Vinyl Doll Making

Vinyl doll making is a popular hobby, with many adult enthusiasts spending hours making custom vinyl dolls. Vinyl caught on as a popular material for doll making back in the 1950s. Some of the main reasons for its popularity was that the dolls were stronger, did not chip as easily as composition dolls and made the use of rooted hair possible. Vinyl doll making can be a complex process if you do not have any background knowledge about doll making or using vinyl. To be successful at vinyl doll making you will first need to read up about vinyl and the different types it is available in.

Use soft Vinyl for your Doll

Hard vinyl is difficult to work with, and was used mostly in the early days of vinyl dolls. Soft vinyl soon caught on as the popular vinyl version for dolls. This made the dolls softer and more flexible, making it ideal for children to play with. For the purpose of vinyl doll making latex vinyl is your best option. Now you will need to collect all the materials required to make your vinyl doll. This includes a gallon of casting and mask latex, CEMENTEX Latex L-200 is a good option, molds for the doll's head, hand and feet, a cloth body, some large rubber bands, a plastic spoon, towels, latex-based paints and brushes and some other optional items such as eyelashes, baby powder and decorative items or accessories.

Start by wiping the molds clean with a towel, and then fit them together, using the rubber bands to hold them in place. Now that the molds are in place, pour some latex into the molds till the right level and then wait till all the air bubbles subside. Pour more latex into the molds in case the level drops after the air bubbles clear. Leave the latex in the molds for about 30 minutes. Now in order to create the hollow cast, you need to pour out the inside latex into a bucket. Do this without opening the molds, so that a layer of latex covers all sides of the mold. In case you want solid parts, you will need to leave the latex in for several days if not weeks for it to properly harden.

After you have cleared the excess latex, leave the mold for 48 hours for the outer cover to harden. Now open the molds carefully and remove the outer mask. This should come off easily, but in case it sticks to the sides of the mold, use some dust powder to facilitate the process. Now hang out the parts to dry, following which trim any excess latex. Once your latex cover is ready, stuff it with fibrefill and then assemble all the parts of the doll, using standard doll making instructions. Finish up your doll by painting the doll's body using latex paints, and decorate the doll using accessories such as clothing, or bags or even earrings. Make sure you work in a ventilated area while indulging in vinyl doll making.

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