I have been using the same dolls from the same supplier for quite a while now. It can be quite hard to find the right size (at the right price). The dolls are all white and blonde and I’ve just not seen any others.
A couple of weeks ago I had a custom order from my Etsy shop for one of my bridal toilet roll dolls, but a brunette. Well, I searched and searched and managed to find one but the price was ridiculous!
So, I had a sudden flash of inspiration – could I dye the doll’s hair? I tentatively started to Google, thinking I wouldn’t find anything, and low and behold found quite a few links to how to do it. Mainly on how to create a goth doll, but I didn’t let that put me off 🙂
Anyway, a couple of links were suggesting acrylic paint for vinyl dolls and I used to do quite a bit of painting so dug out my acrylics. I chose a raw umber for the dye and gave it a go. The first attempt was a bit wishy-washy, but I tried it again with a bigger blob of paint and less water and it seemed to work quite well. What do you think?
The biggest tips I can think of for doing this is:
- Pop the doll’s head on something like a pencil if you can – it makes it much easier to handle
- Pop some vaseline on the dolls face so you don’t dye her face too
- Use a brush or something similar to do the roots
- Comb the paint through before it dries, otherwise it clumps and is a pain in the bum to sort out.
I’m really pleased with the results and it wasn’t even difficult to do – every day’s a school day!