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Experiment: Rerooting with Yarn

Rerooting with yarn is nothing new in the doll world. It’s the “go to” fiber of choice for any cloth doll but will it work for fashion dolls?

Yarn reroots by Mimblex featuring Monster High and My Little Pony.

The process is the same as when rerooting with Saran and Nylon just that there is an extra step of separating yarn into sections or strands. By nature, yarn is the perfect medium to create a texture or soft mohair look (if you want to stay away from using animal products for ooak dolls). There is an added benefit of being fluffy which is great if you’re looking for poofy hair.

Yarn reroots are nothing new and it’s an obvious choice as a cheaper and more readily available alternative to Saran. The yarn reroot that got my attention in particular was this:

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Cassata by PlayRoomArts.

Short hair is not an easy feat in the doll world due to the dilemma of hiding hair plugs or using more hair plugs to create a convincing hair line (nobody has time for that). Finding PlayRoomArt’s Cassata convinced me that yarn would be the perfect medium for creating crew cuts or shaved hair looks! It works because of yarn’s fluffy nature!

It works really great for Monster High boys with indented scalps like Deuce here:

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Deuce’s reroot pattern was the same as if he were rerooted with Saran. Because Yarn is so fluffy, the plugs are virtually invisible creating a very thick, soft hair.

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The reroot pattern is only obvious when the hair is wet. A repaint, trim and restyle later and you’ve got Reed!

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I was amazed at how close I could cut near the plug and still keep it invisible. I couldn’t even feel the scalp indent due to the thick hair.

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I used a bit of fabric softener in order to calm the yarn fiber and create cleaner strands.

Any single ghouls looking for a manster? Reed is available at Etsy!

 

This Post Has 12 Comments
  1. Sorry for the laaaaate comment on an old post, but I can’t find any answers no matter how long I google, and I was wondering:

    How does one reroot a doll that used to have a sculpted wig? What should one use to fill in the indent if you’re going to reroot. Additionally, which would you recommend for a John Travolta in Grease (or delinquent) type hair style, yarn or nylon doll hair?

    1. When this tutorial was written, it was based on my own experience rerooting a Deuce doll which happened to have a sculpted hair which could be removed. The sculpted hair was another layer of vinyl which was glued on the head. Removing the sculpted hair meant that there was a dent on the sculpt to create a seamless look. The “dent” meant you couldn’t have a clean hairline like you would rerooting a regular doll because rerooting it with the usual Saran or Nylon (unless someone has come up with a way to somehow fill this dented area) would make the head look awkward in general. The dent looks like this: http://daisylikesdolls.blogspot.com/2014/10/removing-deuce-gorgons-snakes-and-hair.html

      As demonstrated in this tutorial, yarn was a good alternative since it has a lot of volume and it gave the illusion of thick hair without exposing that dent and just generally covered up the scalp area. Please see the photos with Deuce on this article again for review.

      In short, you didn’t have to use any special tricks or technique to hide the dent created by the now-absent-sculpted-hair since the yarn had enough volume to cover it up. It’s the same reason yarn is really good for creating dreads or any kind of hairstyle where you want the biggest hair volume without adding any kind of special chemical or tool to create the impression.

      Rerooting with yarn is essentially the same as rerooting with saran or nylon. The only difference is you probably just use one strand at a time. This worked well for Deuce’s case but it might not for other dolls depending on the way their heads are designed. That would be completely up to you to figure out. That’s 90% of crafting: problem-solving. That’s creativity for you. =)

      You can achieve any kind of hairstyle regardless of what kind of material you want to use. Use what’s comfortable to you. Study each material and get to know their properties. That will inform you on which would be the best to use for your own purpose.

  2. So I’ve been looking for a tutorial on how to actually get the plastic hair off…I want to do a reroot on a Gil Webber I have sitting around, but can’t figure out how to release the hard plastic. You have any advice there?

    1. Depending on how the factory had the hair cap glued on, you’ll either get lucky and pry it off easily or struggle with it and have to destroy it. Some people have had to tear off pieces because of the amount of adhesive used on some pieces. You can test the adherence by slowly prying on the sides first and be more forceful on an area that feels loose and work your way from there.

  3. Is the hard plastic hair on Deuce something like a wig? I thought I saw a Heath around here, too, and I didn’t know either of them could be rerooted because of the hard plastic hair.

      1. This is revolutionary news for me! I’ve been passing over so many dolls because I thought they were impossible to root hair in… I can work with frustrating, but not with that ugly, hard plastic hair.

        Thank you!

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