Grasp the outside end of a paper clip with the needle-nose pliers while holding the opposite edge of the clip. Pull up and over, straightening the clip. Continue completely around the clip, turning the clip into a long piece of straight wire. Use caution not to bend too much, as the paper clip could tear off.
Fold the two ends of the now straightened paper clip up to form a triangle with the two ends meeting at the top. Hold the bottom edge of the triangle with your fingers. Come down about half an inch and, with the pliers, crimp the paper clip together and twist twice. Do not twist the whole top part of the clip.
Grasp one of the ends of the clip at the top of the twist and bend the piece until it breaks off. The clip should now look like a wire hanger with a straightened hook. While still holding the bottom of the clip with your fingers, use the pliers and curve the top piece to look like the hook of a hanger. Test the clothes on the hangers.
Things You Will Need
- Large paper clips
- Needle-nose pliers
If you have thick and heavy Barbie clothes, such as a ballgown, use a thicker paper clip.
Use caution when handling the sharp ends of paper clips, and make sure you aren't pinched by the pliers.
Make bracelets using wire or fine string.
Close the wires or tie the strings with the bracelet on Barbie's wrist.
Secure it tightly so that the bracelet cannot slip off over Barbie's hand.
Design a bracelet using elastic string and small beads.
Tie the elastic while the bracelet is on Barbie's wrist.
Be sure the elastic is just slightly stretched when the bracelet is on Barbie's wrist so that it will stay on.
Use small beads or other decorative items (such as small charms or tiny pendants) and short straight pins to make earrings.
Push the pin through the decorative item and into Barbie's earlobe. Do not use this method if children will be playing with the Barbie since the pin could come out.
Glue small decorative items onto Barbie's earlobes for non-removable earrings.
Create necklaces using tiny beads and fine wire. (You can also use fine string.)
Cut the wire to the length you desire.
Slip the beads onto the wire and twist the wire closed, snipping off any excess.
Slide some beads over the closure to cover it up.
Make necklaces the size of chokers - remove the doll's head to slip it on the neck.
Try using elastic string for necklaces that will stretch when pulled over Barbie's head.
Cut a length of fine ribbon and add one or two small glass or metal beads to it. Tie the ribbon, snipping off any excess, and use it as a fancy necklace.
Things You Will Need
- Small Beads
- Short Straight Pins
- Modeling Clays
- Fine String
- Elastic Strings
- Needle-nose Pliers
- Barbie Dolls
- small, compartmentalized plastic containers
Research your doll's value. There are literally dozens of collector's guides that revolve solely around the hobby of Barbie doll collecting. A good up-to-date guide will help you determine the overall condition and worth of the doll you want to sell. You can also learn a lot from the official Mattel Barbie Collector website, which lists tips for collectors and sellers alike, and provides a forum for collectors to gather and share their passion.
Learn about labels and production numbers. Mattel has five levels of labelling, from pink to black, that are designed specifically for different types of collectors. Pink label Barbies are the basic beginner dolls for collectors. Silver label dolls have less than 50,000 dolls on the market. Gold label collections put out 25,000 dolls. Platinum label dolls number fewer than 1,000 dolls. The black label denotes high-end collectibles for the serious adult collector.
Assess the doll's condition. While some buyers may be interested in picking up rare dolls out of the box, Barbies that have never been opened and show minimal box wear tend to fetch much higher prices. Determine where your doll's condition falls in terms of wear, so you can explain any minor details to a potential buyer.
Make the rounds at doll collector shows to see what others have on display and the prices for which they are selling them. While you are there, talk to other Barbie collectors. You may even meet up with someone who is interested in buying your doll, so take it with you.
Browse online collector's forums and become an active participant. Participating with other collectors is a great way not only to get tips, but to meet potential buyers and traders.
Use online auction sites to your advantage. There are dozens of auction sites on the Internet that specifically cater to Barbie and other doll collectors, weeding out the other merchandise so you can get down to serious Barbie business.
Include photographs when setting up online auctions. You will need to include detailed pictures of the doll and box from a variety of angles, so potential buyers can get a good look at the merchandise.