|Completed ladies: Babette by EG, unmarked clone, Davtex clone, Twistee Totsy, and 35th Anniversary Barbie|
As shown above, the dyeing, painting, extra detailing, and dressing of all dolls has been completed.
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...after mixing acrylic paints (black, yellow, and a dab of white), I created olive green paint and painted the white pumps the desired color, as shown above.
Recall that the above two clones use the two newer Barbie bodies that I dyed. Until I find a body for the Davtex clone, I am using a So in Style Chandra body, which was the closest complexion match I had on hand for her.
|Davtex clone head on So in Style Chandra body and custom dressed|
|After being redressed, Twistee Totsy was returned to the confines of her original box. She is giving some serious side-eye as a result.|
|Likewise, 35th Anniversary Barbie returned to her box.|
|Joe and Adam took final photos together.|
Here are some tips for those who might want to try this:
- For your first attempt, use inexpensive vinyl/hard plastic dolls, such as thrift store finds.
- Do apply the dye powder and enhancement packet to boiled water and stir well. If you want to achieve a lighter brown, allow the water to cool some before adding the dolls. The water still needs to be relatively warm for the vinyl/hard plastic to absorb the dye. I believe the hottest water achieves the darkest results. The water was warm when 35th Anniversary Barbie was dipped. As a result, her complexion did not deepen as much as the rest. (According to the iDye Poly instructions, dyeing for clothes is supposed to be done on the stovetop in a pot of boiled water. I did not have an old pot to use and thought my alternate method would work just as well, besides I was dyeing dolls, not clothes.)
- It would be wonderful if iDye Poly was available in variations of brown or perhaps if colors could be mixed to blend a desired hue.
- Rit DyeMore can also be used for dyeing plastics. Since it is liquid, colors can probably be blended to create desired complexions and/or hair colors. (Here's a video of a troll toy being dyed with Rit DyeMore.)
- After dyeing, if you must paint any areas of the doll, a spray gun would work better. I do not own one. If I had to do it over again, I would prime the painted areas first. Because I did not prime, several layers of paint were required and the paint on the first several layers would easily chip. It will still chip, but I am careful handling the painted areas of those dolls.
- For the final painted layers, I mixed matte varnish with the acrylic paint, which I should have done with all layers to eliminate some, if not all chipping.
- Sealing painted areas is optional and probably best.
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