Meg wrote:painting at night with bad lighting...I used to do this then in the morning look at my piece and think "Holy SH$T!!! What happened, it was beautiful last night!!" SO frustrating to have to redo it all.
HayleyMassey wrote:I'd have to say my biggest mistake was not about the painting, it was when I stabbed myself with my exacto knife trying to cut a cable tie years ago.
As far as painting, etc. I wouldn't mottle the face 'too much'. And yes, use multiple colors in areas needed..veining, blueish around the nose area, shading creases well.
I have also learned from tipping over enough heads, that it is easier to stand the head up on a wet cloth, on a baking sheet, and surround it with poly-fil to keep it up-right. If you have a small convection oven then obviously that doesn't apply.
And ALWAYS always check on the parts you are baking to make sure they are not melting. Oven temp is VERY important!
Brooke wrote:Yep, the untimed oven turned the beautiful sculpt into a runny, drippy pancake. Had to throw out the pan, towel, everything. And the smell. Thankfully it was summer and I opened every single door and window and tuned on all the fans. Still didn't go away for days.
In my own personal opinion the worst actual reborning mistakes are those made by painting with a too heavy hand resulting in dark, very defined eyebrows. Lips that look like lipstick. Too much mottling or mottling that looks like it has been put on with a pencil eraser dipped in paint, and fingernails that have a French manicure.
Traci wrote:Back when we used Berenguer dolls they came out with life-sized, anatomically correct, full vinyl dolls. We would take them apart to paint and bake them and then put them back together. It was much easier to do when one or both pieces were warm so some of us used to warm them in the microwave. I once melted part of an arm by leaving it in too long. At that point I realized that the microwave probably wasn't such a good idea.