Advice needed from those who alter kits


#1

I know some of you have made some amazing alterations to kits, and I’m hoping you’ll have some advice for me. I’m wanting to significantly alter a kit to make a baby dragon. I want to add spikes, and alter the ears and nose. I have sculpey as well as liquid bonding sculpey. How should I go about adding these to the kit? I’m thinking I should sculpt what I want, then use the liquid sculpey to attach to the kit, then bake? Or is there another order I should work in? I’m assuming I should add the alterations before I start painting the kit? Sorry for my complete lack of knowledge about this, but I’ve never tried to alter a kit before, so any advice is appreciated! I have a specific image in my mind that I’m going for, and I’d hate to mess up the kit!


#2

My advice to you would be to try to contact “Izzy”, she has done some of the alterations on vinyl kits and according to her, they do NOT hold up well. I don’t know any specifics but she would be able to tell you more. I believe others have done some too with varying degrees of success or not!!


#3

I remember someone mentioning having to use pvc glue to attach the molded parts. But can not remember who.


#4

I dont have much advice, but I do remember someone saying they use toothpicks to attach the pieces to the vinyl then bake. I have also seen quite a few added with magnets. But I am interested in what others say, because it is something on my “reborning bucket list” lol


#5

@MoonlitNightNursery Shannon has done alterations on kits and might be able to help.


#6

@pschomaker has done it as well.


#7

Mine did not work out well. The two Celeste babies worked out fine as far as opening one twin’s eyes…but the mouth alterations were a big fail. The Sculpey did not hold up well and I ended up with a return. I won’t do that again.


#8

Thanks everyone! After reading everyone’s opinions and doing some more research, I think I’ll modify my alteration plan. I really don’t want to deal with unhappy customers! I think I’ll make minor alterations on the nose and ears with thick medium (I’ve done this before on an alien baby I made, and it held up well), and use the sculpey to make a detachable spikey “headband” sort of contraption. That way if the spikes don’t hold up, it won’t affect the doll itself. Hopefully that will work!


#9

That sounds like a plan, good luck!


#10

I use Lumina air dry paint to sculpt fangs, bite marks and such. It dries a nice translucent and doesn’t need to be glued to the kit. I just mold onto the kit. I use paper glaze over fangs and bite marks, etc and I suppose that helps keep the clay ‘stuck’ in position.