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Lessons learned

Sep 10, 2019

    1. Give things ago. Try make a wig, eyes or clothes, they might not turn out as well as bought ones but you learnt something new. And you might like making them.
       
    2. That I will never again attempt a faceup. I had a very bad reaction to MSC and had to go to the hospital in an ambulance the day after. Long story short, I’m okay now, but I will never try that again (and my faceup sort of sucked too).
       
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    3. More things. I've learned a lot in this hobby. :D
      • Iron BJD and similar contests are a lot of fun, but expect to spend a lot of time making the thrown-together garment into something workable afterward.

      • I like body blushing. The more extensive the better, so long as the color doesn't hit the unfortunate realm of sunburn.

      • If the 'usual' aesthetic for your company/sculpt/hobby group doesn't suit, hare off after what you want. It'll be worth it in the long run.

      • If you can sew it at doll scale, you can sew it at human scale, and vice versa. My FID guy has become a trial arena for testing techniques I want to learn.
       
    4. Wow, I'm sorry to hear that happened to you! I'm glad you're okay now though:3nodding:

      As for things I've learned:
      • Airbrushing is a fickle technique that takes a lot of troubleshooting and patience to work with. It's especially not something to play around with when you're impatient/short-fused.
      • There are other sealants out there that are just as good (if not better) to use than MSC. And they can be used along with MSC as well. To a degree anyways.
      • Acrylic paint is temperamental. And a pain to work with. One little mistake (a line too long/thick, out of place, a misplaced splotch created with the slip of a hand, etc.), and you have to start from scratch. Watercolor paint from a tube is easier to work with, and easy to clean up after if mistakes are made.
      • brand of watercolor pencils being used is key. Some brands create spectacular results, while others are just plain hard to work with (here's looking at you, prismacolor).
      • Pattern making for sewing is confusing. I think I need to take sewing lessons to better figure this one out.
      • Have some kind of plan when doing a faceup. Trying to create one from a feeling or vague mental image will only result in a wiped faceup.
      • Wigmaking is fun, but also daunting. Yarn is a great material to start off with, as it's cheap and easy to acquire. Latex is a great material to use when making the cap, and hot glue (cold setting) can be used for quick and easy wigs.
      I'm sure there's more, but this is a good start:kitty2
       
    5. Yep! you can buy it from the Volks Website! It dries faster, it doesn't leave a lingering smell for hours, and I've never had any strange reactions with it on resin!

      What I meant was that acrylic paints are unforgiving because they dry permanent and cant be removed with water. When I first started the hobby, I was told to buy acrylic paint. I would use it to make the black liner on the upper lid. Often, my hand would twitch JUST THE SLIGHTEST (just like how it happens to me in real life when I do makeup lol) and suddenly my doll looked like a dude from the band KISS. I would try to wipe it, but it would just smear and dry even faster. I'd try to remove it with water or an eraser, but nothing would remove it. I would end up needing to remove it with alcohol, which would ruin the sealant underneath my mistake. Even if I resealed the face, the one spot I made the mistake at would look a different color than the rest of my faceup, and I'd end up having to start over. I later found out that I could use guache instead and that it could be removed with water. That was SOOOOOO much easier when I'd make a mistake!