This is what I’m going to customize her to look like.

This is what I’m going to customize her to look like.


So here is the updated plan for this “Blythe”

  • I’m going to keep slowly sand-matting her face. I might buy some Mr. Super Matte or whatever that spray customizers use. Not sure. There are a couple stubborn shiny spots on her face that I need to get rid of.
  • Pastel make up.
  • I’m going to attempt to carve her lips and make them more doll-like. Which involves buying some carving tools. Gah. And I also want to paint them to look more realistic.
  • I’m going to dye her hair with Rit. If it doesn’t work, I may try a re-root. But… we’ll see about that. I’ve tried a re-root and it SUCKS.
  • Eyelashes. I’ll buy some cheapies at the drug store.
  • I’m going to give her the body of the current Factory Blythe that I splurged on (because getting the eye chips out of a Basaak is just too damn hard. It’s worth the extra money to be able to fuss with the eye chips)
  • Handmade clothes based on my inspiration picture that I will post in a minute.

These pictures don’t do the eyechips I’m using justice — they’re shiny and sparkly green. They will stick out a little, but since the eyes won’t rotate, it’s not a big deal.


Has it really been over 3 months since I started this custom job? I ran out of money and so I had to wait to buy eyechips and a new body. I bought both this month and then ran out of money again. So until I’m in my new apartment and am able to spend money again, this customization will go sloooooowly.

I was not able to get all the chips out. In fact, as you can see above, I just gave up because it was too hard. They superglue the chips in, I guess. And I don’t have a craft drill so… I gave up. I managed to get most of the brown chips out, save for some plastic residue on the side of each socket… but since the other chips look so bad, I’m not going to enable the eye mech and just leave it on the new chips. Which are green and sparkly (pix to come).


It’s working!
I also burned my right index finger and thumb because I touched one of the screws after about 2 minutes after plunging it into the eyechip like a winner. It’s not too bad but it’s gonna hurt later, I’m sure.
GAH!

It’s working!

I also burned my right index finger and thumb because I touched one of the screws after about 2 minutes after plunging it into the eyechip like a winner. It’s not too bad but it’s gonna hurt later, I’m sure.

GAH!


About to tackle the eyechips with heat.

There is a very good chance I will give myself a significant burn. I am going to eat lunch before I try this hot-screw-melt-plastic thing so I don’t feel shaky.

I started her sand-matting and I’m really impressed with the results so far…

As you can see, there are still a few shiny spots left. But this is twice over with 600 grit sandpaper. I have some 1500 that I might use to shine it up a little, but I’m going to keep going over the face gently with 600 until the shiny spots are gone.

(The back of the faceplate looks awesome but I couldn’t get a clear shot of it.)


Out of bored desperation, I decided to start tinkering with the doll. Since the Basaak’s scalp comes off so easily, it was really easy to take the face apart.
Getting the eye mech. out was tough because it was in there tight and I worry about the cheap plastic they use on these dolls. I’m constantly expecting it to snap in half if I look at it funny.
Everything looks about how I remember from the time back in 2004 when I first tried to customize a Blythe. I hope I remember how to put it all back together again. I took this picture for reference sake.

Out of bored desperation, I decided to start tinkering with the doll. Since the Basaak’s scalp comes off so easily, it was really easy to take the face apart.

Getting the eye mech. out was tough because it was in there tight and I worry about the cheap plastic they use on these dolls. I’m constantly expecting it to snap in half if I look at it funny.

Everything looks about how I remember from the time back in 2004 when I first tried to customize a Blythe. I hope I remember how to put it all back together again. I took this picture for reference sake.


If you are a Blythe customizer, this looks very familiar to you. If you are not, it looks like I’m a budding serial killer.
(The glue stick method did not work, btw.)
I have heard horror stories about getting Basaak’s eyechips out. Apparently the only way to do it is to use a drill. I’m sort of terrified of that process.
I’m thinking maybe if I heat up a nail to red-hot and then put it in the chip, it’ll melt, then harden against the nail and I can break the chip out that way? Would that work? Even the idea of heating a nail to red-hot gives me the heebie jeebies.

If you are a Blythe customizer, this looks very familiar to you. If you are not, it looks like I’m a budding serial killer.

(The glue stick method did not work, btw.)

I have heard horror stories about getting Basaak’s eyechips out. Apparently the only way to do it is to use a drill. I’m sort of terrified of that process.

I’m thinking maybe if I heat up a nail to red-hot and then put it in the chip, it’ll melt, then harden against the nail and I can break the chip out that way? Would that work? Even the idea of heating a nail to red-hot gives me the heebie jeebies.


The first guinea pig.
I got her off ebay from this seller (who I highly recommend, btw) and picked her up from the post office this morning. I think I paid about $37 total for her, which is a bargain because now that I see her, I’m pretty happy with the quality.
I’m planning to:
change the body
change her hair
change the eyechips
sand-matte her face
carve lips and nose
redo makeup
change eyelashes
change her pull-ring
possibly change her pull-string
It’s a lot, I know. But I plan to take my time and do it slowly. I might have to gently carve her chin a little.

The first guinea pig.

I got her off ebay from this seller (who I highly recommend, btw) and picked her up from the post office this morning. I think I paid about $37 total for her, which is a bargain because now that I see her, I’m pretty happy with the quality.

I’m planning to:

  • change the body
  • change her hair
  • change the eyechips
  • sand-matte her face
  • carve lips and nose
  • redo makeup
  • change eyelashes
  • change her pull-ring
  • possibly change her pull-string

It’s a lot, I know. But I plan to take my time and do it slowly. I might have to gently carve her chin a little.


Why Blythe?

I don’t feel like going into WHAT is Blythe right now so I’ll start with what my fascination with “her” is.

I remember a website I used to go to back in 1997 and the girl was talking about this “cool, weird” doll she got on ebay for $15. It was a Blythe. Looking back, I kick myself for not cashing in on this deal back then.

When the book “This is Blythe” came out, my roommate at the time bought it. I bought my own copy because I got more and more enamored with Blythe’s weird little face. I decided to splurge on my own original Blythe from ebay. I got one for $100. And like a dummy, I then sold it on ebay a couple years later for $500.

I bought a few of the Takara Blythes in 2002 and 2003 and then sold those, too. Looking back, I’m not really that sad I did. I needed the money and I had no good way to display them. I also realized that the stock Blythes were sort of boring to me. I was (and still am) more interested in the customized Blythe dolls.

Since I can’t afford to buy the really awesome ones from professional doll artists, I want to make my own.

And since I can’t afford to buy the Takara Blythes, I was thrilled to stumble upon the new fake Blythes being sold on ebay. They’re nearly the same and way, way cheaper.

So, this Tumblr is devoted to the upcoming custom works I will be doing. I’m super excited.