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14 May 2010 @ 17:32
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Question for anyone on my flist who does doll customising--do Sakura gel glitter pens work for lip augments? Or does the ink bleed into the vinyl, even if you seal the entire face with matte sealant before you begin?
Minim Calibreminim_calibre on 15th May 2010 00:19 (UTC)
Have you tried nail polish with microglitter?
A Splash of Sass: Phasers Set to Fabulousschizoauthoress on 15th May 2010 01:31 (UTC)
This idea might work, but you definitely would want to use a craft-quality sealant atop the nail polish, since polish is a short term paint thing.

I've never had good luck with ink pens instead of paint -- it always, always bleeds into the vinyl for me. I'm fighting a losing battle to clean up an Aja that got her hair blacked by Sharpie... the pen ink transferred onto the softer plastic of her head, face, and arms and it will not come out after bleeding in. (A pox on children that don't understand the awesome that is Technicolor hair!)
ljc: scary doll person (trek is for girls)taraljc on 15th May 2010 01:49 (UTC)
Have you tried Oxy 10 on her? it may take a while, but I've heard it cleans Sharpie ink out of the vinyl.

So far I've got a test doll head--an Artsy Fashionista I'd stolen the body from, for one of my trichelles. I put down matte sealant over the factory paint, let it dry, then applied the Sakura gel pen. I'm going to let it dry overnight, then tomorrow seal over it with glossy varnish. I'm then going to put it on a shelf for a week or a month, and keep checking it. The Gaila I'm working on won't ship for another few weeks anyway, so I'll wait and do her lips as the very last part. I've repainted my own Gaila using Liquidex Opal glitter paint mixed with a little red pigment, and am waiting to see how it dries.
A Splash of Sass: Uhura_sassschizoauthoress on 15th May 2010 02:51 (UTC)
Actually I planned on getting Removezit from Twin Pines of Maine... I should do that now that I have funds in my Paypal. Thanks for jogging my memory. :)

Your plan sounds like a good one...as long as there is a layer of sealant between the plastic and the ink, there should be minimal if any bleed-thru.
ljc: star trek (gaila)taraljc on 15th May 2010 03:34 (UTC)
The main issue with the gel pens I'm discovering is that it flakes off really easily. I'm experimenting with gloss varnish over it, but I worry it's on too thick and won't dry :(

Edited at 2010-05-15 03:34 (UTC)
A Splash of Sass: Vulcan Gangsterschizoauthoress on 15th May 2010 12:33 (UTC)
When you say "on too thick" do you mean the gel pen or the varnish?

And have you thought about mixing the gel pan stuff with varnish? If you could get enough of it out of the pen, I mean.
ljc: scary doll person (star trek is for girltaraljc on 18th May 2010 21:35 (UTC)
The varnish.

Part of the issue with lip repaints is control. I have more control with the pen than I do a brush, which is why I'm giving the pens a try...