Finally, a non-thesis and non-menstruation related post. Yay!

As a grad student, I’ve had to find ways to destress before my brain gets completely fried. So far, putting my brain to work on methodical projects that allow me to work with my hands but get lost in my thoughts seem to do the trick. Baking is a big one. It’s been hugely therapeutic. Customizing Munny dolls seems to be the other. Both keep me creatively engaged without the crazy systemic thinking and ideating I have to do for grad school projects.

Earlier this year, I made my first attempt at customizing a Munny doll. Decided to try it again and create a Wolverine version this time. I was totally inspired by this take on Wolverine and this figurine.

The only caveat was that Wolverine requires so much more than just the basic Munny structure. But a friend recommended that I try out Sculpey and managed to locate it at the local art store. By the way, any time I ask someone at the art stores about Munny customization, NO ONE seems to know what I’m talking about. “Dolls? Bake them? What?” -__-

Anyway, Sculpey does wonders and opens up so many more customization possibilities. And it’s super easy.

As usual, started off by sketching out what I wanted, then drew a rough outline on the doll itself.

I'm Wolverine... grrr!

I'm Wolverine... grrr!

Then Sculpey, Sculpey, Sculpey! Just knead it in your hands a bit to warm it up and it’s good to go. Super easy to mold and attach to the doll itself (note to self: stop using “super” as default adjective).

The abs were a last minute add-on :)

The abs were a last minute add-on :)

Despite everyone saying that I should bake it at 275 for 15 minutes, I almost burned my Munny doll. I think it’s because I used such a thin layer of Sculpey. I tend not to apply thick layers of sculpting material, since I like to achieve as much refinement as possible with the shape itself.

Anyway, I painted each doll part on its own with several coats of paint.

I did notice a slight difference in how the Sculpey and the vinyl take the paint applications. Probably should prime the whole doll with plastic spray next time.

I did notice a slight difference in how the Sculpey and the vinyl take the paint applications. Probably should prime the whole doll with plastic spray next time.

And done!

Yes, Wolverine Munny has nipples.

Yes, Wolverine Munny has nipples.