Monday, April 11, 2016

The Idea Grew On Me.

I embarked on rooting my first beard/mustache. 
You'd think I would have become brave enough to attempt this sooner. 
Wrong. ;)

Miranda, of OneSixthAvenue, needed a dad for Luke. 
She had some great ideas on how she wanted him to look. 
Together, we made one hot dad. 
You can see more of his final look on Miranda's Flickr.

A little more about this project...

 The base doll was a Hunger Games Finnick Ken.

Yes, I used the same before picture on a previous project.

I started with a reroot. 

His hair is a mix of hand blended silver and light brown saran. 

The beard was added last and went through 2-3 rounds of boil washing. 
Letting the hair dry, while held down, was key in keeping the beard/mustache from sticking out all over the place.

Rooting in a beard gets very tricky when you hit the goatee/chin area.
 The thickness in the vinyl makes for a dangerous situation.  
So if/when you attempt to root in a beard, keep that in mind. 
You need a long thin needle, pliers, and patience. 
It should not have to come to blood, sweat, swearing, and beards. 
Lesson learned.

 A quick picture of his part and beard up-close. 

He looks like a guy who wants to experience the open road,
on his motorcycle, all day. 

This is a comparison shot I took to see if I had pulled off the first stage of a father/son look. 
The brown eyes on Luke's dad are photoshopped in this picture. 
However, Miranda has since made him look older and given him dark eyes. 
It looks awesome! I'm sure she will post more pictures in the future. :)

Of course, he was introduced to some of the local trouble makers. 

He didn't seem to mind...

This might be a good time to announce Episode 7!  

 If you haven't seen Episode 6, 
you still have a week to check it out before Episode 7 arrives.

Thank you for stopping in and having a look around. 
I'm excited to keep each of you updated!

Sending love to all of you...
⭐️♥⭐️Cat and her dolly horde!⭐️♥⭐️


  1. Wow, he turned out amazing! I checked him out on Miranda's Flickr too. Great job! I do not think I would be able to do the beard!

    1. Thank you, Phyllis! :) The beard was a little trickier than I originally anticipated. I think the face mold would have a lot to do with the level of difficulty.

  2. He looks great! I saw the pics on Miranda's Flickr and I thought it must be Luke's dad!

    1. Thank you! :) I'm looking forward to seeing Miranda's full story line for his character.

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    1. He definitely has the vibe like he was there. ;)

  4. That is so cool! Congratulations on the beard and moustache rooting. He does look younger than Luke though, so I'll check out how Miranda aged him.

    1. Thank you! :) In this incarnation he does look younger than Luke. I assure you, Miranda has successfully remedied that. ;) I can't wait to see more pics of his new face in her photos.

  5. This is so cool! Kind of reminds me of Jax Teller from SOA! Now I want to try!

    1. Thank you! :) He does have a Jax vibe! I hope you do give it a go. Let me know how it turns out.

  6. Wow, great job on that reroot, doll! This look on Luke's dad is just perfect, knowing Luke of course! I didn't see him in the wedding, though... right? Gotta go check over at Miranda's =D

    1. Thank you, Sasha! :) He wasn't at the wedding. He is an estranged father.

      I'm stoked to see how Miranda works him into new stories.

  7. That must have been scary because there was such a high chance of it going wrong at every step and the head would have been ruined! But you did a very neat job in the end. I had to look for a while before I found the one thing that is still off, maybe you could make the beard wavy or rougher? Even men with silky smooth hair on the head have beards that look like dry corn silk ;)

    1. Yep! I was very worried about it all going wrong. The beard was a commission, so I did the beard as requested. BUT we were going off of a cool custom beard we had seen on a Ken and his was smooth as well. If I do a beard in the future, I will make it wavy/coarse because that is an excellent idea! :)