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TIP #1 .....Always ask for flesh-colored bandage material if you're getting bloodwork
done. I use it for body wraps. They usually give me a 'little extra'. By Janet Washer

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When glueing a synthetic fabric just put a thin layer of glue on both pieces of fabric and let it dry a bit. Wait till it is a bit tacky then place both pieces in together. This will allow the glue to adhere better. Tayna
http://www.taynasminidolls.com/
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When you are sculpting have a small mirror so that you can see the
reflection of your sculpt. Helps a lot with symmetry
Nancy Cronin

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When assembling a doll, work over a towel covered in wax paper so if you happen to drop or tap the table with a doll part (especially the fingers of a hand) you will not break it.
Lucie Winsky Dolls - http://luciewinskydolls.com/

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When working with polymer clay, I have to fight my oily skin - so I
have found if I use latex gloves (the tight exam gloves), it helps
keep my work cleaner. Unfortunately, my hands then sweat! So I
decided to cut off the glove right below the fingers (don't cut off
the thumb). The remaining glove stays on the thumb and fingers pretty
well, and the sweating is minimized. The half gloves might help for
other doll making tasks as well. Plus, you can put these off and on
SO much easier.
Cathy McArthur

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as long as we dont have all the things, you have to make it a little bit
easy, when a cut fabrics I put the mold and after I draw, I put some glue,
let dry, and cut,
Sol (From South America)

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when sculpting ears put tooth picks where the ears should be. It helps
to get them on evenly.
Nancy Cronin
http://www.picturetrail.com/nancyc1938

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My tip and it may not fall exactly under doll making, but when taking
a picture of a dress on a mannequin you'll want to make sure the
material isn't see through when the flash hits it or put a liner under
dress. Recently when trying to take a picture of my bodice for the
bodice contest I couldn't get a good picture. I couldn't figure out
the reason until I realized that the mahogany was showing through the
dress. I just couldn't figure out where the reddish brown was coming
from since the dress was black with silver threaded trim.

Kathy Hendricks

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Dana's mentioned a pinning board to help making the drappings. As I couldn't find one here, I had to improvise, and it works fine: I bought a sheet of cork, cut it to the same size of my self-heal cutting mat and glued it to the back of this mat. If the sheet is too thing, repeat the process (two layers)... Now I have a two-in-one board! ;)

Evelyne
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when cleaning dry greenware use wire tip tools see here

http://www.dickblick.com/zz303/09/

removes dried seams cleanly and without gouging the greenware
Stacy Hoffman.

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Polystyrene

My all time favourite miniature working tool in POLYSTYRENE - this works as
a pinning board like a dream, I use a Lazy Susan, with a pience if 1 inch
polystyrene cut to fit the top of the lazy Susan, I pressstick my doll stand
in place and dress my doll, pinning to you hearts content - leave to dry and
gently lift my doll when I want to move her. As soon as my lazy Susan's
false top is dirty I take it off, cut a new one and start again. I never
even try to wash it clean, it is easier to throw it away and start again
with a nice clean white piece of polystyrene - best of all, it is free, the
polystyrene that is, I collect it from all the packaging boxes etc.
Polystyrene also works like a dream as a false floor in a box room, it is
light, it paints and glues like a dream and best of all, I can pin my dolls
into fantastic poses.
Lianda Sutherland