8 Things You Need to Customize Blythe Dolls

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Basic Customization Kit

If you’re new to customizing Blythes, this is a list of essentials. It’s daunting at first, yes, but you can buy factory dolls and that allows you to take risks and experiment in your creations. Most mistakes can be corrected by adding plastic filler, and with practice, you will start to get the hang of it with the newfound confidence to execute great designs from scratch. 

Creating your own custom one-of-a-kind doll (OOAK) is extremely rewarding. But first things first, if you want to get a really good work studio setup, start with these basics:

  1. X-ACTO (or similar brand) Knife Set these are a wide range of carving tools, scalpels and other cutting instruments for crafts. This is your first buy. With these tools you can fundamentally adapt Blythe’s face by altering the nose size and structure, changing the eye dimensions and eyebrow ridge, defining her lips and adding dimples, etc.
  2. Files and Sandpaper (varied grades) these are the second set of tools for essentially changing a Blythe Doll face. A small file is for altering the contours of her face, sculpting the cheeks and chin and giving her individuality. There is no set approach of a method for doing these alterations, it comes down to keeping her face symmetrical and finding a type of file and a technique that works for you. 
  3. Dremel— filing can become a strain on your hands and so a very useful tool is the dremmel (other brands are available). A Dremel is a mini grinder used for craft projects. It takes a bit of skill to get comfortable with it, but if you can become adept with the device, it will make your workflow a lot easier. It’s a very useful tool to have in the box.
  4. Sculpey — is a brand of polymer clay for model makers. This is used as filler and to change the aesthetic of Blythe’s face, by adding to it rather than by cutting or filing. 
  5. Fixing spray — found in art stores. This is used so that when you apply paint or other colorings to her face as makeup, you can coat them so they don’t fade or disappear.
  6. Watercolor paints — are not as opaque as other types of paint and so are perfect for makeup. Pastels and pencils also make good effects.
  7. Sewing machine — for making clothes. We’ll cover this process in the next post.
  8. But most of all, what you need above all else, is a willingness to experiment artistically according to the image in your mind. This includes a willingness to immerse yourself in the craft, to enjoy the process and not be overly worried that it’s gone wrong or will look bad. Every creative process experiences these pangs of doubt and frustration but you have to ride them out and keep the end in mind. 
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These are just the essentials for Blythe Doll customizing. There are few rules in making art, but one of them is to have the right materials. When you’ve got that in place, then you can work at your best. 

We haven’t even mentioned eyes or garments, and these too will be covered in future posts. So until then, what’s stopping you from getting started in crafting brilliant Blythes. It’s really fun and not at all hard if you have an eye for detail and a vision in mind.

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If you don’t have the time or eye for designing your own custom doll, we always have the most gorgeous One-Of-A-Kind Custom Blythe Dolls as well as the newest Premium Custom Blythe Dolls. From the moment of unboxing until you put her on a show, it will be one of the most mesmerizing experiences you will ever have!

It’s a truly amazing self-gift which is exactly what you need. Hurry up – our custom dolls are so hot and trending that they sometimes find a new home the same day we publish them on our website!

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May 26, 2020

Thanks for information Where can I learn more about using sculpey?

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