Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Smile Inspired by Sheilla B Silver

After seeing the new look given Beach Party Nikki by Jorge Ramiro of Clicking Dolls, I planned to try my hand at using paint to close in one of my doll's toothy grins.


Beach Party Nikki (stock photo)

Sheilla B Silver (Jorge's doll) began as Beach Party Nikki.

The lovely Sheilla B Silver (photo courtesy of Jorge Ramiro of Clicking Dolls)

With Jorge's expertise at styling and what he describes as his technique that "cut the teeth and pasted the lips," he was able to successfully close in Sheilla B's toothy smile.  Sheilla B (as shown above) is now absolutely gorgeous!

Swappin' Styles Barbie before the repaint
I used Swappin' Styles Barbie as the doll subject for my painting-only technique of closing in a toothy grin. 


Without any acetone on hand, I used fingernail polish remover to remove the lip color.


During the repaint process, I decided to repaint her eyes, but was too afraid to remove the original eye color.  In the above image, the teeth have been filled in with paint that matches the doll's complexion and the eye repainting initiated. 

Allowing time (but due to my impatience, never enough) for each layer of paint to dry, I continued to layer it in the middle of the mouth to fill in the teeth area and give the illusion of a closed mouth.  I completed the eye enhancement, thickened her eyebrows, and gave her a beauty mark above the lip.   Fingernail polish was used for the final lip color.

Swappin' Styles Barbie, Repaint After Photos







Although she's not as glamorous, I like the new luscious smile inspired by Jorge's Sheilla B Silver. 

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14 comments:

  1. Hello from Spain: I am a follower of Jorge Ramiro and Sheila B is gorgeous. She is more beautiful now. Your Barbie is also better now with the new smile without showing teeth. Congratulations. Great job!. We keep in touch.

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  2. OMG!!
    I'm honered and flattered!!
    It's a pleasure see my girl on a so interesting post from a friend so gentle!
    Debbie Thank You,My Friend For This Smile On My Face Right Now!!
    Very interesting your repaint!I like it!It's great when we put a personal sign on our dolls.It's truly the meaning of OOAK.
    Hugs Debbie!!

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    1. Limbe Dolls and Marta - Thank you for your kind words.

      Jorge - You're welcome. I am glad my doll's new "interesting" smile made you smile. She looks a little "botoxy," doesn't she?
      :-)

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  3. Beautiful repaint of both dolls.

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  4. Hi Debbie,as a Jorge's friend,I can tell you how great your work on that lip was treated and even not being a doll collector here goes my congrats on that job and on your taste on Sheila B.,this super top doll!!!!
    Corinne

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    1. Thank you so much Corinne for taking the time to compliment the doll's new look.

      Jorge (as well as Sheila B) are inspirations.

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  5. LOL!!"Botoxy" is great,Debbie!I Love It!!
    I think interesting because I never was able to create a re-paint.My interventions on my dolls always was in the hair,body and now on the smile.I made soft touchs on Sheilla is this version of her,but I appreciate the friends that feel not affraid to experiment a re-paint.I like the collor you use for the lips!!

    Corine Hemsi!Love to have you on Debbie's blog.Thank you for the kind words about "our" child "Lady B." Kisses Baby!!

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    1. Yes... her lips did get larger in the process, but some of that was intentional.

      I think your cut and paste technique is fantastic, Jorge. One day I will try that technique if I can fully understand exactly how you did it.

      I like using nail polish instead of paint on the lips. Frosted nail polish gives off a shimmer. With nail polish, there are more color choices than with paint, unless you mix the paint. You also do not have to use an acrylic sealer with nail polish, but you can apply a coat of clear polish to seal the lip color, if desired. My hand has more control of the nail polish brush than a paint brush.

      Because I am still inspired by Sheila B., I just painted another doll's lips about 5 minutes ago. She's drying now. Will share pictures as soon as the "lips are sealed."


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  6. Wow! Great job Debbie! She looks so much better without the open smile. You have inspired me to give itva try.

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  7. She looks so much better Debbie! Mmm nail polish huh? Gonna try that to see how it looks on one of my gals! I too think she looks much better than that opened mouth grin:)

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  8. Look at that! Another technique that I'm going to need to try. Thanks for showing us.

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  9. Thanks, GG, Chynadoll, and Muff. Please share your techniques if you do try this. Warning: Please exercise more patience than I did. I failed to apply thin layers of paint and allow it to dry well enough in between layers.

    Chynadoll... looking forward to learning some of your masterful repainting techniques on the 20th.

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