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Tut: Monster High Body Prep by MichaelisK Tut: Monster High Body Prep by MichaelisK
This is a tutorial I drew up to help someone who had some questions for me regarding making custom Monster High dolls. Sorry for the fairly poor-quality photos. I don't have a proper digital camera right now and they were snapped on my cell phone, but big details aren't needed for this.

If you're a kid, please obtain permission from your parents before you start customizing a doll. I won't be held responsible if anyone gets in trouble with their folks.

Also, I'm completely freaking serious about the acetone. Don't play with that stuff. Wear gloves.

IMPORTANT ADDITION: *KPenDragon's passed on the information to me that predictably so the acetone is not only damaging to the BODIES of the dolls but it will eat through it the plastic. So unless you want a holey doll for your custom, if you need to remove body markings, like on a Frankie doll, sand it down and don't use a chemical to remove it.

Upcoming tutorials, featuring PROPER photos (yay camera shopping) will cover rehairing a doll, full body painting, body dying, and resculpting. Thanks for looking! I hope I've helped.

The needle-nosed pliers I use are specifically round tipped jewelry pliers made by Beadalon. They're a bit pricier than other brands but the quality shows.
- Beadalon - I use these, specifically, part Part# 201E-003. I bought mine at A.C. Moore where they were selling for $12.

* Monster High Body Preparation (you are here)
* Monster High dolls: wigs

* Novi Stars Body Preparation
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LoverOfHTF Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sounds fun to do. Making custom dolls I mean! :)
TwistedStitchWitch Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Can you use anything else for a removal other than nail polish or acetone?
AhhTheHorror Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2014  Student General Artist
what do if you end up taring the plug holes?
MichaelisK Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2014
You can either work with it, depending on your design, or I use Lucite Vinyl Repair to fix it.
WDisneyRP-Duffy Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
Idk if it helps, but acetone can dissolve the glue in the hair...very slowly, but it does work eventually. 
holiday567animaljam Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Yes you will have to paint over like tracing it
TwilitRoses Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
I'm scared to do it for fear my dad and I will mess up and something will go working (like torn plug holes or a damaged body...) Is there a way without removing the skin paint, to customize/change a MH doll' s eyes and lips
Valforwing Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
i was thinking of makeing a custom useing the cam parts of Raiden from mgs
but was wondering if female arms and legs can be used on a male torso.....that way i don't make the mistake of trying to turn a female torso into a badly done male where as i can just get a single male torso and use my existing female legs and things.
migzie Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
WOW!!! not that i have TIME to do this... but i always wanted to know!!!!!

(i own a couple bakeries... so i work with stuff completely different....)
DrFrakinDesign Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Interface Designer
i did that!!!!, my avatar was the end product, just sold it on ebay for $250
Hatoyahoshi Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
the thing in its head looks like a sword
GoldieKatt Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i've recently bought a frankie stein doll an i've gotten rid off most of the hair, there was no wad of glue in the dolls head (not sure why probably a new production thing idk) but i'm having trouble getting rid of the left over hair, i've tried using diffrent types of pliars (my mom makes jewlery) but nothing seems to work at getting it out, anything else i could try?
Celestial-Winters Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2012
I'm sure it will look good, but right now it looks scary XD
tiffanyd02 Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm not sure if anyone has tried this, but Windsor and Newton Brush Cleaner (a very popular acetone substitute for BJD customizers) seems like it could do the job with less needed than acetone (I used acetone on the CAM cat to take the markings off her legs and it partially melted one including leaving a bunch of gunk on there. I later used some of the W & N out of curiosity and it took everything left behind off). You would still need ventilation AND gloves, but it is much safer to use than acetone.
MichaelisK Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012
I'll try that out sometime! Thank you so much for the advice.
tiffanyd02 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
np, let me know how it works out :)
Jenn1977 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2012
Very informative and helpful, also very noce of you to take the time to do this and post it for the rest of us.:thanks:
thelolidagger Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
cool and very helpful! i wasnt repainting but i was tryng to redo the body on my ghoulia and putting her in hot water helped. i was trying to get the pose she had in the show. im worried though, is itsupposed to be more fleksible in hot water or is that just the head?
KatieTheEpic Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
Quick quetion, can you use sandpaper to take the paint off the face? cause i want to make a custom soon....
Tsumugi-Chan Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh god i'm so scared to take the head off xD
ayame229 Featured By Owner May 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
can i do the same thing getting the paint off with a liv world doll?
RomaKH Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Student General Artist
I'm working on my third doll to de-hair it and it's so weird! My first doll, Frankie Stein for the dead tired series, didn't have glue when I pulled her hair out. Then I did my second doll and there was glue EVERYWHERE. It was a nightmare. And it was the Lagoona Blue classroom set and...just, wow. It it because I used the cheaper dolls that they don't have glue, of what? So confused...
MichaelisK Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012
I've actually only used the cheaper dolls and there was a boatload of glue, so that's interesting.
RomaKH Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Yes, quiet strange...I've actually gotten another dead tired doll, and I did not have a glue problem with her either...maybe it's just that doll series?
LadyJohns0n Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012
nope... didn't work
miwakuzombie Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Professional Artist
sounds helpful! will save for later lol
Zealothia Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Hey there! I'm using the same draculaura you used on this tutorial, and her lips paint are SOOOO hard to take off! D: I'm afraid to rub more and spiol her face..... what sould I do?
OuiMonsieur Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Professional Photographer
Nice tut! Really helpful!

Also, don't let your cats anywhere near the removed plugs. He will eat them, and you will be cleaning up strangely-colored hairballs for days.
Ninina-nini Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012
Thank you so much for writing these. I'm looking forward to all your future tutorials as well.
Dork-Dork Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
This is great, thanks for posting! I also look forward to the full body painting tutorial. :D
411KB Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Thank you soo much! But, couldn't you just sand it off? I though I saw some people saying they did, I don't know, I may be wrong though.
BatNeko Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, this looks helpful.
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totodog1999 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student General Artist
handy in case i wanna make a custom
Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012
I use a glue called Instant Vinyl to close gaping holes and seal the inside of the head.
ToRmEnTtHeFaLlEn Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this really helps thanks :)
whianem Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2012  Student Digital Artist
... creepy
Kohdok Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011
I tend to use Isopropyl alcohol rather than acetone. It takes longer to work, but doesn't seem to damage the plastic.
dollaholick Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Do you gloss the lips on MH repaints? I've tried gloss but it always seems to end up sticky???!!!
Great helpful info btw - thanks!
dollaholick Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Do you gloss the lips on MH repaints? I've tried gloss but it always seems to end up sticky?
Loving all this helpful info btw - thanks!
MichaelisK Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
You could. I use a paint on gloss when I do.
MrSpiderlegs Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Just a few questions, what do you mean by breathing mask? Would wrapping a scarf around your nose and mouth a few times work? What sort of gloves do you use? Do you use acrylic or oil paints to paint the head?
Sorry for the overload, I'm thinking of customizing a MH doll in the near future, so...
MichaelisK Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
They sell crafting breathing masks in the model section. NEVER oils, only acrylics or watercolours. And I use vinyl gloves, like the sort you use for heavy housework.
MrSpiderlegs Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
Ok, thank you!
awesomekupkeyk Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
is that draculaura?
Resnick Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
This may seem like a ridiculous question, but for Monster High Dolls with colored bodies (like Ghoulia or Lagoona) would the Acetone remove the blue or is that the color of the plastic?
MichaelisK Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
It's the colour of the plastic. You'd need to do a full body repaint if you want to change the skintone.
hellohappycrafts Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2011   Artisan Crafter
it's the color of the, but don't use acetone on the bodies, only the face, it will eat through the body!
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