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1/12 Dolls of Color?


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I’ve only seen one modern 1/12 family of color and they’re kind of scary looking. Does anyone know of alternatives? Should I just paint other dolls and buy/make a better mom hairstyle? Trying to make a dollhouse for my daughter and want dolls that look like our family :) Thanks!!

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I've also "made" my own dolls, by 3D printing a head to put it on a body I painted. The paint do tend to flake off a little, but at least that way I got the exact skintone I wanted ! My style is more "chibi" with no defined nose and big eyes, but I'm sure someone skilled in 3D scultping could do a realistic head.

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How old is your daughter, and how realistic do you want them to be?

Did you see this Melissa and Doug set? https://www.ebay.com/itm/115174025082?hash=item1ad0e8277a:g:ZeEAAOSw8Jxh152A

The hair isn't great, but I think they're a little better than the ones sold on Miniatures.com (I'm not sure if that's the scary family you mentioned).

If you're going to try to replace the hair on an existing doll family, try bunka. It looks braided initially but you can unravel it to make curls or waves. Stewart Dollhouse Creations has a nice selection: https://stewartdollhousecreations.com/bunka06

If they don't have to be super realistic, there's an Etsy seller named Prairie Crocus Studio that makes beautiful cloth dolls with different skin tones: https://www.etsy.com/shop/PrairieCrocusStudio?ref=shop_sugg

She sells patterns and kits and also does custom orders. Years ago she made me a custom Ingalls family for my Little House in the Big Woods cabin and she created them to my specifications: https://www.emilymorganti.com/blog/?p=6133

Most of the product images in the store right now show white dolls, but here are the different skin tones: https://www.etsy.com/listing/226221054/fabric-9-x-24-cotton-stretch-knit-cloth

Another thought is to look for 6" action figures, but it will be a challenge to find ones that are dressed like regular people.

 

 

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Another option that could be good for a child ; I recall someone saying Barbie's little sister Chelsea was around the right size for 1/12. If that is true, then there are "Club Chelsea" dolls in various skin tones and hair types. They're very plastic-y and might not pose very well though.

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I use viscose for my dolls, but it is not good for play. You can find doll hair at JoAnn and Hobby Lobby. There are many videos about re wigging dolls if you are thinking about doing it.

 

 

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Thanks for all the suggestions! I think the Melissa and Doug dolls will work. Not as scary as the others 🤣

the viscose doll is gorgeous but probably too fancy for my kiddo :)

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I think it was Better Homes and Gardens that published a book of doll patterns that included a 1:12 family of little rag dolls.  The first dollhouse I helped the hubs build for our eldest son's first daughter was a scratch-build and I finally found a lovely brown fabric to use to make the family for her house.  All of our grandchildren are people of color (our eldest, adopted son, is also a person of color) and that's how I got started with multi-racial dolls.

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What a good question!  I recently needed a female doll with brown skin and couldn't find any suitable - except for a "Mummy-to-be"  doll.  She has a slight tummy, but could pass for a non-pregnant doll in a pinch.  I gave the dollhouse a little nursery for the coming baby, but no baby doll.  Even if there were a doll in the crib, the little tummy on the doll is no more than a post-partum mother's stomach would be!  The girl who received the dollhouse has a mother with Trinidadian heritage, and a "white" Canadian father.  I didn't want to give her a single race dollhouse couple, because that wouldn't fit her family identity.  Finding a white daddy doll was easy, but I would very much like to source some other options for dolls with brown complexions.

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The reason I began making all my little people for my dollhouses is that when I worked for the local health department my coworkers who bought some of my houses were people of color, so of course they wanted the residents to be, also.

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I made a miniature thank-you gift for a nurse who looked after my aunt.  The nurse was a person of colour, and so I ended up making the nurse doll for the little vignette.  That was okay for an enclosed scene, but I wasn't sure that I could make a doll strong enough to withstand a young girl's play!  It seems odd that there are so many white dolls commercially available, but very limited options otherwise.  

 

 

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