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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Dreaming of dolls...

So... do you dream of BJDs? I do. And apparently I do better than that! Last weekend, I did some shopping in the night as well. I've been doing much better this year (or at least I had been, until now) with budgeting--taking my own advice and selling dolls before purchasing new ones, and doing careful planning as to which dolls would be next on my list, instead of just piling up dolls in my cabinet.

Imagine my surprise and embarrassment when I awoke Monday morning to a sizable charge on my Paypal account for the lovely white skin Aria, with make-up style A, small bust, no mobility joint. Just like I'd planned, I might add. However, I'd planned to order her once my current dolls had sold on the marketplace--which they have not yet. Ugh!

I could have cancelled the order, but after a rather painful conversation with my DH, I decided to go ahead and keep her. I believe it will be about five months before she ships anyway, and chances are, my other dolls will have sold by then--I hope.

Ack! This is a bad, bad thing--when the obsession with BJDs carries over from just dreaming of dolls to buying dolls in my sleep. I wish I would restring them or suede them instead! That would be so much more practical. ;)


  1. Oops! LOL!
    Aria is sooo pretty! I can't wait to see your pictures of her. Do the promo pictures show her in white or normal skin?
    I'm thinking about saving up for JID Tania once I get a job. She's so cute!

    P.S. I tried moistening my Privera's dry eye putty, and it worked! Basically, I rubbed the putty around on my damp hands, so it would pick up moisture without getting saturated. It worked like a charm!
    Now the only problem I'm having is that she can't stand very well. :( The tension on her stringing seems just fine, but her ankles keep buckling. I tried sueding them, but it didn't make a difference. Any ideas?

  2. That's great, Kate! I'm glad the eye putty thing worked for you.

    Hmm about the ankles. I haven't had a problem with Goodreau girls standing before. I'm wondering if it is possibly a tension issue--which would be an issue, since their stringing is a little difficult to fix. They are strung with O-rings in their legs and arms, so it's a trick to restring them. The company will do it for you for free, if you are willing to ship them to the company, however.

    My next best suggestion would be to hot-glue her ankle joint (for sueding). If she is having slippage at her ankle joint, perhaps adding something at the joint to give her a little extra grip would help. Moleskin suede would work, too, but it's a bit thick for a doll that small. Use a low-temp hot glue gun, and the clear hot glue sticks. You don't have to unstring--just pull apart the doll at the joint you want to hot glue, and add a dab of glue on the concave part of the joint (not the ball joint). Run a piece of thick paper around the glue to sort of flatten it out, while the glue is still hot, to get it nice and smooth, and hold the joint apart while it's drying.

    You should be able to peel off the entire piece of hot glue from the resin once it's all dry, as well, without damaging your doll, too.

    Volks sells things called Kips, which are little silicone discs, that would probably also help. You slide them on at the ankle joint (though how to get them on without restringing might be a bit of a trick). :)

    I hope this helps a little!

  3. Oh yes--I think the promo photos of Aria show her in normal skin. I'm pretty excited to see her in a white skin version. Iplehouse white is so very delicate! :)

  4. Does Goodreau still offer the restringing service? Their sight has been taken down since they're no longer in business, so I can't find the information for the doll hospital. :(

    I tried sueding her with the moleskin, but it didn't seem to make any difference. Her ankle joint is also sort of small, and while I don't necessarily have large fingers, it was hard to get the moleskin inside properly. The hot glue is an interesting idea, though. I'll think about trying that.
    It's just odd, though, because it seems like her stringing's fairly tight otherwise. I can get her to stand after a bunch of fidgeting and adjusting, and then she will stand for a few second before slowly falling forward, bending at the ankle. Hmmm... :(

    Thank you for all of your help, though! I'll have to see if we have a hot glue gun around. :)

    Thank you again!

    --Kate :)

  5. By the way, I'm just curious: Do Iplehouse dolls come strung, with good tension right out of the box, or do you have to tighten them yourself once you receive them?

    --Kate :)

  6. Hmm. About Goodreau--I'd contact MiM--the Make It Mine dolls, and see if they might be able to help you: It's the new company, and they might be able to refer you or at least be able to help you out with your Goodreau (it's Paulette's new company). My guess is the resin is just slippery, if she is pretty tight otherwise, so perhaps try the hot glue first? (Plus, you'll save on shipping, too.) Just make sure it's the low-temp kind.

    As far as brand new IH dolls--I don't own one (yet) but I'll be able to tell you shortly, I hope. I do have one that is a few months old, I believe, and she is perfect!

  7. Hey, speaking of MiM, do you happen to know if their clothes and shoes fit Privera or any other MSDs? Or if not BJDs, could they fit Ellowyne Wilde? I have a half-dozen Ellowynes who are begging me for more clothing options. :)



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