Repaint! Irene Oxide Steampunk OOAK Monster High Doll

Repaint! Irene Oxide Steampunk OOAK Monster High Doll

Ann-yeong! (hello!) Welcome to Dollightful. It’s time for more steampunk! That’s right, Ty Tanium is getting a comrade today, but that’s not all. There’s loads of steampunk dollies coming your way because this is a collaboration! It’s gonna be great. There’s Anastasiya custom, Dolls brand-new Look, Hextian, Moonlight Jewel, Doll Mill and Doll Motions videos to look forward to after this. Yay! But more about that later. For now, let’s jump right in. I begin with a little concept art. For my first sketches, I drew up a younger steampunk schoolgirl looking character. There are things I like, like the gear hair bands, but overall this is pretty uninspired. Catgirl was kind of cute too, but looks more like a Vocaloid than a steampunk character. So she got scrapped. Inspiration finally struck when considering a mash-up; Korea and Joseon dynasty meet steampunk. I know, I draw a lot of inspiration from Korea and my last steampunk dude is Asian, but what can I say? Korea gets my creativity running. Plus this way, she’ll match Ty, so, it’ll all work out. I’ll be using Gigi Grant from Monster High. Now, obviously, I love to customize dolls, but I’m also a huge fan of the original Monster High ghouls. And I always consider Gigi a particularly neat doll. I believe the sculptors were aiming for a scorpion/carapace looking body, which will play nicely into my design. And of course, it’s well known that Gigi rocks the most killer nails at Monster High. First up, the hairs gotta go. I love this color and it’s pretty long. So, I’ll save it this time. Snip off all the plugs, close to the head with a sharp pair of scissors. Into the salvaged hair bag with you. We’ll be making a wig this time, so there’s no real need to take off the head. So, to remove the rest of the hair cut an incision through the back of the head to pluck out the remaining glue and hair. I’ve seen many other customizers doing this method recently. So I thought I’d give it a whirl. The neck peg inside gets in the way. So, I ended up just chopping it shorter for easy access. *laughing* All right, that was pretty easy and we got all the glue out. Next we got to take off her factory paint using pure acetone. Fishing out the paint from the lip crease can be kind of tricky, but just get in there with your fingernail. Wash the face with soap and water to dispel any remaining acetone. I find wigs lay flatter against the head when dolls don’t have ears, so as much as I love the pointy ears, they’ve gotta go. Airbrush time! When I was rummaging around looking for a good doll to use for this project, Gigi caught my eye, because of her scorpion skin that I mentioned earlier. She looks segmented and it occurred to me that if we paint her the right way, she could look reminiscent of a porcelain ball-jointed style doll. When I think steampunk, I think 1800’s, so dolls were definitely made of porcelain back then. All the materials I use are listed below in the description box as always, if you’re curious. I didn’t remove her head, but I did pop it up off the base so that I could cover that area. Here she is, before and after. I think she looks great in this color. Taking a liquid matte varnish,I give it a shake, mix it with water, and give the whole doll two coats of the stuff. This will make sure the paint doesn’t scratch off, although scratching and peeling is to be expected around the joints. It’s just unavoidable. Luckily, this doll is pink underneath. So some paint loss around the joints shouldn’t clash too badly with her new color. Next, we’re going to get out our pastels and do something called “blushing”. Basically, you add soft, subtle gradients of color to the doll. Adding it mostly around the joints is a good rule of thumb in my opinion. I’m using a sherbert orange color and light pinks. It makes the doll feel more wholesome and alive almost. I love blushing, because it’s really easy and fun, but always ends up looking good. When you’re satisfied with the amount of blushing, seal the doll with MSC. It should keep the pastel in check and turn the skin to a matte texture. I am very pleased with how the body looks. Like, I think it’s the best blushing I’ve done yet on a doll. She seems more porcelain-esque, and it’s a really lovely color on Gigi. Can you tell I’m proud of this? Face up time! I protect the body with some packing material, and get to work, Gigi’s facial mold doesn’t look Asian in the slightest, but I’m stubbornly giving her Korean eyes anyway. With a couple photos of Korean ladies on my laptop, which I’m referencing off screen, I start sketching in the shapes with a light brown, and filling in the lower waterline with a salmon pink color. Come in with more pastels to define color on the lips and eye shadows. Tentatively dust on a light brown to gauge the positioning of the eyebrows. I find it easier to correct shapes at the pastel stage. You can come in with a kneaded eraser to carve things around. Once it’s good enough, I sketch in fine hairs with a dark brown pencil. Next, I sketch in iris shapes, we’re going for a forward-facing look this time. And with black I darkened the winged eyeliner among other shapes, like the tips of the eyebrows. I’ve been flubbing it pretty bad on the eyelashes for the past few dolls… So I’m going to try really hard to make them thin and delicate this time by taking it slow. I think they’re better than last time. Are they better than last time? Help me Raquel Clemente! There was a little paint bump from the airbrushing on her forehead, so I made it into a birthmark. Fill in the eyes a bit more. This was as far as I could go with my initial two layers of sealant on the face, which is better than the usual if I’m honest. But let’s give her another spray and then continue. Taking watered-down acrylic paints, I brighten up the sclera and add highlights around the eye’s corners under the eyebrows and right on top of the Cupid’s bow. Now let’s get fancy with some metallic copper paint. Dabbing on each segment separately and then connecting them all with a thin line around the pupil we form a gear shape. Mine got a little blotchy in some areas, so I touched it up with black paint. Poppen Atelier does these rectangular eyes shines, and it looks great on her dolls, so, I wanted to try something new for myself, but I didn’t like it. Back to my tried-and-true plain, white dots… The gears are a little difficult to see, so using a very light orange, highlight the edges of them to set them apart from the black background of her iris. After a final spray of sealant, gloss up the eyes and lips with varnish. Ooh, it really brings out the metallic paint! Why is it so much fun to make things shiny? Next up is the hair. I’ve got some potential candidates here. I usually go straight for the bright unnatural colors, but this time I tell myself, “No, Catherine, you’ve got loads of beautiful brown hair. You need to make a normal color doll for once.” Steampunk is supposed to be about rusty browns, and bronze, and leather. That’s what I kept telling myself. Interestingly, her face it works well with a lot of different colors and shades. The fun part about making it a wig is that I could change up her hair in the future if I feel like giving her something else. So, I liked all of these, but decided to go with this. This is actually a Clawdeen Wolf doll’s hair, which I salvaged from making Iggy. It made a cute, shaggy, short hairdo. And, if you’d like full detail on how to sew a wig from loose hair, to finished product, I’ve got a whole other video you can check out later. I will say that because I was working with shorter hair, It was way more manageable, and I sewed everything together without using tape, which is awesome. It’s always ideal to produce less waste when you craft, you know? Speaking of which, let’s make her main accessory, the steampunk bunny mask. Let’s begin by sketching out the design life-size onto paper. A blueprint, if you will, to reference as we construct it. Depending on what materials I can scrounge up things might change a little, but hopefully it’ll be close. I want to make this out of aluminum cans, so that it will be both lightweight and look appropriate. However, I don’t have any cans in the house right now, and it’s not recycling day. Well, I live in a city, it shouldn’t be too hard to find one. I’ll be right back. (petting the pretty kitty) Great, I found a couple cans actually, and of course washed them all with soap and water. You just have to make sure you’re safe around the sharp edges when cutting cans. This looks perfect. I was hoping this beer can would be gold on the inside as well, so that I could get that half-and-half look on my mask… But, alas, it’s just silver in there. Oh, well. I straightened the can out into a more manageable sheet, then start cutting, using my blueprint for scale. I cut a rectangle about the size of her head, cut a slit into the middle, and overlap the two sides to form a convex curve. Then trim it into a guitar pick shape. To join pieces together, I punch a hole through the material and join them with miniature fasteners. I’ve since lost the original packaging, but I’m pretty sure these are “Tim Holtz idea-ology mini fasteners”, that I bought at either a Hobby Lobby or Michaels in America. They’ve really come in handy for doll projects like this, so, I hope they sell them where you live too. Fold down the edges of the mask with pliers to create a safer finished edge. Next up is the ears. I start with rectangles again, and fine tune the shape from there. Similarly to sewing, give yourself a seam allowance or you’ll turn the metal under to form the edge. To form the elbow joint at the base of the ear, I cut a short slit, fold and pinch the shape at the end and round the edges. Proceed to trim the ear shape and fold down the raw edges. I use the same technique to make the adjoining joint on the mask side, only it’s a shorter rectangle. Two cylinders will make the goggles, and these tiny pieces will hold the straps on later. Looks promising. Let’s join all the pieces together. My original design had one fastener holding on the earpiece, but two should be more stable. I think it ended up looking cooler than what I had planned on anyway. A small amount of epoxy glue should connect some of the smaller pieces. I use it to attach the temple pieces, and a ring at the top there. The ears need something stronger than fasteners. Let’s use screws and nuts. These were the tiniest ones I could find at my local hardware store. This was totally an accident, but look how this section that juts out stops the ear from overextending. That worked out nicely. It’s looking great! I like the way it looks at this stage too, because it resembles, like, medieval armor. For the glass inside the goggles, I want to use this iridescent fairy film. It’s the same stuff I used in Glaceon’s outfit and for Iggy’s wings. I’m thinking this color will work nicely with the rest of the outfit’s coloring. It shouldn’t take much. I iron a couple sheets together, using baking paper as a shield between the iron. It’s still semi-transparent, so to ensure it looks green inside I paint the eyes for good measure. Connecting the film to the metal cylinders was tricky. I cut the film down until the circles fit perfectly inside the cylinders. I cut temporary foam pieces as well, to hold them in place a couple millimeters behind the front of the goggle. So it’ll have that beveled edge, you know? Not be flush against the end. I’ve heard about the power in a tube that is super glue, but I’ve never actually used super glue before. I thought I’d try it out here. I quickly learned, this isn’t the right situation to use such a runny substance. You know that cliché about, “Don’t superglue your fingers!” Well, I immediately got glue on my fingers, and it felt really weird! Well, this is a part of me now. Within seconds, it spread to other fingers, even though I wasn’t touching anything! The weird part was, after it dried, I didn’t have a sensation of touch in those fingers. I had to call in back up, and clean the desk before proceeding again. Going for a similar approach, but with hot glue instead. It looks pretty icky, but this will be concealed on the inside, and it seems sturdy which is the important part, A little more epoxy glue should keep these babies in place on the mask. I made some metal loops out of paper clips and attached a chain to the top. This will lay across the head and help it stay in place later. I love it in silver, but it needs to be copper to match the doll. Three coats did the trick. Take a watered-down black, and let it seep into the crevices for an aged metal look. Scratch off the finish you just applied to make it look more weathered. Remove paint along areas that might feasibly get bumped, or hit frequently for a more realistic effect, like along the edges and the protruding areas. Awesome! We just made this today, but it looks at least 20 years old. Mission accomplished? Time for clothes! I have a rough pattern of the hanbok I used a long time ago for Nari. So I have something to use as a base, but it needs some help. I wasn’t as careful with my patterns back then, I guess. I sketched up a new pattern with curved sleeves that bell out and shortened the skirt pattern I had too. It took two prototypes, and much rewriting of instructions, until I got it right. Finally, I was ready to make the real deal. To be honest, I found this tiny striped fabric months ago at my craft store and knew that it would translate perfectly into doll sized hanbok sleeves So I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to use this. They say you shouldn’t sew over pins… But, you need them to hold tiny pattern pieces in place or everything just flies apart! So take it real slow and use the hand crank a lot if you have to and I found lifting the foot every now and then to turn the corners and whatnot is really useful. And of course, this can all be sewn by hand as well. Another trick I do for every article of doll clothing is to tie the loose ends of the threads together. It’s not worth the hassle on normal size clothes, but just a couple millimeters of unraveling on a doll’s garment can mean disaster. So tie them down. The collar of the jeogori always gives me problems, it always wants to pop up away from the neckline. So here’s how I handle that. I cut a long strip of contrasting fabric, a ribbon would also work, and hand stitch it all the way around to make sure it’s accurate. Try it on the doll, then take two darts, one on either side of the neck. It’s by no means an elegant solution, but at least it lays flat. If any of you have figured out a prettier way to solve this neckline problem, please let me know in the comments. My concept calls for a brown skirt, but I don’t have quite the right color… None of my browns seem to work with the copper mask. So, I thought I’d pick up the green in the sleeves and use this fabric for the skirt portion. It was looking promising, but this stuff was really springy. I tried to force some wrinkles and gathering, but it came out frumpy, and too small. I want the skirt to look fuller. So, beans to that skirt, and let’s try again. There we go. How do you like attempt number two? This is actually the wrong side of some faux leather fabric I have. I think it’ll work. The edge doesn’t fray either. So, the gear shaped hemline was easy to cut out. We can make it further match the mask by painting copper along the hem to accentuate the gear design. Somehow, covering surfaces in shiny metallic paint is therapeutic. The norigae is assembled from craft store gears, a bottle I filled with glitter, a pink twine tassel, and embroidery threads to hold it all together. The socks are cotton with no stretch, so I made the pattern larger to ensure it would still slip over the doll’s heels. These were originally Clawdia Wolf’s shoes, which means they’re the big sister foot size. That’s perfect, because it means they’re large enough to fit comfortably over the socks. I paint them black first, then come in with the copper once again. I also decided to seal these guys, because they’ll be scuffing against the ground a lot. So it could use the extra protection. To solidify the bunny theme, I made some puff balls out of yarn. Just tie a couple strands together in the middle and fluff it out with the pet comb. The two small puffs go on her shoes and the big one will go behind her head where the mask ties together. As a last minute touch, I painted mint-green into the crevices of the copper parts. This was suggested to me by my husband, to make it look more aged and oxidized. I think he was right, it looks great. That’s it for the clothes. It took a couple tries, but we got there. And we did it all without any feeling in several fingertips. Thanks, super glue. She’s not done yet, though. I was waiting for LEDs and electronic supplies in the mail I should really order supplies earlier when making these videos… Last time I used LEDs, it was under the expert guidance of my dad. I’m flying solo this time, and I’d be lying if I said I had a solid understanding of everything. But I did my best and modeled this circuit exactly like the one I made for Xerneas. At first, I tried to make a series circuit because that would have laid much flatter inside the mask, but the second led wouldn’t light… So I reconstructed it into a parallel circuit. The battery is slightly unsightly, but that’s where the puffball comes into play. Sealing away all the fragile bits is the last step. I epoxy glue black fabric on top of the wires, and painted the back of the ears black to match. And with that, she’s ready for final assembly. It was difficult to match the pun-tastic nature of Ty Tanium’s name, but the name Irene Oxide isn’t bad. I like how when the mask is down over her face, it looks equally spooky and derpy. I think it’s because the eyes aren’t looking straight forward, but off at an angle. It gives her this innocent demeanor. Thank you so much for joining me to make Irene Oxide. I think Ty will enjoy having a steampunk partner-in-crime. Just like Ty, she was inspired by several unrelated topics and things but came together cohesively in the end, I think. And, don’t forget, there’s more. Make sure to check out all my friends’ videos to see how we each interpreted the steampunk theme into our own unique custom dolls! If you’re familiar with these artists already, I bet you can tell who made which doll just by looking at the group shot. Can you? Stay artsy. Ann-yeong! (Goodbye!)

100 thoughts on “Repaint! Irene Oxide Steampunk OOAK Monster High Doll

  1. I hate dolls in general but I get or feel inspired to add a lot more detail to my artwork when watching doll customization, does that make sense?

  2. I'd add a few tiny keys on a ring too lol – lover your stuff

  3. I ship Irene and that Blue guy. (Sorry I forgot his name)

  4. when you go out in public to take photos of your dolls, does anyone come up and ask: "how did you make them?" or do they just look at you?

  5. please make entrapta from she-ra or somthing based on her

  6. Soo…Are Ty and Irene a cannon couple?

  7. y didnt u use "Magearna" her eyes and body look like their macaincl (ik i splelt that wrong)

  8. Hi! I'm Asian tooooooooo!

  9. Doll: Name is Irene
    Me: APHMAU!!!!! M.C.D

  10. It looks like she have a cruuuuhs on ty eh eh eh😌😌😏😏😆😆 way to embarrass to look at the audience and she made a good choice to walk away haha I feel sorry for her

  11. Really cute doll. Love the stop motion at the end.
    I've been watching video's randomly and you do some really nice work. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  12. “Honey our neighbor is hanging dolls again”
    “For gods sake-“

  13. where is your husband when you make videos?

  14. Can you make a doll but from garbage?

  15. Lol

  16. "The two small puffs shall go on her shoes… " Small? SMALL? Yeah it's small.

    don't @ me pls.

  17. do you live in JAPAN?

  18. What until you try nail glue

  19. Hubby opens laptop and the first thing you see is Korean eyes

  20. Imagine if she went to the options that would be interesting

  21. Everyday is recycling day

  22. you should make a brat doll

  23. My favorite!!!!!! 😍😍😍😍

  24. wait she said NO I NEED NORMAL COLOURED HAIR what

  25. I love the voice pitch changes

  26. When I was watching your video when you said this serious socket my Siri turned on

  27. I`m just going to say it now you`re search history must be so weird you make so many doll that you reference off weird thing not trying to be weird
    (even though i`m the weirdest in my class at school)

  28. You should make this pattern available for sale on you Etsy 🙂

  29. I know im late but i love steampunk love the doll

  30. Do you know the anime ouran highschool host club if so can you make them in to dolls as a series

  31. So cute

  32. can i just say that i looooooooove the clothing? thank you.

  33. "It seems study which is the important part"
    Me: >:-( don't you make these to make them prettier

  34. She looks like Irene from Redvelvet.

  35. This is actually my favorite doll made by Dollightful!

  36. Yes the ship

  37. Did anyone notice that the book and the cans were in Japanese writeing to on it?

  38. concept art looked a bit like the lunar new year dva skin from overwatch 😀

  39. My friend showed me these videos yesterday and now I’m obsessed lol 😂


  41. Wat do you even do with the hair?

  42. I would love to see a stock box episode where you use your hair scraps to see what you can come up with I feel like it would be a fun experiment

  43. 진짜 개쩐다… 넘이뻐..

  44. 6:50 sleeping kitty

  45. can you please also make her a 'vulpix' colored long hair wig?


  47. 3:43 issa sea weed container I see you, I see you😂
    Her eyes are amazing💙

  48. I liked the first sketch that kind of looked like a little girl

  49. There is a patition to help fight against the kid content act see "nerdy crafter" for more info on how we can help fight it!!! We can change it but we need all your guys help!!!

  50. Canada?

  51. That dose't even. Look like POOR GG

  52. Omg I want a mask like that

  53. Btw don't peel off super glue. You will peel your skin.

  54. Your dabbing on your dolls😝🤣👇🏽

  55. My name is irene

  56. Hi

  57. Your sharpener is so cute

  58. Even tho it helps with doll customization, don’t litter :}

  59. Well, steampunk was supposed to be in the 18 hundreds.

  60. You were going litter picking

  61. You should do a jewel type doll and make the whole doll shiny

  62. Nobody:
    Dollightful: K O R E A

  63. oh dear god first she cuts open gigi's head then she hangs her……A++++

  64. Just thinking about working with aluminium cans made cuts appear on my hands…

  65. She should make Tina, the character from the beginning!!

  66. You have cat in background

  67. I never want to lose this content. Katherine is my biggest inspiration. Fight that FCA law…

  68. Nobody will care if I say this but I have a steampunk themed rabbit oc
    (I made him when I was real young
    So his name is lazy) his name is baylee
    And his outfit needs help…im not good wIth steampunk but I love it….

  69. Why do I want that outfit

  70. Dollightful: and I put puffs on her shoes
    Me: so….she's tinker bell
    If you get it like the video 🙂

  71. I’ll be honest, not a fan of the wig….

  72. I think you should make a Pikachu doll

  73. Can you do goth lolita?

  74. I ship it xD

  75. This is super inspiring! One of my eddsworld OC's needs a design for the steampunk au and this is inspired some design ideas😊🎉

  76. mei hatsume is QUAKING

  77. Also I had a gigi doll
    I'm so sad I can't find her 😞

  78. Dollightful" makes incredibly cute, detailed design that honestly I can only dream of even drawing let alone bringing into reality
    Also Dollightful: "But it wasn't good enough to I scrapped it."

  79. When you super glued your fingers together your husband must have been like Katherine what happend this time

  80. “So just get into that lip crease with your fingernail!”

    Angry Cristine noises

  81. 🙂

  82. lol who loves it when she takes the doll outside for mr super clear to spray it

    also i have an idea for a doll : you could do a female version of pennywise the dancing clown (the new one), and for an accessory, you could add a red balloon

  83. You should do a house tour

  84. what kind of superglue are you using!?

  85. I think this was my favorite doll you have made, I have a very large love for Steampunk and 1800s things. This was gorgeous!!

  86. Haha funny poopyiii

  87. I wawnt that

  88. I checked every shop and it's not available in India

  89. Can we all just appreciate how talented Kathrine is!
    P.S. sorry if I spelt your name wrong

  90. Koreativity

  91. She's Ty Taniums Gf

  92. Apoxi, and Epoxy

  93. Sees salvage hair bag

    Looks over at Cristines peels bag


  94. I can’t believe you’ve never used superglue! There have been too many instances where my clumsy ass has had fingers stuck together with the damn stuff before I decided I’d chose other adhesives.

  95. I hope you'll finish refining your hanbok pattern and put it up for sale soon. ovo

  96. Her: I’m gonna save Gigi’s hair
    Me: She never uses the salvaged hair, does she?
    Her: This is actually a Clawdeen Wolf doll’s hair,
    Me: 0o0

  97. I also superglued my fingers too…….

    I don’t use superglue now ,it hurts when your fingers stick together and it is hard to pull them apart.

  98. Her eyes look liek butterflys :O

  99. I love the small clips of your cats at the end of your videos <3

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