Friday, November 26, 2010

Blythe Doll Care & Tips ( Stains & Storage )

There is so much information out there concerning Blythe doll tips and care that I thought that I would combine what I learned from my own experience over the years and all that I found out from researching the web into this single blog.

Storage - When storing blythe dolls it seems that often there is a chemical reaction with plastics that causes melting. So when storing or traveling with your dolls, please be sure that the doll is not touching other plastic (stands, shoes - especially Rosebuds, dolls arms & legs, etc.). Plastic from the face has even melted when the legs of another doll has touched, so please do not store together or any other part touching will melt the doll if stored, it is ideal not to put the dolls together and keep separate. I wouldn't even store the doll contacting the dolls own arms and/or legs to the face. Some even wrap their dolls in a piece of cotton.

Stains - Please be careful of denim, tights and black & red clothing. They are problematic so even if you do the best to treat them, the stains may still occur. If you have your doll wear something for a very long period of time, please check arms and legs periodically for staining. Be especially careful of stockings and tights.

Color Treat Blythe Doll Clothes Before Wear - If new Blythe doll clothes were not pre-treated, ask seller first, then pre-soak them in a mixture of a generous amount of vinegar and water.

How To Treat Blythe Doll Arm & Leg stains - If stains do occur, please don't worry because they usually do come out. It's understandable that it's upsetting so when it happens but all your doll needs is a little spa time. Mr. Clean magic eraser, dish soap, and/or pimple cream are the top 3 methods used. I would start with the dish soap first, especially for light stains, because most everyone has it in their homes and it's the easiest to obtain. Sunlight is what I recommend because of the lemon, my father even used it when he worked as a tailor because it is really effective in treating stains in clothing also.




Others have used pimple cream, most use Oxy 10 and others have used Neutrogena and sunlight dish soap. They claim that all they had to do was apply the acne cream to the stained area and then leave dolly in a window for a couple days. The stain may need a few more treatments so use your discretion because you may feel that you will need to re-apply the acne cream and put in the window again. Repeat this process until it is gone. Pimple creams use bensoylperoxid and salicyl acid to break down the stain so please be careful when using it because it may eat away at the plastic. I have used the Magic Eraser on stubborn Kenner dirt and it worked, I just made sure to rinse the area I treated really well after I used it. I would probably do the same for the other methods too in order to stop the chemicals from reacting with the plastic. Proof of this is after magic eraser or pimple treatment you may not see any results, but people have reported that after a couple weeks later the stain is gone because some of the chemical may have absorbed into the plastic, so make sure you rinse well so that not too much does.

Tips Getting boots on - Coat the leg in baby powder so your doll's legs will slip right into boots. Please be aware that some boots stain too and some shoes even melt so I suggest always putting some white cotton stockings on your dolls when they are wearing dark shoes or boots.

Trouble getting a sweater on - Difficult to get a sweaters past your dolls fingers? Try putting a sock over the hand while you put on trouble sleeves. I have also pinned up the dolls hair when putting on a sweater, top or dress on.

Gum or glue in Blythe Doll hair? - ICE! It even works great for human hair. Just treat the spot until goop is very cold then simply and carefully pick off.

Water on Takara Blythe Eyelashes - don't panic! Try to save those suckers by dabbing with a paper towel and leave it alone to dry.

Kenner Hair Falling Out - Do not fuss with it and leave it alone. If you want the original hair do not keep brushing and brushing it. A very sweet girl on a blythe forum noticed her KB's hair was fine and she kept touching it and it seemed that she made it worse by constantly touching it :( Don't feel bad because there was a happy ending! She actually gave the doll a mohair re-root and it looked fabulous. Bald Kenners are fixed up this way too with mohair or with saran. I've never seen a Kenner I didn't love!

Know when to get help.  Sometimes you shouldn't do it yourself if you are not feeling it or don't really have a DIY bone in your body.  There are a lot of talented pros out there that offer Blythe doll restoration &/or spa services for a good price.  Check their reviews and if they don't have any ask for testimonials. 


Love, A xo
BigEyedbuyscom

Monday, November 8, 2010

Fall Fantasy, When Stunning Fantasy Hair Color Blythe Dolls Meet Vibrant Fall Colors.


I was hit with inspiration last week when I was looking out into my back yard to notice all the vibrant fall colors and immediately think of my fantasy hair color Blythe dolls.

The blue haired Blythe doll featured above is a Takara Blythe Asian Butterfly. There are two versions of AB, EBL and SBL. Both are out of production and a bit rare, though the EBL version is more so because the mold is no longer in existence. Other than the face mold difference and price (EBL is worth more and more rare), the only other thing is the 2 hair pom pom colors. They are both very cute. Pandora is wearing a Sugar Mag Blythe doll dress, I believe. You can't see her Blythe doll boots but they were purchased using BigEyedBuys.com






The bright red haired girl is a Rouge Noir Takara Blythe doll with an EBL face mold. No other face molds were made of this particular Takara Blythe. Dressed in a Takara Blythe doll stock Aztec BL Blythe top, Takara Step in Time shoe set orange boots and the skirt was purchased off of the Buy and Sell section on Plastic Paradise Forum, now Blythe Kingdom.

All fantasy hair color Blythe dolls are reproductions unless a vintage Kenner Blythe doll is wearing a wig or if the doll had a re-root. 72s that had a mohair re-root using fantasy hair colors are really stunning. It's so amazing what Blythe fans are capable of! You can catch a glimpse of these on Blythe Kingdom Forum or Flickr.com. Maybe just do a search if you want to save time.

I am looking forward the winter because I am going to take more pictures of my lovely back yard. I am very lucky to live in beautiful Toronto, Ontario where we have 4 seasons :) If you are from a place that doesn't might I suggest you come and visit us www.toronto.com has great information for people planning trips here. Maybe you can come to a local Blythe doll meet too because there are several enthusiasts :)

Thanks so much for your time!

Love, Axo
BigEyedBuys.com

Friday, September 10, 2010

Stolen Blythe Doll Pics For Possible Scam Sale!

Blythedrops sent me a pm on Flickr the other day inquiring if the two pictures on another person's account were mine. Then more pms followed with the same question. They in fact were my pictures and I also noticed that this person listed that the doll was for sale! I was very concerned because I did not want anyone to get ripped off so I proceeded to post right on the stolen pics! I stated that the pics were mine, the doll featured was in my possession and was not for sale! SapphireSA / Sweetheart Accessories is what the person is going by. I also posted on Plastic Paradise forum because I think a lot of people frequent that site. I rarely go on lj or any other dolly forums anymore so I decided to post on Flickr & Plastic Paradise because I find a lot of Blythers are active there. I am so glad that I did that because a member that sent this person money via PayPal that day was able to report them right away. Paypal stated that they would in fact get their money back! Hopefully this will never happen again but if it does I will do the exact same thing but post a link on PP to my Blogspot. Below are the two links to the pictures that were stolen.


http://tinyurl.com/2dwk7v5


http://tinyurl.com/2ft98ye



Hugs,
A xo

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Circle Contact Lense Craze To Look Like Lady Gaga & Blythe Dolls


Big Blythe Doll Circle Eyes


I'm not sure if anyone has seen the news lately but even before then on the Plastic Paradise forum there was a thread regarding the latest circle contact trend.

Optometrists have deemed these contacts dangerous because they may scratch the cornea but a lot of the girls wearing them still don't care cause they feel that they really look cute wearing them.

I think they look neat but not enough to risk my eyes! Hopefully one day they will be able to release them with no risk to the wearer. All contacts have some risk if you do not ensure they are clean or wear them for too long. If you search the web you can find the specific risks. I actually found a great link from Health Canada that offers a lot of great info that people who are considering them should check out first: http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/lenses-lentilles-eng.php

By the way, Lady Gaga had her eyes CGI'd (Computer-generated imagery) in the video Bad Romance but Blythe dolls eyes are all natural lol

Now I doubt that Gaga could have had her eyes look that large even with those circle contacts. I Googled "circle contact" in the image section and the girls wearing them their eyes did not look as big.

I actually need glasses to watch movies and tv because I'm near sited. I hope contact manufactures can make safe contacts with those big circle lenses soon.

Thanks for reading!

A xo BigEyedBuys.com

Friday, June 4, 2010

Blythe Dolls Up North In Ontario, Canada

My Blythe dolls love to travel with me! Our latest trip was up north to a cottage on the lake. It was so beautiful and peaceful. Lots of fresh air and nature too.

The follwing pictures of my BL Takara Kozy Cape Blythe doll (red hair) and my BL Takara Mondrian Blythe doll (Blond). They are rare blythe dolls because the BL face mold is no longer in production. They were made in 2001 by Hasbro, a reproduction of the 1972 Kenner Blythe dolls.





Love, A xo
BigEyeBuys.com


Friday, May 14, 2010

Custom Blythe Dolls



When I first wanted a custom blythe doll I had to determine if I was going to buy an already customized doll, or if I was going to send one of my blythe dolls to a customizor, or if I was going to do it myself. Sending a doll away in the post costs but buying an already customized doll would only cost me one way shipping and you can usually find great deals for already completed customs. I decided to buy a cheap blythe doll and go ahead and try it myself! It was for me the best choice because not only was it the most frugal, but it was the most fun!

I purchased a brand new blythe doll for only $65 US plus shipping. The reason was because the doll was so abundant and the face plate was still in mass production. You can also consider buying a used blythe doll or a nude blythe doll for even more savings. Some people even customize fake or factory blythe dolls even before touching a real blythe doll.

I got a lot of tips online from blythe doll tutorials, websites, forums and other Blythe doll fans with customizing experience. If you don't like dolls with imperfections then I wouldn't recommend customizing your own doll because things might happen. If you couldn't stand having a custom with imperfections then buy an already custom doll or send it away to be customized.

I purchased some blythe doll eye chips and I already had some foil that I received from a friend when at a Toronto Blythe doll meet. I used the foil to put behind existing stock blythe doll chips by simply cutting the foil to the identical size of the chip and placed it behind.

I used the glue stick method to remove the original eye chips. You must use extreme caution when doing this because it involves using a flame. Children should always ask their parents before doing any customization to their dolls because you will need their assistance. What you will require is a glue stick, lighter, and tape. First tape your Blythe doll's eyelashes to protect them. I used painters tape because it wasn't as sticky and didn't pull out any of the Blythe dolls lashes. Next I heated the glue and when the top looked gooey I simply stuck it to the chip I wanted to foil or replace. You must wait a couple minutes or so before pulling the chip. It may take several tries to get it. Some people soak their Takara Blythe dolls in a bucket of warm soapy water overnight before attempting this but the dolls eyelashes will fall out.

Once you remove the chips you can simply pop in the new chips, but some people like to put a dab of glue on the back part tab to secure them. I never did but I think I should because the chips have fallen out in the back of Blythe's head. If the chips fall out into the head region you can unscrew the two screws in the back of the head and gently shake them out but be careful you don't upset the eye mechanism.

For the makeup I used Acrylic paint for the lips because with a little warm soapy water you can remove it easily if you mess up and it lasts. Some seal the lips to give it longer life. Some use Interior or exterior craft varnish in satin, gloss, or matte depending on the desired result. For that gooey look you can use water color pencil first and then seal if desired. For the eyeshadow and blush I used non toxic pastel chalk. I simply applied the chalk on some paper (great when blending colors or) and then use Q Tips and cotton balls to apply.

I am going to replace the Blythe doll pull ring next. There are tons of styles and colors to choose from. I really like the Eiffel Tower or a pink bobble for my Candy Custom Blythe.

For the hair I purchased a blythe doll wig because that mohair weave method is such a pain! Custom Blythe Doll supplies are here.   I might buy a Blythe doll weft mohair piece and sew in the rest of the original scalp otherwise the hair may never get done. I'd rather watch paint peel than spend so much time hand weaving the hair. If you don't mind the time and effort then this YouTube Tutorial is really great.



The best tutorials I feel are on YouTube because you can most usually witness the actual Blythe customization in progress. Everything from lip carving to mohair dying.

Customizing is a lot of fun but I highly recommend that you start on a cheap fake or cheap used blythe doll first. Plus there are a lot of Blythe fans with tons of experience willing to help you. Plastic Paradise is a great Blythe doll forum that can help bridge you to some of these people.

You can also hire an experienced customizer with positive reviews.  Always make sure you agree upon the price and payment options.  Never pay with a gift pay or money order in my opinion.  Ask about deposits because the majority request them and if you don't keep up your end you will most likely forfeit it.  I find that with great communication and by using PayPal you should be on your way to owning a great custom blythe doll!

Best!
Annablythedoll xo
BigEyedBuys.com 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Blythe Doll Spring Fling 2010

I just love spring time and one of my favorite pastimes is photographing my Blythe dolls outdoors in nature and while I'm traveling.

We were lucky to get a warm spell and I noticed some beautiful purple flowers in my garden. I knew right away which blythe doll I was going to feature and in which dress.

I selected an Ashton Drake Blythe doll Medieval Mood I named Sophia, wearing a vintage PJ Barbie flower dress. I couldn't have planned it better. The orange in the dress brought out the orange in the center of the flowers and the purple flower petals brought out the lovely purple flowers in the orange dress.














I'm not sure how I come up with these concepts but what helps is that I don't take it too seriously. I see some pics that have the perfect things but the end result is a bit too much like other people's pictures. Just have fun with it and even if the shots aren't unique at least you can put your own spin on it.

I'm not saying my pics are great but my sister in law did tell me that she felt my shots were better than the ones she saw in books and mags. I was extremely flattered and even though she may have just been being nice cause she's family it's still made me feel great and that's what it should all be about.

You can store your pics for free at Flickr.com but your are limited. If you do not want any restrictions then a paid pro account would be your best bet. Flickr is more than photo storage, it's also a social network and the Blythe community is strong on there and it's fun.

I started a thread on the Plastic Paradise forum called Blythe doll Spring Fling. Plastic Paradise is my most favorite Blythe forum so please feel free to join and add your Blythe spring pics too





I hope you enjoyed my blog and pictures. If you have any questions please feel free to comment here.

Love, A xo BigEyedBuys.com