barrel curling iron

I learned two important lessons tonight at work one was that not all stylists turn all their hot tools off at the end of the night before they leave the other is going right in and grabbing the barrel of a curling iron with my bare hand isn’t the way to check

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Steps:

  1. Start with tangle free hair without any knots. Since this is a great hairstyle for day old curls, gently brush through old waves if working with previously curled hair.
  2. If not, use a large-barreled curling iron or large hair rollers to create the same curls. Most of Lydia’s ponytail is one large curl, so curling all the hair as one piece or curling it as a few separate pieces and then folding them together is a great way to create the same look. Feel free to be messy with the iron as the curls aren’t uniform.
  3. After letting hair cool, lightly brush the curl to add some volume/bounce.
  4. Then gently create a small part on the side of the head the ponytail will fall on. Lydia’s part doesn’t run all the way down her head, so feel free just to create a one to two inch part to push your hair in the right direction.
  5. Then gather your hair together on the side of your head. Run a comb lightly over the larger side of your part to smooth your hair to the side, but don’t gather too tightly. Leave out a few strands and bring together the hair in a very loose grip (the bottom right picture shows well how the hair still has plenty of give to it on the side the ponytail isn’t secured on).
  6. Secure the ponytail with a hair tie slightly below the ear. Grab a small strand from the bottom of the ponytail to wrap around the hair tie if you’d like to hide it from view, then put it out of sight by pinning it or tucking it into the hair tie where it can’t be seen.
  7. As seen on the top left picture, some of Lydia’s hair is pinned into place right above her neck to make sure too many strands don’t come loose. If your hair has layers/is threatening to spill free too many strands, do the same with a few bobby pins and try to tuck hair over the pinned spots to hide them.
  8. Spritz with hairspray afterwards to keep the ponytail/curls in place.
  9. Good luck! :)
How to Iron Doll Clothes

@hobbywrangler brought up a good point with my last tutorial. Ironing doll clothes!? 

Materials:

A Flat iron B Tiny barrel curling iron C Large barrel curling iron D Spray bottle of water AND/OR wrinkle releaser E Iron F Scrap cotton fabric G Popsicle sticks

Instead of working on my giant human-scale ironing board, I opted to cover a hard surface with a towel.

Spraying wrinkle releaser. I use this on my own clothes all the time. Use about 1 teaspoon (give or take) fabric softener and dilute with water in a spray bottle. Spray the clothes then pull them taught with your hands delicately. Smooth over with your hands, and either hang to dry or lay flat. Great for fabrics like this here under-shirt/poet shirt. Also good for some sheer fabrics. Someone mentioned on my washing clothes tutorial to avoid heavily scented detergent, especially if you are planning to sell the clothes! This is a great piece of info, and applies to fabric softener as well! 

Ironing as usual. A lot of SD-sized clothes can be ironed as you normally would with your own clothes. Lay flat and taught, lining up seams, and iron! Using just the tip on the iron is good for getting into smaller places. Simple tee’s and legging for even MSD sized clothes can be easily ironed this way.

Using Fabric. Some fabrics have a higher percentage of plastic or coatings that will run off onto the iron, ruining the piece. Or they can just not glide right against the iron. Cover with scrap fabric and iron as usual!

Using a hair straightener. Hair straighteners are so versatile. They’re good for ribbons and smaller edges. You can probably iron a whole outfit with a straighter in a pinch or if you can’t get out the regular iron. I covered this coat in fabric before I ran the straightener over it, in case any hair product would rub off. Good practice for those of us who use product with our styling tools.

Popsicle sticks are great for lifting up pleats or getting into small corners to iron. Props to my dear friend Ada for this suggestion!

Curling irons can be used a multitude of ways. 1. Get into sleeves and pull towards you. 2. If you have a stubborn flap that doesn’t want to curl in, roll the flap with the curling iron a few times. 3. Can be used as a smaller iron. It’s a hot piece of metal, after all. 4. If you have a hard time getting something to lay flat, run over it with a curling iron with your hand under the garment for stability. Practice caution and don’t burn yourself!!

Tiny curling irons for tiny clothes! I just grabbed Zinc for illustration purposes, don’t iron your doll clothes while they are ON your doll. I got this curling iron at a local thrift shop for $5, by the way, nothing fancy! Use this little guy in conjunction with the popsicle sticks for tiny pleats and corners. Use it like you would a normal sized curling iron!

I’d also like to add! Steamers are great for getting wrinkles out of more structured clothes, or clothes that can’t really be ironed! Things like tulle, taffeta, and satin should be steamed. Things like large gowns, pieces that have lots of details sewn in (like beading) are great steamer candidates.

Hope this tutorial gave some tips and hints for ironing doll clothes that you may not have thought of before!