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22 November 2011 @ 11:15 pm
Good Doll to customize?  
I want to customize a doll really bad, but this will be my first custom and I'm not sure who to use. I would like to customize either a Pullip or a Dal (mostly Pullip though). I wan't to find a good deal though, because I will be doing a fair amount of customizing (new wig, elf ears, faceup, eye chips, etc.). So pretty much, I am looking for the cheapest doll I can get. If anyone has any suggestions or tips they would be much appreciated. Thanks :)
Moko Bloodhunterm_bloodhunter on March 7th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)

I think if you don't want to spend too much on a complete pullip/dal and/or you're afraid of ruining her, the most affordable option is to buy an angel gate head on eBay. Those are replicas of pullips head, and they are really cheap. The only real difference is there is no mecanism for the eyes, as pullips have. But I think it is a nice way too try out little things without spending too much on a real doll.

Hope itll help you :3
snowby the bunnycatfox: snowbeysnowby on August 28th, 2012 03:06 am (UTC)
Try #2: My comment had links, so the comm marked it as spam. :S

I'd use a bait to practice on, first. Faceups are WAAAAY harder than they look (I majored in art (esp. painting) and I still baited my first doll trying to do a faceup. Painting something 3D, symmetrical and weird-shaped is unusually difficult.) :S

Useful things to know:
1. One trick I've learned at last is to trace the eyes + eyebrows you want onto wax paper, then pencil-trace them on the back. Then, you can put it over the Pullip face and trace it onto her in pencil marks, and flip the paper + repeat on the other side of her face. This way, you can keep the symmetry (which is the hardest part to do.)
2. USE A MAGIC ERASER TO REMOVE THE MAKEUP. Do NOT use the sandpaper most tutorials recommend- it is WAY to easy to ruin the head by sanding the lips/nose too low. The Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are basically the same kind that Coolcat sells and can be bought at Walmart- use one to get off all the makeup you can and only after that use the exacto knife on the inside of lips, etc. If you do use any sandpaper, make sure it's high-grade kind used for cars (1000 or 800 or higher.)
3. You've probably already found it, but the famous customizer Requiem Art has a tutorial for making Pullip elf ears. (google it)
4. If you need a good doll for a custom, Craziia is one of the cheapest stock Pullips, and has nifty stock (esp. the boots.) If I was going to do a custom, I'd start with her. She's pretty versatile, and the boots + wig alone could be resold to help recoup little a bit of the investment.
joichi_maki: BRShana kittyjoichi_maki on November 4th, 2012 02:20 pm (UTC)
Wow I also appreciate your advice too; since I'm wanting to customise a Zelda Pullip but how would you make 'elf ears' out of and staying attached on the Pullip :) yes I notice many tutorials mention sandpaper for rubbing off makeup but I fear it would ruin the face too
snowby the bunnycatfoxsnowby on November 4th, 2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
To find the tutorial for the elf ears, go to Google and search for this:

Elf Ears (or other sculpted body parts) - Requiem Art
joichi_maki: BRShana kittyjoichi_maki on November 5th, 2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
Hurrah! Thanks for your help, ohh wow Craziia only cost around $70 if only I knew that before..*sigh*by the way; I have hear people mention Mr Super Clear for matte sealant; is that fine to use or heard on RArt that it can ruin the plastic? How about Mr Color usage?
snowby the bunnycatfox: snowbeysnowby on November 5th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
It seems like most of the good/famous customizers use MSC, so I don't think it can hurt... I personally use a clear matte sealant from a local store, but I've heard that MSC is better (although it's harder to get.)

I've never heard of Mr Color. ^^;

There are a lot of customizers at Dolly Market Forums (and some tutorials); you might try joining there and asking for help. Some of the really good customizers (like Myufish) have accounts there.