Becky gets a make-UNDER

When I’ve tried to remove barbie makeup in the past, I thought nail polish remover was the right thing to use. Other barbie customizers said to use acetone, so I used acetone nail polish remover. I was using the wrong thing. Recently, I bought some high-grade acetone from Walmart because I was working with epoxies and oil…

CUSTOM: Rosie O’Donnell Update and Michelle Rounds

Leah’s barbieland is all about reflecting the diversity of the real world. I’ve wanted to include LGBT characters for a long time now but was having trouble deciding how to go about choosing a doll or dolls to send the clear message about L, G, B or T. Would I start with two gay guys? That would have…

CUSTOM: Give your Doll Natty Locs in 20 minutes

I have posted several times before about giving a doll Locs or Dreadlocks – or whatever your preferred term might be. Corset Kitten’s Loc’ing technique has a great organic look and feel but but might be too intensive for some, and may not hold up in the hands of a five-year-old. Ms. Loanne Hizo Ostlie’s…

CUSTOM: The making of Michelle Obama

So I bought the Obama True-Type Action figure. And since I spent way too much money on him, I felt it was important for us to work him into our play scenarios. To do that, I felt I needed a Michelle Obama. So I set out to create one. I started with  Barbie Basics 1.0,…

CUSTOM: Larger bodied Grace

Want to add more body-type diversity to your barbieworld? I recently re-bodied a Grace head onto a Hot Toys True Type 12 Cuban Female body. These dolls are pretty pricey on eBay.  But for me, the option of having a fully-articulated, larger-bodied Grace was worth the money. I began with a cheap Grace – $7…

CUSTOM: At long last…LOCS

FYI – it is not currently in vogue to call so-called dreadlocks by that term anymore. They are now referred to as “Locks.” The “why” should be obvious. I am not the originator of the change in terms, but being a believer in the Whorf Hypothesis, I do abide. Several months ago I posted about an OOAK…

CUSTOM: Rotini or Halo Hair

This doll does not have an “Afro.” People who were part of the Black Pride movement of the 1960’s  also took pride in wearing their hair natural instead of using straightening combs or chemical relaxers. Their pride in African culture was an Afro-centric view. The way they wore their hair was soon dubbed an “Afro.” Fifty years later people often shorten…

CUSTOM: How we re-body dolls

I have read various “how to rebody” tutorials online and their re-body-ing efforts are explained in various ways. Those ways are not wrong, but over time I have created my own method using tips from various other tutorials, as well as the experiences I’ve had. If you don’t understand WHY we re-body dolls, check out this post….

CUSTOM: Why we re-body dolls

The post is about WHY we rebody dolls, if you are looking for a post about HOW we rebody dolls, we have that information in a different post. I remember, in 1978, being frustrated by barbie arms that did not bend to my will.  Legs that made the clicking sound and bent only about 15 degrees….