Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Effie Trinket OOAK re-rooted

Some of you may remember a previous blog entry where I introduced a full facial re-paint I did for a friend and client of mine.  Well, he decided to send her my way for her re-root, because he wasn't sure he could give her what she needed. I accepted the challenge of re-rooting her in the saran hair of his choice, and then undertook the scary task of curling it. 

I didn't want to hurt the face paint while boiling her curls and setting her part. A lot of care was taken, and I am so pleased that I challenged myself. Thank you to everyone who offered me helpful tips on curling saran hair, as it is very stubborn.

First, I will show you her re-root progress...

 Above you see what most of my re-roots look like pre-part. I hand knot each plug and root it into the head. I have recently discovered a nifty glue to reinforce knots on stubborn hair (such as nylon) so that is won't slip out. It is called Fray Check. You can find a listing for it here.
However, I didn't use it on this re-root because saran hair, as long as you don't make large plug/knots, tends to stay in the head easily. 
 Here is her freshly thatched and set part.

 Here is the dreadfully uneven back. 
Please note that I did not keep this length to achieve her final curls. 

 I rolled her part first to ensure she had a part when I took the "rollers" down. 
I used rolled up foil and pins to hold her hair in place. 

 All rolled and ready to boil! I thought she looked cute with her hair up in "rollers". (^_^)
 This is just a back shot. 
I will state the curling a doll's hair is not my favorite. 
It is extremely tedious! Each pin represents a curl. 
 O.o
 This is the after!  
She will have a hat placed on her part once she gets home to her owner. 
Just like Effie.

And a back shot. 


A couple things I would like to mention..

After her initial boil, I let her dry and sit in her "rollers" for 2 full days! Then, the night before I was to take down her hair I put her still rolled hair/head into a heating pad for an hour. 
 While I rolled each piece of hair, I trimmed it WAY shorter and evened the hair out as I went.

So, this is my second doll perm using foil. What does everyone think of the finished product? 
Here is a link to the first foil perm I did.

Hope today is greeting each of you pleasantly!

-Cat of A Doll Affinity

27 comments:

  1. I think it looks fantastic!!!! I love it! The pink curly short hair is just such a lovely style and color!

    ... plus... pins... foil... why didn't I think of these things... GAH.

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    1. Thanks! (^_^) I wasn't sure that it would work. Trial and error.. lol

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  2. Ah! It looks like everything worked out great for you! :)

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  3. That is cool! And what a nice shade of pink!

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    1. The owner picked the pink. It is a nice pink. lol Thank you!!

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  4. She looks like she has cotton candy on her head, really really beautiful!!!

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    1. It does look like cotton candy! lol Thank you!! :)

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  5. She is so cute. I can imagine her now dressed and with her little hat. How cute!!! You did a great job on her reroot and her curls. She looks great!!

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    1. Thanks April! I actually saw the dress he made and it is amazing!!! I can't wait to send all of his completed commissions home so I can see them all put together. :)

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  6. Awesome perm! Love the pink hair!

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  7. Wow, that's awesome!!! I never thought to use foil! I'm all over it!

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    1. Thanks! I still cannot believe it worked! lol

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  8. Hello from Spain: the doll you made is awesome. The pink hair seems very sweet. We remain in contact blog to blog.

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  9. Fantastic! Love the pink hair! I have to try the foil as well. Saves on my fingers lol. Great job Cat. Let me know when your ready :)

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    1. Thank you! :) How do you normally curl yours?

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  10. I think the pink curls make her stand out even more. Did you have any problems with fizz when you took the foil out?

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    1. If by "fizz" you mean permanent damage or frying of the Saran..not as far as I can tell. The foil can sometimes catch on the end of the curls if you aren't careful frizzing it a bit.

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  11. She looks great!! I love the pink hair with her makeup. She is looking great.

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    1. Thank you! :) I am excited to see her all done up in the outfit he made her.

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  12. The pictures with the foil and pins are priceless. Seems like that could be a hairstyle all by itself. I love how it turned out. Who would have thought foil could produce great results. I may have to try that on Leslie's hard to manage hair.

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    1. I thought the same thing! lol I think she looks cute with the foil and pins. Weird, but cute. I can't wait to see how it works on Leslie's hair! :)

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  13. El resultado de la peluqueria es fantástico.
    Un abrazo
    maite

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    1. Oh, thank you VERY VERY much!! (^_^)

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  14. Wow Cat you did a fantastic job. I've only permed once and it turned out great. I used straws, but next time I'm going to use perm papers to keep the hair from slipping. The foil idea is really cool too, I'll have to try that. I'm going to try to do re-rooting and painting sometime soon. I bought a CD to learn how to face paint so I'm going to practice doing that first. I can't wait to get it. I love how many wonderful things we can do for our Barbies. Dressing, making jewelry, set design, photography, hair, face painting and loving them to death! I probably left some things out; there's just so much to name! Anyway, I love everything you've done; I can't wait to see the finished Effie!

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