Anyone good at neutralising/matching vinyl pieces?


#1

I want to use a BB belly plate with my Azalea but the vinyl is slightly different. I tried to match up my Twin A and B kits and that didnt work out well for me (I bought one from Germany and one from Canada and the vinyl was different). I thought I had the lighter one matched up well but they still ended up being different so I thought Id ask what would be the best way to neutralise?..I was thinking a light blue on the kit?
The problem is that I typically start with blue undertones and a blue wash so I won’t know what to do if I have to skip that on my plate. Im probably making no sense but maybe someone can give me a good idea :wink:
Here is the picture of her head and the plate (typical BB white)


#2

I’m still practicing on matching pieces like this, but here’s what I might do. Do several thin white washes, maybe with a touch of Flesh 08 mixed in, to neutralize that light peach color on the head. Then do a very thin Ultramarine wash on the head, and then a very thin Q Crimson wash, and see what to do next. I find that white helps me neutralize peach vinyl much better than anything else I used to do. It just has be very thin and make sure you brush out any build-up in the creases. I’ll following to see what others suggest.


#3

I am going to be honest with you. If you use a lot of white washes to match to the belly plate you are going to make your baby very opaque. I would try to bring the belly more peach or just search for a belly plate that matches better.


#4

Thank you @ECNRebornBabies but I don’t use white or flesh but the crimson may be a good idea.

I do have a peach sample from RebornFX or maybe Ill just forget about the belly plate. I can always just put it away and use it for another baby…its clean but has no sealer or paint on it yet.


#5

This is where using the primary method comes in helpful. Blue washes on the rest of the body, no blue washes on the belly plate. I once ordered Seconds Darren and could not find anything wrong with him until I washed and lay him out on a towel to dry. That is when I realized his head was grey and the rest of his body was white. I use the primary method and he came out even.


#6

In this case, I would probably do a light blue (blue and titan buff) wash on the head, then a peachy wash on the belly to bring them closer together. When I do anything involving blue, I change my steps around, adding the blue undertones a bit later.


#7

I may try that, thank you…I could use my teal and then do a yellow ochre wash on both and add blue undertones after that…or something along those lines.


#8

I’d ask LLE on Facebook if there’s a tummy plate that matches her vinyl. I hate matching vinyl with a passion.


#9

She has tummy plates but the smallest is for a 20" baby. I think Im just going to do her without it…Ill save my belly plate for one of my BB kits or since I have it out and Im painting Johanna Ill just use it for her.


#10

I mix and match kits all the time and have had no luck with neutralizing. It seems that the kits have different vinyl…since I get them from different places…and they absorb paint differently. I use air dry. I just start painting and keep adding layers then at the end I add washes to match them up. It has worked better for me.


#11

Ive finally decided just to put the belly plate away because it doesn’t even match my Johanna it has a pink tint to it…Ive decided Ill try to work with it later on with a different kit. At least I managed to get in some hair painting practice while I was making up my mind…I still suck but I think Im getting a bit better :wink:
Thank you for the tip, I may need it later. I also use air dry btw