Need help recreating a Barbie doll out of silicone(?)

For a little over a year now, I've been making short and fun Barbie videos on YouTube and I've grown a decent following. My problem is that I'm ready to move on and make better animations and, while I don't want to lose my fan base, Barbie dolls aren't articulated or sturdy enough to show my full talent.

I've dismantled many figures and recreated their limbs with twisted wire and foam, but that only works when they're wearing long sleeves and pants (something Barbie rarely does).

What I need is a puppet whose body looks similar to an actual Barbie doll (even when wearing a bikini), but can move without restriction.

Reading the many posts and various blogs, it seems that silicone would be my best option and I'm eager to give it a go.

Unfortunately, the first problem I've run into is at the very start- making a mold.

From what I've read, the rule of thumb is hard item, soft mold, hard cast. Since she's a hard plastic and I'd want to end up in a soft silicon, what would the proper steps be?

I was thinking about separating her limbs and torso and building each separately (similar to what's shown in Nathan Flynn's blog), but am worried about making a plaster mold from hard plastic.



I would forgo the whole 'replicating a Barbie' and simply create a similar figure, but it'd work much better for my core audience if it was identical and, for me, it'd be great if her form fitting clothes and accessories still fit.


I'm open to any other options and solutions.

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Sometimes I've made a temporary soft mould of alginate from a hard original object, poured melted plasticine into that, then cleaned up the plasticine cast and made a plaster mould from that. (Alginate is a powder, made from seaweed, that mixes with water and sets very quickly into a gelatine-like material, a bit flexible, but will dry and shrink after a few hours. Dentists use it for a mould of your teeth.)
I would probably just sculpt the body from plasticine to be as close as possible to the look and dimensions of the barbie, and do the temporary mould thing with the head.
A friend cast some barbie type arms and hands in Monster Clay, which is a bit waxy and seems to melt and pour very well. I used them on a sculpt of a smaller child figure for his film, since Barbie's hands are very small and we were going for more realistic proportions. I think he made the mould for the arms from silicone rather than Alginate, he had lots of silicone in stock for casting all the bodies.
Hmm. Time to work on my sculpting abilities then.
And here I was hoping there would be some secret cheat I could use....guess I should have known better.
Many thanks.

Sorry, that was my cheat, an intermediate mould and plasticine cast.  Not much of a cheat, since it is extra work.  

Just wondering, would a Barbie body have enough flex in it to get it out of a hard mould, if the seam lines were well placed at the halfway mark??

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