This little girl is one of my new Non-BJD dolls. It all started with a gift. One of my customers collects dolls as well and she gave me a head without a body and two blank face plates. She said she didn’t need them and thought I could use them. The head came with rather matted hair that looked like she had tried to cut it, and the eye mechanism didn’t work.
I said thank you and put them in a box. And almost forgot about them. I knew nothing about these dolls, how to assemble them, what kind of bodies they need or even what skin color they are. But since my shop is still closed thanks to the partial lockdown I have time to work on things I put aside for years. So I dug up the box and tried to figure out what I would need to turn them into complete dolls.
I searched Youtube and found BeBedolls, a channel with all the information I needed to set to work. After hours and hours I spent watching Casie’s videos about Blythe customization, assembly and eye mech problems I felt confident enough to try to fix the mechanism, buy bodies and all necessary parts to turn them into dolls. Especially the videos about the eye mech problems were extremely helpful. If you think sticking eyes with putty into a BJD head is difficult you have never tried to fix a Blythe eye mechanism ;). But with Casie’s help and lots of pictures to remember what goes were I finally succeeded.
Betty is the first I finished. I carved her, painted her, fixed her eyes and made eye chips using my templates. I will probably exchange the glass eyes with resin ones and make better print outs of the iris templates – these are just inkjet on normal paper. I gave her the full eye-treatment, gaze lift and lids. She missed a T-bar, and I ended up using a piece of a sturdy plastic cable binder as a replacement. I have ordered a couple of eye mechanisms for the face plates and one spare, but since her mech works just fine now I will probably just change it if that changes. She has a nice new scalp with wig and a Pure Neemo S body, and I decided to call her Betty. She somehow reminds me of Betty Boop. I really like how she turned out.