Im new too...I just did my first 3 dolls..
..what my tips are.... let each layer of paint dry completely before baking. Look them over well when dry before baking
If you get a spot too heavy it turns chalky and .you dont want to bake that chalkiness on the doll..
My second tip is watch your parts while baking.I had one head Fen Yen face start to collapse at the end.
I had to stuff it with poyfil fast before it cooled to get her face back to normal.
Also others have said to me....get a thermometer to make sure your heat is just right..
Last i really like custombabydolls.com. tutorials
She caps her limbs and head before washing parts I think it is a good idea so water doesnt get inside but everyone has different opinion on that and i am new
.I think shes easy to follow and has good instructions. and GOOD CREATING!