I have moved :( all my crafty stuff is packed up in storage! I'm having withdrawals! so I thought I'd make some how tos of my fav projects to keep me busy!
This one is an older projects made for a makeover challenge my barbie group had! I've been meaning to put up for awhile! I hope it inspires someone to give another old barbie a new lease on life!
First things first find yourself a victim oppps I mean volunteer! I brought this doll at a garage sale in very poor condition her face paint has worn off she has big balding spots thru her hair and her legs have big chew marks!
"girl what on earth did you get up to last night?"
I recommend finding a doll in a bit better condition if it is your first go! as re-rooting hair and repainting eyes and make up can be quite tricky!
wash the doll thoroughly! Then shampoo and condition hair! brush out all knots, cut hair to desired length
I removed the head at this point and added some highlights to her hair to hide the bald spots! this can be a tricky process you need a very long needle pliers and of course hair! I use the knot method to make hair plugs as the dolls I make are not for children!
Next use nail polish remover non-acetone to remove face paint, however if the face paint isn't in too bad a condition you can always leave it and just touch it up!
I used an acrylic paint for her eyes and lipstick and glitter paint for her eyeshadow and then covered the painted areas with a clear gloss!
To make the mermaid tail (to hide those lovely chewed legs) you need a lot of patience!
I tied 3 different colored ribbons around her waist and wove them very tightly around her legs and knotting at the end, then used the excess ribbon to form the end of the tail by gluing together! any gaps I hid with glue!