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Prosthetic leg.

After creating a doll hybrid I had leftover parts: two full arms, pelvis, one leg with foot, one footless leg.

I sawed the leg with a foot in two places and smoothed off the cuts.

I think I want to make a prosthetic leg for a Dal or a Pullip…or both.

A Step Ahead is a company that makes arm and leg prosthetics for American Girl dolls. Children deserve to have dolls that reflect who they are.

It’s also possible to order a prosthetic leg extension for 1/6 “Action figures” which I suspect mirrors the reality of men who’ve been in the service because it doesn’t look like the sort of action figures children play with.

And there are some Enchanted Dolls with artificial limbs….but they’re not very accessible.

So I’d like to try my hand at crafting something that can be used for Pullip 1/6 dolls, because there have to be women who would love a doll that reflects their reality on a doll that is highly possible and beautiful.

I need to do some artificial limb searches so I can make something that reflects what limbs look like.

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Let the bodies be packed carefully and stored under my bed.

Tuesday after work I went to Akihabara Radio Kaikan to buy some Obitsu bodies.

Akihabara is an environment that makes me itchy and unhappy. I cannot handle the atmosphere of the place . Stores that sell straight-up posable dolls (not Anime figures) are by far more chill than the rest of Akihabara. The most chill location in Akiba is the Owl cafe.

Monomono was missing a foot. I picked up a 23cm body in white to swap her onto. Obitsu bodies have a pathetic lack of skin colors. They come in white-pink and slightly pinker-white.

The 23/21 cm bodies are constructed with a neck-peg that doesn’t work for Dal heads. You have to create a Dal-Obitsu hybrid body of Dal and Obitsu before the head can be swapped . I didn’t realize this and I first tried to create a neck-peg on my new Obitsu body…then I googled.

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As you can see, this Dal body has pale slightly yellow undertones that don’t match the pink Obitsu body.

As you can also see, I have little body parts scattered around my apartment. This is why on Valentine’s Day, my day off, I handled my Japanese taxes, booked a flight home for a week, and Frankenstined dolls.

I did try to color the Dal chest slightly to make her chest-to-arm difference less noticeable…but she’s going to avoid strapless and skinny strapped tops.

Here’s where the Dal body attaches to the Obitsu, before I popped the stomach back on. I added some felt to the inside of the chest and pelvis to make the whole body less floppy.

The arms are interchangeable but I’m sticking with the Obitsu arms because they are more pose-able and come with extra hands in different positions.

I replaced Dal’s ragged eyelashes with new ones.

And then installed her head back on and returned the fake-fur wig to her skull. I’m not sold on it but I can always change it later.

Monomono and Julie are not friends.

But Monomono and the Porg are friends.

I also bought a 27 cm slim Orbitsu (with the least amount of bust) for the empty Pullip head that will soon come.

She’s here with an Alice dress I’m working on. The pattern is a bit large on the doll.

The 27cm Obitsu come with neck-pegs that are simple to sand down. After that step you can just put the Pullip heads on them easy peasey. The color difference of the body will probably be negligible.

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Meet Monomono

According to an Amazon review I found quoted many places:

Monomono is my all time favorite Dal doll. Although in theory I think she has too much orange on her face, in real life she is absolutely beautiful. She has beautiful brown and gold eyechips. She also has a fake fur wig, which is not to everyone’s taste. She looks wonderful rewigged in shades of brown. The “Monkey King” theme of her stock outfit, complete with cloud skateboard, is clever and amusing. She wears a checked underwear set underneath. Dal dolls are articulated, and their eyes move from side to side with a lever. Unfortunately, she is the Dal most prone to breaking her feet (especially her left foot). Don’t let that keep you from buying this beauty, however.

Monomono is one of the first three Dal dolls ever produced. She is not for small children.

Monomono is the doll I’d intended to buy online from DollyTeria but bought my eyelid-less Pullip by mistake.

I visited DollyTerria on Sunday my way to see a friend of mine for a craft session. We both had projects/commissions we’d been putting off so we planned to meet, craft, and get to know each other better.

Monomono’s damage:

Someone attempted to give this little monkey-god elf ears.

There’s a tutorial here but whoever made these ears didn’t color the two-part Apoxie clay itself, instead choosing to paint the clay after roughly sculpting. This made my job easier as there were three layers of color for me to gauge the difference between paint/sculpting medium/original ears.

Monomono comes with every part of her “stock” except her golden staff and her belt sash. Her eyes had been changed but nothing else seemed amiss.

I opened her head so I could file at her ears with files/diamond files, and sandpaper without putting her face at risk. The apoxie was softer than the plastic but sanding and checking took a few hours.

You should be able to see the dry cover paint, the light blue apoxie, and the light plastic color starting to show in the inner fold of an ear.

Ear unveiled!!

I like the reddish gold colors in the face so I’m keeping it as is.

I thought I’d keep the eye chips the reddish color but knew I needed to clean them as there seemed to be some brown gunk around the edges.

But when I opened them up the eyes turned out to be fake stuffed animal eyes with the inserting pole cut short and, um, a flat surface built up with tape that had aged and discolored. When I removed the tape some of the red iris came out with it…new eyechip time!

And the eye sockets were nasty and needed much scrubbing.

I had extra eye chips, when I fixed Art Gallery Dal I bought a set of two colors. Dark purple chips were sanded on the edges and inserted into the eye gimicks.

I then took off the Monkey King costume to try on a used Ricca-chan dress I’d also picked up at DollyTerria

Remember that odd fact in the review about Monomono’s left foot coming off?

Well then! She has her underclothes but…Yup. One foot. I guess I’ll be picking up a Dal-sized Obitz body in Akihabara soon.

As for the wig…this is a fake-fur wig. I’ll totally be making a pattern from it to try my hand at making my own. At first I hated it. Then I looked online at Monomono photos and it grew on me. It started to feel more like messy bed-hair and less like fur…and I started to grasp Monomono’s personality.

It reminded me of this childhood photo of myself, one I use to prove I’ve never been able to wake-up morning-ready.

To understand how I write and talk we need a quick side-adventure. Much of my word-use and humor comes from my parents. They divorced when I was 3 years-old but both raised me with joint custody and kept on good terms with each other. Here they are both adding their comments to this picture the last time I posted it on Facebook.

Suffice to say I think I’ll be playing around with the fur wig for a bit. I’m thinking of making her a sleepy morning doll…or a doll who wears her disheveled mornings until lunchtime…and sometimes refuses to get out of her monkey outfit…like me.

I’ll be opening her head again to give her new lashes and to install her on a two foot body later.

I did recently see a steam-punk Dal someone had fixed with a prosthetic leg. If my skills were higher I’d think of giving her a cute similar leg.

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Baggie of eye parts.

Oh, Pullip dolls. You’re each unique in your own way. I’m learning so much about you.

Like how some information says the old three-part heads (Type 2 heads) are pre-2009…but it’s possible to order eye-gimicks and eyelids from a pre-2009 doll only to find that they are intended for a Type 3 head and DON’T work for what I need.

The difference was subtle enough that I felt crazy for a while.  After trying a few times to install the new eyes I hit Google and squinted at pictures.

My Pullip head, Type 2, on the left. The inside of a type 3 head is on the right. If a doll is photographed with a wig or front the front the difference is impossible to see.

The grooves the eyelids and eye-mech fit into are just a little bit deeper on the right. The eyelids are a liiiitke bit larger for Type 3.

You CAN place the eyelids and eye-mech from 3 into 2 and screw it in…but the eyelids will pop strangely out of the grooves they are supposed to stay cradled in.

I screamed.

I now have set up an alert for the two Yahoo Auction JP sellers who sell Pullip used parts (and I do mean parts: single limbs, torsos…) and now know how they phrase the type differences and what signs to look for if the eyelids don’t specify type.

I then realized I have 2-3 kinds of eye-mech: Type 2 Pullip (without lids and blink bars) Type 3 Pullip (with lids and blink bars) and a set of eyelids and blink bars for Isul, a Pullip type I have nothing else for…and some eye-chips.

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I went back to Yahoo auction and bought a blank type 3 head to go with the full eye-gimicks I have….I can always pick up an “Obitsu body” anywhere you find doll crafts in Japan.

asuka I know the head and eyes (the blue ones at the bottom of the bag) will fit because I did my homework and they both belonged to the same release of Pullip doll: Asuka of Evangelion.

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Fun fact: I was briefly roommates with and an employee of the dude who translated the first Neon Genisis Evangelion series for ADV? CRAZY FUCKING MAN. C.Ray.ZEEEEEEEE. Batshit insane. 

It’s a three day weekend here so I won’t get the head until next week. I get heads in the mail. I have a baggie full of eye parts. I am single, yes, I am.

In the meantime I have to put my eyelid-less rocker on hold, her face only halfway done…

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I’m modifying some 100yen shop “Yuri-chan” shoes that came with a crappy dress.

The white shoes are in transition.

Are those more eye-balls? Does your therapist know?

Those are both good questions. Yes… and if I get more hyper focused on dolls and ignore important stuff I will tell her. I got my Japanese paperwork ready for filing taxes this Wednesday so I think I’m ok.

The eye chips are paint-it yourself and come with the Dal “make-it-your-own” kit.

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And last for today: My first doll rescue is mostly wigged and awaits a headband, refurbished shoes, and her gallery opening.

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Your Art Gallery Owner

Dal was going to be a butterfly.

I was going to use the few leftover fabrics from my handmade butterfly themed belly dance costume and create an ethereal butterfly girl. It was going to have an embroidered wing-patterned bustie and a wind skirt and sequined fascinator…

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If you’re thinking that any of that is store-bought applique or an existing skirt, you’d be wrong. From scratch! I know when I’m good at making something. That’s why dolls are humbling.

The album of making that costume is over here.

That’s simply not where this project went.

Here’s Dal, still without a wig attached, last night. I started by making her a shift dress from a funky Liberty Art fabric scrap. It wasn’t enough so I added a ruffle. The ruffle could be better constructed but it gives the whole dress a different shape that I love.

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It’s giving me a funky Art Gallery Woman vibe.  I dipped into my stash of beads and fixings and made her a chunky necklace and two bracelets.

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She’s temporarily wearing “Eri’s” shoes. Eri seems to be the Daiso 100yen store knockoff Ricca-chan. The outfit I picked up is too short but will give me scale information. The shoes are generic but I can spray them and detail them a bit. She may also need me to make her stockings and a wide mod headband (or hat) and a great coat or cardigan.

She also needs her wig. I love her bald but she has wigmark craters where her former wig was attached.

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Eye Gimicks

Greetings and salutations,

I’ll be your Craft CEO for this post, you can call me Executive Dysfunction.

We’ve had a few setbacks.

The wink bars and eyelids I ordered for the Pullip doll? It turns out they’re for Isul, Pullip’s boyfriend. These are the details you sometimes miss in a second language. The heads are different enough that the eyelids and wink bars are both unsuitable for Pullip.

Left to right: Dal, Isul and Pullip

Lesson learned. My unscientific searching leads me to believe like eyelids are the most easily lost part of the eye-mechs and heads that have been modified.

I’m buying a complete set of eyemech (eye mech/wink bars/eyelids) off Yahoo auction this time. This set is from the Evangelion Asuka Pullip doll. I read more carefully this time. Asuka (the doll) must have had something traumatic happen to her, both her her eyes and her outfit are up for sale in separate listings.

The Japanese term for the Pullip doll and Blythe doll eye mechanism is アイギミック/aigimikku or “eye gimmick” which I find adorable.

I’ve also been watching videos of people getting the MIO “Make It your Own” Pullip sets. these are occasionally released by the Groove company and you assemble your own dolls from a blank set. Some of the YouTube creators ditch the body all together and put the newly created head on an “Obitsu body” as those bodies are higher quality…I think.

Turns out I’m in the land of Obitsu bodies, they’re everywhere you find BDJ AND auctions where people just sell disembodied Pullip heads…I’ll probably try both MIO and HEAD rescue (once I get used to making clothing]

MIO kits

Obitsu bodies

I just can’t bring myself to spend more money on doll clothing than I spend on my own…so I’ll make it.

Sunday I went to Akihabara and bought Pullip eye chips (the iris and pupil part of the eye) and…who am I kidding…a MIO Dal Doll kit in Mocha Skin.

Because of course the darker skin is “exotic” so let’s bring on the Orientalism with a belly dancers. (Eye roll)

Yes, I find describing skin colors by food/drink names distasteful but not as distasteful as I find the limited range of Pullip doll skin colors itself.

These are the other colors…Natural? (Gagging noise).

The lengths at which black women into dolls have to go to to create or buy something that represents themselves is maddening. This weekend I saw a heartbreaking post from a woman who’d tried to dye her doll, after researching the process, only to find out the arms and legs on her dolls used two different plastics with different dye absorption abilities…some areas were a beautiful deep brown while others were a muddled ashy hue.

I’m keeping an eye on the suggestions, as I’d like to be able to do some of this if my friends every need it for themselves or children they know. It looks like water-based spray paints for plastic/airbrushing with water based paints is the answer.

Anyways, back to my Sunday. I bought eyechips (a two pack, dark purple and dark green) for a Pullip and was all set to put them in my Dal doll eyes…as Dalis supposed to have the same chip size as Pullip.

And they were too big…but not by much. I got out my sand paper and slowly sanded the acrylic chips down until they fit properly. HA!

Midway through sanding. The left is finished the right is just starting.

I tried out the eyes. Dal only has eye gimmicks that can be shifted from side to side with a switch at the back of her head, no moving eyelids.

I didn’t screw her head together because she still needed a hint of eyelids. That’s just TOO much eyeball showing.

I sanded the paint off the eyelids I’d removed, far more than I had to because they amount that is visible is tiny, but the color was too light as is.

I then prepped them with fixative, colored them with pastels (a layer matching the flesh tone and a dusting of black) and then painted them with an acrylic gloss.

Time to attach fake eyelashes with a water-solvable glue. In America you might use Elmer’s, in Japan the white glue available is BOND.

I never don’t have a pack of false eyelashes at home. They are essential for bellydance gig makeup. Seeing people ordering lashes for their dolls makes no sense to me. I even know which convini stores here stock lashes in case of emergency. I just cut a pair to fit the mini lids and, after the glue became tacky, applied the lashes to the lids and waited for it all to dry.

We have a head! On a body!

But not a wig yet. The wig I used fabric softener stemmed a little greasy so I re-rinsed it and let it dry. Instead I put Dal’s former wig and outfit on her for photos. It’s just attached with a tape loop. I tried to use the doll stand she came with but her feet didn’t touch the base and her wig tipped her head back and fell off, so I sat her down.

The wig, once dried, is, of course, waaaaaaay too long for her but because it’s a 1,000yen (10usd) used wig I have no problems cutting it. I’ll have to go back and thin out the edges later.

She’s shaping up. I’ll formally attach the wig when I’ve finished adjusting it.

The doll’s personality really did change as I made her. My original outfit idea will be scrapped as I think on what suits her.

Did I use the fashion croquis I made? No. Maybe someday I’ll have the sort of planning brain that can do that, plan from the beginning stages. I wonder if working on that skill, on this small insignificant thing, would help me and my life as CEO Executive Disfunction.

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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.

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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.

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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….
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But now looks like….

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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GET SOME, Maz!

And thus concludes the start of Dolllll Hospitaaaaaaaal!

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