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Hello again, and welcome to my second tutorial for this site! I’m Iza, of Iza’s Face Ups, and this time I’m going to cover how I apply eyelashes to a doll once the face up is complete!

Things You Will Need:

  1. The doll’s head. In this case we have my Fairyland LTF Dark Elf Soo faceplate in tan skin.
  2. An eyelash strip. I used Onyx eyelashes I got off of Taobao in black. Any appropriate length eyelash strip will do, as we’ll cut the it to the right width!
  3. White glue. In my case I use straight up PVA glue.
  4. A pin. Anyone with a sewing kit should have one. Doesn’t need to be fancy or anything, just any old pin will do!
  5. Small scissors.
  6. (Optional) Tweezers. I use these to place the eyelashes as I have unsteady hands.

Now that we got our supplies all assembled, let’s start with the preparations and get to applying some eyelashes!

Step 1:

Measure the eyelash strip against the eye, that way you’ll know how to cut it.

Step 2:

Cut the eyelash to the appropriate width. If it still ends up being too wide, don’t fret. We can always trim it later too.

Step 3:

Put a dollop of glue onto a piece of paper, the eyelash holder, etc… and then grab your pin and dip it in the glue. You won’t need much really at a time. Also don’t fret about the glue being white, it’ll dry clear.

Step 4:

Use the pin to apply the glue from the outer corner of the eye to the middle point along the inner edge of the eyelid. Do to same to the eyelash piece and let the glue get a little tacky. This is important and will save you a lot of grief in trying to get the eyelashes to stay where you want them to. I like to put the long lashes on to outer edge and the shorter ones towards the inner corner.

Step 5:

Place the eyelash strip against the inner eyelid edge and use the pin to push it in place. The tackiness of the glue will keep it from falling out. If it tries to fall off regardless, hold the eyelash strip in place with the pin for a minute.

Step 6:

While the glue is drying on the first eye, repeat the process on the second eye. That gives the glue time to set on the first eye so that you can then glue in the other half of the eyelashes. Here you can also see that the eyelash strip on the right is a little too long. Trim it very carefully with the scissors so that it’ll fit better.

Step 7:

Grab a bit of glue with the pin again and apply it to the remaining section of the inner eyelid edge on the first eye. Let it get a little tacky.

Step 8:

Push the second half of the eyelash strip in place and let the glue dry. Repeat the process for the second eye so that both have the eyelashes in place.

Step 9:

Once the eyelashes are in place, I like to add another light layer of glue along the bottom of the eyelash strip as shown in the image ago. It creates a nice sealed bond so the eyelash is less likely to separate from the eye by accident.

Step 10:

Let the glue fully dry, and then wait a little more, just to make sure. I tend to leave heads alone for at least an hour after gluing in eyelashes to make sure that when I put the eyes in they don’t push the eyelashes out. As you can see the glue dried clear.

Congratulations, you successfully applied eyelashes to a doll head! I wish you much success on your face up journey; until next time!

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Hi folks! Your friendly neighborhood Mint here!

Recently, I’ve had people ask me about the broken shoes I bought to revamp, so I thought I’d put together a quick guide covering the process. You never know when you’ll come across doll shoes in need of some TLC!

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As you can see Nomi is very distraught! She broke the heel off her shoe when dancing, and the white leather is looking dingy. What’s a doll to do?

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Luckily Nomi’s friend Stephanie loves adding pizzazz to damaged goods!

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Before we work on restoring the shoes, we need to repair them! There are multiple methods when it comes to fixing a broken heal, some better than others. For Nomi’s shoes, I carefully and slowly used a drill to add a tiny hole to the broken parts so I could insert a pin to add stability. Once the hole was drilled, I filled it with a super-strong glue (E-6000 is my preferred adhesive) and inserted the pin into the loose heel before attaching the pieces back together. I then gave the glue a full 72 hours to cure.

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I’m Iza of Iza’s Face Ups and I’ve been a face up artist for 6 years. I’ve worked on many sculpts in all sizes and themes! This face up tutorial covers my method of working and is not the only method. This is just meant as a starting point to discovering your own style and way of working!

Before we begin, I wanted to cover the materials I use for painting dolls in no particular order:

  • Chalk pastels (Schminke, Daler Rowney, Winsor & Newton, and Rembrandt)
  • Shimmer powders (Jacquard Pearl Ex Pigments)
  • Watercolor tube paints (Koi)
  • Synthetic soft bristle brushes (Various brands including make up brushes, sizes range from 30/0 to 12)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Cotton balls
  • Cotton swabs
  • Spray sealant (Mr. Super Clear UV-Cut Flat or Citadel Purity Seal)
  • Acrylic gloss (Liquitex Gloss Medium or Model Color Varnish)
  • Eyelashes
  • White glue (PVA or Elmers, just needs to be water soluble)
  • Cotton glove
  • Respirator (Needs to be have at least an N95 vapor filter on it!)

Now let’s begin!

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Hello and welcome to the YoSD sewing tutorial. I’m Nova, you may also know me as MyHeartIsSupernova, and today I’ll show you in few steps how to make a lovely dress for your YoSD.

It’s really easier than you think, especially since I’ll be sharing the pattern. Ready? Let’s give it a go!
Let’s start with materials. Obviously you need a fabric, in this case, a little heavier cotton will do for the bodice, you can also go with dupioni silk. For the skirt I’d suggest something thin like gauze cotton, dupioni silk will do too. You can use the same fabric to line your bodice. Whatever you go for, make sure it’s not synthetic, it won’t gather nicely and will be bulky. In which case you’ll have to press your gathering flat. Next on our list are a sewing machine, matching thread, two small snaps, scissors, pins, fabric pen and of course iron.

Pressing seams as you sew is very important, please don’t skip that!

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Nympheas Dolls has just opened the preorder for a new doll: the siren cat Mialypso. I have been a fan of Sophie’s wonderful cosmos of beautiful and unique dolls for a while now and I am extremely happy to get her to interview for There Be Dolls today.

Dear Sophie, welcome to There Be Dolls and thank you for taking your time!

Always a pleasure to answer questions and meet people <3

The newest addition to your family of dolls is Mialypso – a unique siren cat.
What inspired you to make this specific doll? What kind of personality did you think up for her?
It’s very simple, I create things I love, I sculpt to give space to my imagination because i have many characters and stories in my head, I love cats so much (lol) and each cat is so unique, I have already made Brioche, a doll with very different personality because he is quiet and teasing –  a little lazy and she is enigmatic, discreet and enjoly … More classy !
I enjoy making some original character, not ‘just a cat’ because i want to bring to them an unique personality…for her I thought a mermaid would be perfect. I  don’t know why I hadn’t had this idea before because she combines to 2 characters I adore!

Mialypso in Butter with pink tail by Nympheas Dolls

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Today is the last day to preorder the 2nd edition of Nyxy’s Creations’ Luna doll – a real unique and expressive sculpt I am sure not only bat lovers adore.
So let’s meet Nyxy and Luna in today’s article!

Elisa: First of all thank you for agreeing to give an interview!
I have been following you on tumblr ever since you had your first preorder of your bjd Luna – that cute little bat.
I have seen the love the Lunas are received with. I missed out on a Luna last time but now I am happy to see that there is another Luna preorder. So let me take the opportunity to find out more about you and Luna.

 Nyxy: Hello! Thank you for interviewing me! I’m always excited when people take an interest in my work, and I love to talk to fellow doll collectors and enthusiasts!

Two Lunas in dark violet (2nd preorder) and Pastel Piink (1st preorder) by Nyxy’s Creation

First of all – what inspired you to create a bat doll? Did you create her with a special bat in mind?

 Nyxy: Well bats have always been my favorite animal, and I often feel they don’t get the love they deserve. They aren’t always seen as cute and there are a lot of misunderstandings about them.
I didn’t see many bat anthros out there either, and none with the details I wanted (hardly anyone ever puts the finger bones in the right places, it’s a pet peeve of mine)
Luna isn’t really modeled after one specific bat, but I used aspects of bats I liked. She has a leaf nose, but there are a wide variety of leaf nosed bats with interesting noses and I didn’t model it after one in particular. I also gave her big ears like a spotted bat (my favorite, and the only bat in my province who’s hunting clicks can be heard by humans!)

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Who would love to adopt a little orphan from out of space? Bastian from Capsule #3 is looking for a new home! Originally she is from Planet Zhen – so “she has a peaceful soul and a huge mind” (Little Cosmos Dolls)
Or in other words: Little Cosmos Dolls has opened the preorder for their doll Bastian.
Bastian is 35 cm high and comes in a nice resin tone called Tea Skin. She is casted by Weiju. I think that is the perfect size if your family of SDs is ready to adopt a new family member. Bastian was created with a 8-10 year old girl in mind. Her expression is sweet and serious. I can totally imagine her reading bedtime stories to her younger siblings or daydreaming on no end while her friends talk to her.
As far as I can tell from the pictures she seems to be a great poser. Little Comos Dolls added some extremely sweet pictures of their little girl.
So here is the exact preorder info:

Preorder Period: April 20th to May 12th 2017
Bastian – in Tea Skin EUR 400,00

Bastian by Little Cosmos Dolls

included is:
a full doll
with random 14 mm eyes
cushion
CoA
and box

for an additional EUR 20,00 you can add a faceup.

Layaway is possible, but please contact Little Cosmos Dolls directly via email.

Please keep in mind that the production time will be around 3-4 months.

If you want Bastian to be a boy, there might be a preorder in the near future. All the kids from Little Cosmos Dolls can share their parts and swap bodies too.

If you like to adopt Bastian, you can do it through LittleCosmosDolls.

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When you fall in love with ball jointed dolls, you enter a hobby that is a bit like uncharted territory. Wherever your journey begins  – might it be a sculpt you fall in love with, an artist you admire, that doll outfit that drew your attention, there are so many possibilities ahead and so many ways you can express your creativity and crafts that help to make your own little doll come alive. But behind all that is the idea and work of the original bjd artist who spends hours, days, months to create not just a doll but something that is full of possibilities. In the beginning there is the blank canvas. Sometimes we might not know where we are heading – but one thing is sure: There be dolls!

This blog is dedicated to all artists whose passion and talent fuel the hobby – the sculptors, designers, seamstresses, wigmakers, face-up artists, photographers,..
So what are you going to find here?

Our goal is to promote bjd creators, to get to know them better – so you will find interviews and announcements concerning preorders or new releases of artists’ dolls, but we are also planning to introduce artisans and seamstresses.

You are invited to take part in this voyage – let us know if there is an artist you like to be featured. If you are an artist yourself let us know about your current projects.

Share the love,

Elisa

Featured head sculpts: Smiling Vampire Head (left) by SheCow and Amparita 02 (right) by Ken no Kokoro Dolls,  both with artist’s face-up.