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Tips for the Face Factory

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Tips for the Face Factory

Fashion Writer

Many people ask me how I make parts so well, and I always tell them, practice, because that's basically it. But there are a few other things I have learned about making parts so they sell throughout my time on Whyville, and here they are:

1. Always start out small! If you are pretty much a newbie without a great salary and some extra clams that you can spare to make a face part, the best thing to do would be to use the first size -- you know, the smallest box. Even though you may think, "What good is that, how many people will buy something that I could make in that little amount of space?" be prepared to be surprised!

If you are creative enough, you can turn that little box into somewhat of a masterpiece. First of all, there's always the option of making interesting contacts with cool colors or designs. Or you could make a triangle nose. Just make something that YOU know YOU would buy and try to make it look nice. If it doesn't turn out right the first time, erase it and start again. It may take time, but the clams will be worth it.

2. The next size, the second box, is good for making lips or a decoration. Whatever it is, still you MUST be creative and try your hardest, or people will not want to buy it. Try to do something different than the ordinary, and who knows, maybe it will become the next fad!

3. The third box is the one to make bodies, eyes, or glasses with. Now, as we all know, when you first start out, these things are all VERY difficult to make. The shirts, well, it just takes lots of practice before you can get the shape the way you want it. I suggest you make the body first and color it all in the color of the body, and then add on the shirt.

Also, as usual, make it creative! Add spiffy looking straps in an interesting way or do a cool design. The most important part of the shirt, though, is DEFINITELY how well it is made. If it looks all raggedy or uneven no one will like it, so to get it to look right the first few times you will probably have to do a LOT of close-ups.

Ok, the eyes... well, those can be tricky. If I were you, I would wait until you master making other things before you try to tackle these. But, if you want to try, go ahead. The eye shape is very crucial, you have to get it the right size to fit with the head, whether for guy or girl, and you must make it look nice. I would suggest for the outer lining of the eyes to use the smallest brush size available and double it, so it's just big enough to show up in the smaller sizes, but not too big to look funky.

4. The fourth and final box is used for mostly hair, hats, or costumes, such as my ~*~HOLY MOLY!-lemonmule~*~ angel costume thingy.

Hair is pretty difficult to make. The thing that is important about hair is for it to look nice (of course) without raggedy edges, have a nice color, and to fit the head well with a good face outline. It will take a while to make hair, but once again, it is worth the time if it turns out well.

Hats are fun to make and pretty simple. They sell well if they fit most normal sized hair and are cool-looking. Another thing made in this box are heads of any kind, even the monkey and pig ones (lol).


Anyway, I hope these tips help you get started and answer any unanswered questions. Good luck on your part-making!




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