27 7 / 2014
kazeknight said: Do you know of a way to dye the CAM Monster High Wigs? And to remove the starch and straighten MH hair?
There’s two types of hair that I assume is used for CAM Monster High Wigs and it’s either kanekalon or Saran. Both will take fabric dye but kanekalon will react a lot better to it. Saran will often look a bit pale since it requires a much higher heat in order to style or change. Dyeing Saran is hit and miss. Either it takes the dye, will take it if you subject it to prolonged exposure or only take a little bit of the dye no matter what. Lighter colors will generally respond well to dark colored dye.
Read through Dollyhair’s description of the difference between each hair fibers for a better understanding of their differences and how they work. All textile fibers can be dyed or recolored but human or animal hair requires a different process. Natural hair has its own set of problems (and don’t ask me because I don’t know. XD)
For general information about dyeing doll hair see the following:
- Dollyhair dyeing dollhair tutorial
- Hair dye disasters
- Dye hair with ink (Good experiment but try with caution. Anything alcohol based has a tendency to react badly with vinyl. Hair is fine but if it touches plastic, it’s bad.)
- Using Rit dye with Nylon and Saran
As for removing any factory default goop used on the dolls, subjecting them to shampoo/dish soap and a wash generally does the trick. If it still feels tough, some folks have found that using fabric softner instead of shampoo does the trick. Using hot water during the washing process will generally straighten the hair.
Hope that helps!
22 7 / 2014
arcoirislunar said: ... So, can I use the Semi-gloss/ Gloss to finish my work... but not really necessarily use the flat or matt along the work? The matte/flat is only to make the work more easy? (pleasesayyes)
Yep, that’s right. Also consider if you do want your work to look shiny or semi-gloss in the end, if that’s really the look you’re going for.
21 7 / 2014
arcoirislunar said: No Nap Time, can I use the MSC Gloss or Semi-gloss, or the UV Gloss on MH doll face without afraid to be happy?
You can use the gloss/semi-gloss MSC finish types for doll repainting, but only as a finish. In fact, MSC is supposed to be used as a finish (to add shine or dull a surface). It just so happens that MSC flat/matte was found by many artists as a good primer for painting too. You can only use the flat/matte version to do any actual repaint or work because it’s the only type that has teeth that will allow your medium (paint or watercolor pencils) to adhere to the surface you are working on).
21 7 / 2014
vampcubusliah said: could you help me learn how to crochet?
I’m working out a series of tutorials for crochet for the blog… but until then, I highly recommend the following:
A Crash Course in Crochet
An outline I wrote that links to several sources for crochet beginners. It’s very rough but I’ve been told that it’s helpful. ^^;
Idiot’s Guide to Crochet
Please ignore the title. If you can find the book, I highly recommend it. It’s authored by one of my favorite designers, June Gllbank. It goes in detail how-to do every kind of stitch and technique in crochet along with illustrations.
What’s great about this book is that it covers all stitch types and techniques. It’s really useful for when you want to look up a certain stitch type when you’re more comfortable working with advanced stitches and whatnot.
If you’re used to basic crochet concepts and stitches (chain, single stitch, that sort), check out her blog: http://www.planetjune.com/blog/tutorials/crochet-tutorials/
Learn How to Crochet - With Slow Motion
If you’re a visual learner, this is one of the better tutorial series I’ve found that includes slow motion so you can see how stitches are done.
I absolutely recommend this book for beginners, even advanced crocheters. It’s just like the Idiot’s Guide to crochet only with more pictures, diagrams, illustrations and a simpler approach on how stitches are done. It includes projects that progressively get harder while teaching you stitches and techniques. Projects range from simple scarves, amigurumi, bags and outfits.
The book also includes how to read patterns, charts and diagrams which can be daunting for a beginner.
Good luck and hope that helps! =)