Tuesday, November 26, 2013

How To Make a Basic Zombie Doll

To make a zombie doll there are a couple of things you need to do. This how-to will be only for making a basic zombie doll. I will do one on making a hard one later (With sculpting and such)
First here are the supplies I use
  • Doll
  • modeling paste
  • Pastels
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Makeup of some sort ( I use Halloween)
  • Reference pic

Your zombie reference is very important right now. There are so many different ways that you can do this, so having a reference will help with any shading (just like painting horses, right?) and general ideas of what you want.

I started with a stripped doll. You don't want to get your doll's clothes dirty.

Then I took out my heat gun and heated the face up. The face looked very 'normal' so I wanted to make the eyes look shadowed and deep in the doll's face.

Once it was heated up I stuck the end of a paintbrush where the doll's eye socket would be and twirled it around until I had the eyes deep enough and wide enough.

Beautiful? Just like when customizing horses, the doll will go through an ugly phase before it gets better.

Then I grabbed my modeling paste,

And dabbed it onto the doll's face. I wanted the zombie to have uneven skin and some wounds.

I put a layer of Fawn Acrylic paint onto the doll's face and neck. Doing it in multiple light coats is best.

I broke out pastels,

 and gave a layer of light grey onto the doll's face, focusing along on the hollow eye sockets.

Next I used purple pastel and further placed pastel into the eyes, trying to go for a sick look and make the eyes look even more hallow. I also put some on the mouth area, and some red pastel where I wanted some wounds to be.

This part I used my halloween makeup for. It is thicker than paint, and wettish-but not runny. It's more of a paste. Anyways, I put that on the nose and into the eye socket.
I put some of the yellow halloween makeup and placed it here and there on the doll's face. I also put some black into the eye socket.

Blend. I blended the colors together until I got the contrast that I wanted. So here, you can take some liberty (not that you can't for the whole thing.)
Using some black halloween makeup, you want the face to look haggard, so I put it in the upper part of the head and along the side of the of the nose.

Blend it, and then add color to the lips. Keep playing with the colors until you are happy with how it is.
I did the same with some of the body.

Grabbed my blood gel.

And added it to the wounds on the face.

The eyes. You can make them completely white, or you can blue, or red. The sky's the only limit with this. I made mine white and then put the pupil and iris area in as a goldish color.

If you make a doll using this how-to, I'd love to see pictures of it. Send me pics of it at breyerhorselover11@gmail.com and I will do a post showing them off. :)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What Clay I Use For Customizing And Some Other Supplies

What Clay I use For Customizing and Some Other Supplies

(Plus a mini history on me customizing)

When I first started customizing, I researched alot about how to go about doing so. The JAH I bought at one of my first model horse shows showed how to customize models using an exacto knife. It did work, even though my results did not show it. I have become a slightly more patient person since I was young, but making thousands of tiny itty bitty sized lines on a model and not seeing results quickly, yeah that didn't work for my pre-teen self and barely for myself now.

Then when searching online, I found that one could use hot boiling water to move model legs. I did try it and thank goodness all I got was a burned finger. In reading, I have heard that models can explode from such things. Being most likely around 10-12 I did not think about such possibilities. Nope, nope, nope. If this website with an 1970 article about model horses could do it, so could I.

(No Pics Of Those Experiments. They're Quite Scary)

Hallelujah I moved from the boiling stage and gained a heat gun. It's an  embossing gun for scrapbooking that I bought at JoAnn's fabrics. THIS WAS SUCH A GREAT INVESTMENT! Now customizing models is not the safest of hobbies, but the heat gun is one of the safer type of techniques that one can learn. Granted I did stupid things with it and still now do stupid things, but this is what I use!

There are two ways to go about doing it. Only one is a good idea. First is the heat, cut, and move technique. You do not make gaping gorges into your model, but instead do it in the least amount of cuts. You heat up the model slightly and make cuts into it, and then move the body parts.
The other technique really does not work at all. You heat up said model until there are bubbles sprouting on the spot that you held the heat gun too long. You get your exacto knife to cut a slice out of your model, but instead it won't cut. The model's plastic has melted that much. Instead of picking up on the plastic being melted, you crack out the heat gun, and like some demented Greek god, you hold the heat gun close to the model until smoke begins to filter through the air.
"I Shall Burn Thee"--Source

You realize that if you don't stop, your house will be on fire, and that will not make your parents happy. Not one bit. So that model horse is axed for the day.
When I first started customizing, I heard that people used a type of clay called apoxie. Then the mighty putty commercials started coming on TV. I thought that that  stuff was perfect. So one day at some local store, I saw packets upon packets of it for five dollars. I thought I had hit the motherload. Five Dollars? Better than paying 30!
The moral of the story is: if it sounds or seems too good to be true, it probably is. When using mighty putty, you only have a time slot of five minutes to work with it before it hardens. Five minutes isn't long enough to do details, make muscles, or really do any sculpting. Still, I used that for a year or two (could have been more).
Poor thing never was finished, and I can't say that it ever will.....
The next clay I moved to was Gapoxie sold by RioRondo. Now, this stuff was a huge improvement from Mighty Putty, but it still was missing something. It left a nasty residue on your fingers and it wasn't soft, or as soft as I wanted my clay to be. I used that stuff until it was completely gone.
There was a middle period where I used Crayola's Natural Colored Clay. I will have to find one of those horses, but if I do, the model is probably crumbled. The thing about Crayola clay is that it breaks down very quickly(less than a year) and the beautiful model you had made no longer is a model anymore.
Then Aves Apoxie was introduced to me. My friend showed it to me, and I haven't looked back since. I love it. It is soft, sand able and well, it stays soft for hours during customization. People also use Magic Sculpt, but I'm so happy with Apoxie that I don't feel a need to try Magic Sculpt, but never say never!

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Deer

This is what I made today. It needs a background, but yes, it is another deer. :)

Sunday, November 10, 2013


Remember the Saddleseat Saddle prototype?

Here's the new version. I'm pretty happy with it. 

And I made a bridle too! (I didn't try to fit it on the horse) It isn't perfect, but it's a much better and improved version. It just needs a real girth and not the one that came with an old Breyer Saddle. :)

Saturday, November 9, 2013


Since my last post my computer problem has been fixed: New lovely computer
Also I have a new camera! It was an 18th Birthday gift from my awesome Mom. 
I haven't had any opportunities to take pictures of horses, but we went on a week getaway to the Pocono Mts. in PA, so here are some deer pictures (they're four legged-ly similar to horses, right?). 
I haven't done anything model horse related. My aunt recently passed away and during the time I helped take care of her, so mentally and physically that was draining, which left zero brain cells for model horse things. On top of that there was a lot  of ugly family drama, hence the reasoning behind the Pocono Mt. runaway getaway.  So I'm hoping to get back into the relaxing world of model horses again soon.