you dont accidentally redeposit it.
- Figure out what your doll is made of. If your using a Bratz Doll in the United States, it’s most likely hard vinyl. In that case you will need to use water based acrylic paints. Water based is important because oil based, may eat away at the plastic and destroy your doll. I used a Liquitex BASICS Acrylic Paint Tube 12-Piece Set.
- You will want to seal the paint you do. I used a matte varnish (Liquitex Professional Matte Varnish, 8-oz) for the eyebrows, lips, and freckles. But chose a shiny varnish for the eyes (Liquitex Professional Gloss Varnish, 8-oz) to give them a more life like shine.
- Super matted or damaged doll hair can be smoothed out using a wig brush, conditioner, and some hot water.
- If your doll has no feet like mine, you may want to use Creative Paperclay for Modeling Compound, 16-Ounce, White. I’ll write a separate blog about this soon.
- You will want the smallest acrylic paintbrushes you can find. More on that in the video below.
For more Details on giving your doll a makeover, and a closer look at what the dolls looked like before, check out the following video:
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