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Dal Dolly, what did they do to you?

I’ve been stressed. This means I’m learning new aspects of doll craft.

I was at the Hobby Off in Kashiwa.  I know that’s dangerous.


This is not my Hobby Off. This is included so you can laugh at the Off store names.


I was thinking about picking up a Peco-Chan and repainting her in some surreal manner. I was just daydreaming, my heart wasn’t in it.


Slogan: Milky tastes like mama. NOT A LIE.

No new-used Disney dolls so I looked at the case of BJD (Ball Joint Dolls) and related dolls. Don’t worry. I still believe that Blythe dolls eat the souls of pug dogs… and are evil.

But there are Pullip dolls there and I kinda like them.

From Wiki: Pullip (Korean: 풀잎) is a fashion doll created by Cheonsang Cheonha of South Korea in 2003.Pullip has a jointed plastic body (1:6 scale) and a relatively oversized head (1:3 scale), with eyes that can move from side to side and eyelids that can blink. Pullip was first marketed by Jun Planning out of Japan; but the company underwent management changes in early 2009 and, since then, has operated out of South Korea under the name Groove.

Since the release of the original female doll, other companion dolls have been added: male dolls Namu (나무, tree) and Taeyang (태양, sun); Taeyang’s younger sister, Dal (달, moon); Dal’s best friend, Byul (별, star); and Pullip’s younger brother, Isul (이슬, dew). In February 2013, a new member of the Pullip family was introduced, called Yeolume (열매, berry/fruit), who is Pullip’s future daughter. There is also a miniature line called Little Pullip, with 1:12 scale bodies and 1:6 scale heads. Pullip and her counterpart dolls are often customized by collectors, with the most common customizations including wig changes, eye color changes, and rebodying.

At Hobby Off I’ve seen and been curious about one that’s WAY up high, not behind glass, and was much cheaper than the rest. It’s a Dal Doll (Pullip’s boyfriend’s litter sister?…I’m still new to this) and she’s in her box and everything but….

Dal ” Dreaming Bird of Myth doll” should look like this….

But now looks like….


I Googled some information about removing paint from Pullip dolls. Unlike vinyl dolls you MUST NEVER use acetone. You either sand it off to use rubbing alcohol/Mr. Thinner model paint thinner.

And I bought the abused dolly…and hit up the Kashiwa Yellow Submarine (A chain of gamer-geek supplies and , sometimes, model supplies) for sandpaper.


Her wig slides right off. This is a sign that she’s been modified because to get to the eyes (and change the eye-chips) you have to remove the wig and open her skull.


Damage Tally:

  • added paint
  • added paint with GLITTER
  • Creepy eye chips
  • Extra eyelashes glued on
  • Pearl glued on outside edge of eye
  • heart glued on on inside edge of eye

I opened her head by unscrewing thee screws at the back of her skull.


Then I unscrewed the eye mech. The eye mech probably should be attached by 5 screws but only 3 were in evidence. More to fix later.


Dal is the only Pullip doll who doesn’t have eyelid action, her eyes just move back and forth via a switch at the back of her neck. I carefully removed the eyelash pads, as the original eyelashes were ragged.

THEN I SANDED HER FACE! I used wet sandpaper on a wetted surface. I think you’d usually want to start with 600grit but I went for 300ish because GLITTER…and then got finer grit sandpaper after the worse was gone.



Then I worked my way to 12000 grit sandpaper and Mr.Thinner on toothpicks and q-tips.


This has been finely sprayed with Mr. Super Clear fixative. The sanding plus fixative should get the surface enough tooth to hold pigments

I also started making a croquis for doll/face planning. I should add the body after I refine it. The first draft I wasn’t actually with the doll face, just a photo, so it’s…even creepier.


And yesterday, after a horrible day I don’t want to talk about and can’t because of job privacy, I visited DollyTeria in Ikebukuro which deals in used dolls and doll wigs and stuff. If you haven’t guessed, I’m a bargain basement gal.

I came home with new eyechips and three used wigs. I’m fine with used DOLL wigs. Dolls don’t sweat or shed skin flakes. It turns out two of the wigs are a little big, so I will alter them…but not before having some fun.


This is like one of the Archie comics where they address crazy counter culture.



And thus concludes the start of Dolllll Hospitaaaaaaaal!


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