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Christmas in June!

The Poppys have landed….I repeat…The Poppys have landed!  I received a wonderful box yesterday and it feels like Christmas in June. 

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Ahhhhhh….don’t you just love that new doll smell.

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First out of the box was “Isn’t it Romantic”7184357005_b799562f85_c

Second was “ Miss Fairchild”

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Saved the best for third….”Most Sophisticated”

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Ahhhhhhhh!  She is just as gorgeous…maybe even more so ….than her promo pictures.  Complete and total love.

 

“The Chauffer’s daughter” ended the Poppy parade.

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Tooooooo cute!

I also received FR2 Tatyana

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So much to contemplate, it’s hard to know what to debox first…..

“Most Sophisticated” won hands down.   Just removed the pin from her hat and adjusted it lower and she was good to go.  This set is Amazing!  And the luggage!!!  Don’t even get me started on the fantastic luggage LOL!

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Tatyana came out of the box second

Oh my those cheekbones!  Must get her into the studio ASAP.   My fingers are itching for my good camera and my light boxes.

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Isn’t it romantic has some hair issues so she needs a few adjustments before her photos.  Thought I would share what I do for “hair adjustments”.  I like to have bangs lie flat against the head and not floating off the forehead so I slather it with gel and “train” it down with some ribbons.  This is a picture of what I mean

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In 24 – 48 hours it should be set.  And the bangs will hopefully lie flat against her head and the back will lie close to her neck.  Will have to see how it turns out.


An Updo Hair Tutorial

Over a year ago, a very nice woman wrote to me and asked if I would share some tips on a certain hairstyle I had done.  I was all enthused to do a hair tutorial and had every intention of posting the information.  Well…of course…I never got around to posting it.  My bad!  While at the recent Fashion Royalty convention in Chicago, I met a very lovely woman from France and yes…you guessed it….she was the one who had originally asked for information on how to do a certain hairstyle.  Now, having met this person face to face and having promised to post a tutorial, I hereby dispatch my duty LOL!

And for the lovely Rebecca V. from Paris, this one is for you . Merci beaucoup pour votre patience en attendant que cette information.

Here is a photo of the restyled table dolls I gave at the last Barbie Convention:

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*** A word of caution about this tutorial.  Once I do the dolls hair in an updo, it is not coming down.  It is a permanent hairstyle change.  If you are looking for temporary hairstyle changes, this is not the tutorial for you. **  Also…it is highly recommended to practice on a less expensive vinyl doll first.  I practiced on some older playline dolls of my daughters before I tackled the Silkstones.

I use the following products when I restyle doll hair:

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1.  Firm Hold Hair Gel

2. brush and rat tail comb

3.  Straight pins ( nickel plated…so far no reaction with Silkstone vinyl)

4.  Small clear rubber bands

5. A thimble

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First, I liberally apply the gel to the section of hair that I will be styling and rubber band it at the top/back of head.

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Then I put a rubber band about an inch and 1/2 down from the other rubber band and leave a small section out from the right side of the hair bundle.  This will be used to cover up the rubber band …you will see what I mean.

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Next, I pull the section of hair around the rubber band…..

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The gel will help keep it in place for a bit but I try to hold it there while I work on the rest.

The next step is the one that normally bothers people…yes…I cut the hair.  Please avert your eyes if you can’t handle it.

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Once the hair is cut, I fold it forward towards the face.   Notice that piece of hair that I left out of the bundle is wound around the bottom rubber band and hanging off to the right side of the dolls head.

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Fold the hair forward, concealing the ends of the hair under the bundle.

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Hold firmly and insert pin on top of hair bundle.  I use a thimble to push the pin down into the head.

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I usually use 3-5 straight pins for this updo but you may need more or less depending on the doll and the amount of hair.  I put one in the middle and one a little bit to the left and right.  Keep in mind that if you are working on a Silkstone head, you will need to use a fair bit of force to get that pin in her head.  I highly recommend a thimble if working with Silkstones.

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Once you have put in enough pins and the hair is staying up on it’s own without you holding it, you can take care of the section of hair that should still be hanging out the back from where you covered the rubber band.

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I use very sharp small sewing scissors for this .

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Then I fix the end of the cut hair with a dab of hair gel to “glue” it in place.

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Et Voilà!

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I usually spend a few minutes snipping stray hairs and smoothing bumpy hair with the hair gel if needed.

I typically finish the hairstyle with a very fine mist hairspray.  Make sure you protect the dolls face when you spray as some sprays can affect the face paint or finish.

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Here are some of the ladies hanging out while they dry after I sprayed them.

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Hope this helps explain it!  If there are any questions, feel free to contact me…otherwise, have fun styling those ladies.