Laura wants a pink lemonade inspired girl! She's still a WIP, but I have worked really thoughtfully & carefully to give her the most amazing girl ever :D Laura was one of the first to really show interest in my customs and I appreciate her so much!
Customizations so far:
*sand matte(d) -This means taking fine and extra fine grit sanding sponges and sanding away the shiny plastic finish on her face. Customizers sand matte to prepare the face for new make-up. A lot of Blythe owners sand matte their dolls out of aesthetic preference. I sand matte my girls because having a shiny finish makes photographing them a little harder. You have big glares and reflections to worry about. I also think sand matting makes the Blythe's "skin" look more realistic.
*full face up - A face-up is basically where you sand matte off all of the doll's stock make-up and redo it however you want. For me, this is a complete art form! It's amazing to see a doll's face transform into a piece of art! Her face up is sealed with MSC (Mr. Super Clear Flat) This spray protects your work and really makes the new make-up pop. (It also can be used to matte the face without removing the stock make-up.
*heavy lip carving - If you've ever seen a stock Blythe mouth, it's basically a painted on lip shape. Carving is used to give the doll a different expression. I use x-acto knives and needle files for carving. When I add the dremel, this is the most intense carving I do because I am completely changing the shape of the mouth. With light carving, I try keep the mouth shaped like the stock mouth but more defined.
*nose carving - I consider this when you define the shape of the nose (a lot of people call it buttoning the nose) or carve out nostrils. I do this with an x-acto knife and sometimes the dremel.
*reroot - This is when you remove all of the stock hair from the scalp and reroot in the color(s) of your choice. Above, is a reroot in progress. shades of pink and lemonade yellow nylon hair.
Next I'll work on painting the lids of her eye mechanism, changing her eye chips, giving her new lashes, and finishing her reroot. I'll share morecustomizing info with you then :D