maribabies wrote:Hi ladies! I’m so happy to find this site. Wanting to avoid as many mistakes as possible, researching all over the Internet and spending a small fortune, think I’m finally ready to start my first reborn using the LDC paints and Debbie’s wonderful tutorial on dolldreams.com. Before I start, want to make sure I have it right, so hope you can help me. Before any painting:
1. To prevent shine etc., first use Ceramcoat All-Purpose Sealer and should I use a brush for that, then pounce, or?
2. Next, when doing all painting, always mix in base matte and paint retarder into paint mixture?
3. Next, start with the green wash? I have doll kits, but also have 2 Berenguer SE dolls I’d like to do, but they’re pretty orange, so do I use a blue wash for them?
4. Use a “light touch” with these paints? I’ve read that they get darker/more intense color after about a week. Is that true?
5. After all painting is done, I know LDC paints don’t require a sealer afterward, but someone suggested it and I bought the Delta Ceramcoat Satin Varnish; would this be good or a mistake? If it’s a good thing to do, what’s the best way to apply it? Without any final sealer, do the LDC paints really last on the doll?
6. About neck rings, if I don’t use one, and the doll is stuffed and attached to the body correctly, will the head be ok with just a little natural “flop” to it or be like it has a broken neck? (I know the Berenguer SE doll needs an actual neck piece adapter, but does anyone know where to find them?)
7. About eye insertion, should they always go in from the back? If inserted through the front, will they have a “bulging eye” look?
I’m so sorry this is so long and just really need the answers; hopefully other beginners can benefit from this info too!
Thank you so much!
maribabies wrote:Debbie, thank you SO much for all your help!
1. I didn't plan on putting any vinyl in the oven, as I don't trust the fumes and don't really have the right place for another oven, so am pretty set on doing strictly air-dry. So, should I use the Ceramcoat All-Purpose Sealer first to help prevent shine? If so, brush and/or pounce it on?
(I do see why the GMV method to prevent shine would work well though.)
2. Thought I was buying all the right necessities and just bought the retarder and base matte, so I will keep the Liquitex in mind. So, I understand the reasons for the retarder and base matte- should this work well with the Ceramcoat Sealer applied first?
3. Ok, so the new kits I have probably don't need the green wash, but those two Berenguer SE dolls maybe do- or maybe I'll sell them and stick with the kits for now, since they are so much more "reborner-friendly"
4. Got it on the "light touch" description...thanks for such a thorough, excellent explanation!
5. Ok, no final sealer needed with LDC if done correctly.
6. If put together right and the head will turn easily without a neck ring, don't need it then. Yes, I thought the plugs for head and limbs would be in plumbing supplies, but have searched the Internet and hardware stores with a picture and they are nowhere to be found...was trying to save a little on shipping etc. Are they ONLY sold as limb/head plugs for reborning?? If not, any idea where to find them and what they're called? Someone said they use a round piece of felt or round flat wooden piece glued on, but it needs to be secure with glass beads etc., so would it be?
7. Think I'll stick with the back eye insertion, thanks.
Sorry I've had so many questions, think I have plenty of info and supplies to start my first reborn now. Debbie, you've helped me more than you know, thanks so much!! And so great that the same person who did the tutorial I'll be following has shared her professional knowledge with me and I'm sure many other appreciative newbies.
jessica jasmine wrote:The plugs and neck rings are not necessary. Some people use cardboard from the cereal boxes to seal limbs, others use doe suede, others use other fabrics, etc. I suppose almost anything can be used. I only bought a bunch of rings and plugs because other people said they use them and I thought it was probably standard, but now I wish I'd saved the money on them. I've noticed the artists I most admire say they don't use them (for various reasons). I will use them just because I have them, but once I run out I'll turn to using fabric.
Great tutorial on using LDC. So, Debbie, you said the Ultra Matte Gel can be used instead of the retarder... that's awesome; I was trying to mix my LDC with Flow Medium, Retarder, and Matte Gel.
Nellerina wrote:My experience with LDC is really limited so I'm not one to yet give advice to others, except NO, NO, NO on the Delta Ceramcoat Satin Varnish!!!!!!! Ruined my doll that I was otherwise happy with and had put many, many hours into. She turned out pretty shiny with the satin varnish (at least to my eyes). I suppose it is possible that I put it on too thick or something, I don't know, but it did not work for me. BOL, and have fun.
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