@deedee2413 Thank you!!! Her head is back on now! I had to pry some glue off the tie of the old string that was on the neck piece. I easily put the ring on her neck properly and it’s so much better with a zip tie. I bought a bundle of them with another kit. I can turn her head if I wish, but I’m mostly just glad the poor kid has her head back on.
@catherineweebab how do you use water color pencils and pastels on vinyl? I do this on resin but for resin dolls I use a different sealer that’s imported called Mr. Super Clear. It’s harsh stuff and I have to use a respirator for it. I also believe it turns yellow with time. That’s fine for my resin dolls because I usually strip them every few years and ‘re-paint’ them (I actually just use wc pencils and pastels very little paint). With the canned spray-on sealant, it doesn’t make the colors from the pencils or pastels run. I really do not want to use Mr. Super Clear on vinyl… it somehow just seems to be a bad idea. I think it’s better for abs plastic model car kits and resin. However, if I’m to air brush on liquitex matte sealer, then it’s very well could cause those mediums to run. Or is there no sealer applied between layers?
Seems to me acrylic is ideal for me to use on Tibby because her look is very, very dolly where most of the color is on her lips and nails. I’ll probably give her a bit of dry brushing on her cheeks and eyelids, elbows and knees. I don’t plan to be as fancy as most with realistic mottling or veins. A traditional ‘dolly’ look suits me fine and Tibby is cute no matter how she is styled. Mine is in pretty rough shape and she’s still adorable. I keep wanting to hug her all the time!
When it comes to varnish, I’ve seen Americana Decor Soft Touch Varnish recommended. One of my resin doll friends also recommends liquitex matte varnish undiluted to do the final layer of sealant. Does anyone have anything to offer on the pros and cons of each product? Is it thin enough to be applied with airbush or should this be applied with a cosmetic wedge sponge?
What I’m thinking once the vinyl is all stripped and ready to go is to airbrush on liquitex matte sealer that’s diluted. Apply acrylic… still confused how to use water color pencils and pastels but I’m very familiar using these on resin dolls… the final sealant being a varnish but I’m undecided on which one. Once I know exactly what varnish to use and how/if it’s okay to use matte sealer in layers I believe I will be ready to work on the vinyl.
@jeanhai @AlyKat and @ludmila Thank you for the information about the glass beads. It just dawned on me that I have no idea what is inside her limbs and bottom. The legs are much to heavy for my liking anyhow. In case she does have glass beads inside, I will not need to order so much. The only way to know for sure is to find out! I believe I am going to take the limbs off and empty them later today. It only means I’m going to ‘waste’ a few zip ties since I’m not going to take her completely apart until I know exactly what supplies I need to paint and seal the vinyl and order new eyes and the armatures for Tibby and Ladybug.
I’m going out today to pick up a pink acrylic for her lips and nails. I have plenty of other colors. I’ll get the sealer and varnish later once I know better how to use them. I will also get some poly fill to replace the volume I will be removing when I take her limbs off later today. I will try to take some photos to show everyone exactly what I am talking about.
Thanks everyone for your help!!!