Friday, August 16, 2013

Hair Show

Back in February and March, Hey It's Muff was playing with a flocking set she got on sale and was generous enough to share the techniques she developed in a series of tutorials.  Muff made it look like so much fun in "Well Flock You Too" that I wanted to try.  Unfortunately, I could not find any flocking in the craft stores and didn't want to order any online.  My big chance came when I ran across some cheap glitter powder in Michael's.

This lady was a Dollar Store Diva.  I had more than a dozen of these heads to play with so I tried flocking four of them with different colors of glitter powder.  The gold was the most spectacular, but when I sprayed on acrylic sealer, most of it turned white so Miss Coppertop ended up with the most successful do.

The glitter powder made such a mess that I was not eager to experiment with it any further.  Fortunately Muff did another tutorial on customizing "Hair and Lips with Modeling Paste."  It's a good thing I had a 40% off coupon from Michael's because the modeling paste was expensive.  Still, my first efforts were encouraging enough to make the price seem worthwhile.

To make this style I slathered on a layer of modeling paste, then I took one of the myriad of doll brushes I have accumulated and pressed it into the paste all over the doll's head.  As I pulled the brush up, the paste formed peaks that look like a short, natural texture hairstyle.

Next time around I used a spare doll comb to make a side part in Teresa's new do.

Then I dragged it through the paste in a squiggly motion to make waves.

Kari Michelle is one of my all-time favorite face molds.  Somehow she has always looked better with short hair.

This was supposed to be a cornrow hairstyle.  I used a toothpick to section the "braids" but when I got to the back of her head, they were so close together you couldn't really tell they were braids so I didn't bother to add the detail that would look like braided strands.

I already had the Elektra Barbie when I found this one in the discount bin at a doll show.  I scalped her but didn't find much for her to do until I started experimenting with modeling paste hairstyles.

I made this wavy, center part hairdo by dragging a comb through the modeling paste just as I did for Teresa.

This doll was a Kmart clone that I bought circa 2005.  I used a toothpick to part her modeling paste "hair" in a grid pattern.  Then I put dollops of modeling paste in the center of each square to make bantu knots.

I'm in the midst of a major "lifestyle colonic" so all these ladies are bound for the Goodwill.  I just didn't want to send them off bald headed.  Now all the other Ayamedia actresses are clamoring for a chance to go to the salon and get short do's they can sport in between roles.

Many thanks to Muff for the inspiration!

À Bientôt


  1. Hello from Spain: great work of hairdresser. Your girls are now fabulous .. Keep in touch

  2. The glitter was a not as successful as the modeling paste.

    I have never tried it, but was told yarn can be used to make flocking by clipping it into tiny bits.

    To texturize the modeling paste, use the end of a straw to create tiny curls.


  3. This a great technique! Some little girls will be very happy!

  4. Hola, que gran trabajo, excelente opcion para muestras barbies que han perdido la cabellera.:-)

  5. Great job Limbe dolls. I love the ones you've done with the modeling paste. Cute and sassy. : )

  6. Lucky ladies at your place, Limbe Dolls. Nice make-overs with a different look than re-roots or wigging.

  7. You went to town with that modeling paste! Very nice designs. Someone is certainly going to enjoy finding those dolls at the thrift store.

  8. Many thanks for your comments ladies. It was a lot of fun making these hairdos. I can't wait to try some new ones!

  9. I missed this post. Great job with the hair. Kari Mitchell does look better with the short hair do.