Pictured above is eye detail of an obitsu gretel head I did. So now that I’m fully a resin addict, I think the main thing that is making me so is the desire to perfect my doll make-up artistry. When I started out I really had no clue about techniques and materials and just kind of jumped in and my first efforts were definitely just that- first efforts. But now as I see more and more of these kind of dolls, I’m finally opening my eyes to the aesthetics and what makes a good face-up. For example, I adopted this little Lumi and knew her face-up was not stock but wasn’t familiar with the artist Lilykoi
This doll is even more amazing in person and I really just love to study her and the artistry behind her perfect little face. I think grandma will notice a resemblance to a certain little person too…
But it’s really got me wanting to reach this level that this artist is at. The hardest part for me are the eyebrows and lower lashes so I’ve really been trying to learn how these artists get that soft sweeping look. They use different techniques so there isn’t really one way to do it. Here below I tried the pastel shadow and then painted the hairs.
I’m anxious to buy more resin heads and work away at them but that’s not practical just yet. It could get pretty expensive unless I’m sure I’ll be able to sell them. But it is so much fun and gratifying to learn this art and hopefully I can expand on it and get more creative with it.
The resins are truly taking over. Here pictured with my 2 Latis is a MSD sized little girl from Luts. She’s a Kid Delf Bory. I’ve named her Kino after the anime Kino’s Journey. I did the face-up on her and again fussed over the eyebrows quite a bit. I’m finally going to leave them alone and she’s really a cutie. She’s the big sister to the tinies.
So in my title I mention about poor customer service. I had a pretty lousy transaction with an online seller who shall remain nameless. But I will be happy to divulge this information to anyone that asks privately. I decided to track down some Olsen twin dolls hoping to find a body similar to Blythe that could take the special spray paint I got to make a black Blythe. I avoided eBay and went with some unknown through another site that had a collection of online antique stores. The dolls were $6.00 and domestic shipping was $9.00 . Yes that’s right- 2 dolls that come to about 9 oz and they were charging more than the dolls themselves and more than double the actual cost to ship the dolls. What’s more, they didn’t ship it priority mail which would have cost them about $5.00. They state on their site they ship insured parcel post. Well, I finally found out they didn’t ship it insured either. If they shipped it first class package rate it would have cost them $2.70. I’m guessing they shipped it for $2.70.
Now, I know I went in and bought the items knowing the shipping was inflated but I compared it with other sites so I went for it. And that would have been fine if I actually received the package. But it’s a month later and it’s a no show. So that’s when I start to get more than a little annoyed that they charged so much for shipping. When they can’t even shell out the extra 14 cents for delivery confirmation I start to lose sympathy when they give me excuses that they’re trying to recoup their losses in paypal fees, listing fees, inventory fees ect… And I’m no stranger to incurring these fees myself. But what really pushed me over the edge to where I finally filed a paypal claim was their lack of responses to my questions. 2 weeks after I made the purchase I finally contacted them. I asked for a tracking number I think 3 different times and heard nothing. Out of the 5 times I attempted to contact them they responded 3 times. 2 of those 3 times was AFTER I filed the claim. So they had no choice but to refund me. What’s really hilarious is they said they hoped I learned a lesson in shopping with them. I laughed out loud at that response. Yes, I learned more about poor customer service. Thanks! 😉
So here’s the lesson for the rest of us sellers that strive to give excellent customer service. Don’t try to pad your shipping cost so much just because your other fees are cutting into your profit margins. If you’re going to add handling fees then you sure as heck better make sure the customer gets their package and send it with a tracking number so if it does get lost, you can show the customer you sent it and you’re not some fly by night scammer. I’m not going to wait around guessing whether it was really sent or not. I don’t have a crystal ball and I don’t expect my customers to have a crystal ball either and just take my word for it.
If a customer asks questions no matter how stupid and how much you think it is a waste of your time, answer them! And answer them professionally. This seller didn’t act professional in the least. I asked for tracking numbers, I expect a response one way or the other. I didn’t find out there was never a tracking number until after I filed the claim with paypal. That’s a little too late to respond to my questions don’t you think?
Naturally this seller thinks I’m one of those difficult avoid at all costs customers and she made no bones in letting me know that. Again, I had to laugh. I’ve done so many online transactions and have met so many wonderful people both sellers and buyers from all over the world. This is the first deal that went sour. I can say one thing for certain. She doesn’t have to worry about ever getting business from me again. If this seller continues to run business this way I won’t be the only problem customer she’ll ever run across and want to avoid.
And that’s all from the trenches of dolly land. I know all of us doll collectors-especially of the Asian doll variety are quite versed in internet shopping and weighing costs of shipping, exchange fees, reliability of overseas sellers ect… Here’s to more savvy shopping and may you never run accross problem sellers with poor business practices and very poor customer service!
I have so much catching up to do and so much is going on. Here is my latest commission for a customer who wanted a “mini me” She’s a latina Blythe and was previously a Cinnamon Girl. I re-rooted her and gave her make-up and eye chips. I really love how this one came out and find my airbrushing is getting better over time. Still got a ways to go before I get more fancy but hopefully not much further.
Last weekend, I went to my first ABJD meet. It was really neat seeing the other dolls and to get closeups of dolls that I was curious about. I really loved the Luts Delf and Kid Delf that attended. I brought my Puki PIpi and many had been curious to see one up close. The Puki’s are pretty popular tinies nowadays. My Twee Twee Spurred some Puki shopping sprees among some collectors. Here’s Twee Twee in a wig I made her. This is my first one and I’ve get to make some more to get the hang of it. It was hard finding the right size for her so I put one together.
Here’s my little Latis posing with a Dollzone bunny. The animal dolls are getting pretty popular as well
So it’s official. I’m now a resin addict and plan to attend more meets in the future.
I have closed my commission book for a bit so I can get ready for IFDC at the end of July. I took a break in between commissions here and did this Volks Dollfie man head. Then I gave him a razor cut and I think my Momokos are going to fight over him. I’m planning on bringing him IFDC and have some other doll heads to work on so I can offer them up for sale.
So, as I said in my title “famous last words” because in my last post I said I wasn’t into the bigger ball-jointed dolls and then after finishing my face-up on Sooah, I felt like playing with her. I put a black wig on her and she turned completely asian and really cool looking so I going to style her up in more street clothes with a punk goth type theme and will also bring her to the convention. I may even try to make clothes but I’m still a beginner in sewing and have lots to learn. I guess working on Sooah and getting her face-up just right brought out her personality and I guess we “bonded” as they say in the doll world.
Stay tuned for more face-ups on the smaller Obitsu and Volk’s dolls. 🙂
I’ve had 60 cm resin ball-jointed dolls sitting in work pile for some time. Sooah here was a birthday present from hubby- well more like a gift certificate which I picked out this girl thinking I may be interested in a doll this size. But she sai in a box not made-up and here she finally is finished. I think as far as the resin dolls are concerned I prefer the tinies so I’m adopting this one out. I enjoyed doing her face-up though and am trying to hone my skills in that area. I finally got the tricks and techniques and am very pleased with how she came out. I also redid my DIM Persia head…
Again, sitting in the not played with pile so I will also adopt him/her out. I just prefer little dolls and when they get bigger than 11 inches tall, I lose interest. I don’t have the room for dolls this size with little hands wanting to grab and tug so it’s just not practical. They are lovely to look at in pictures so I’ll just enjoy them from that angle.
Working on these dolls was a nice change of pace from re-rooting. I have stuff waiting to be done and will tackle those this weekend. But I have to break it up so as not to get burnt out. Here’s my latest re-root. Just a simple one but less is more sometimes. I also changed her eye color, eyebrow color, added lashes and freckles.
So I just realized I think I’ve had this blog up for a year now. I can’t believe how time flies. I was reminded of this because of a comment on one of my very first 60cm face-ups. Admittingly not my best work but hey, it was my first one. So here’s my latest one. I had his picture up a few days ago but ended up redoing him and like him better now. Not so washed out looking and very sweet and innocent. I re-worked this wig too so that it would be more boyish. Gave it a haircut and turned it on it’s side. I may still get another wig for him as this one is kind of funky.
So today was quite a happy doll day. I finally got Princess a’ La mode after a few months of buying her. She was waiting on the release of Momoko Slow Smile Traditional. That release was delayed quite a bit so PAM now named Midori was waiting in Japan for a while. I guess you can say it was an early Christmas for me. Such colorful girls. Who knew I’d be drawn to fantasy hair color.
I’ve had this head for a while. It’s a DIM Persia head. I was going to give him a face-up and then sell him but decided to keep him. And while I liked this face-up o.k., I started getting nit picky and next thing I know, I almost started over again. I’ll take pics of that tomorrow. He’s waiting on an outfit from Volk’s because he’s got nothing to wear. I got him a track suit because that’s all I can afford at the moment. Man, the clothes for these type of dolls get expensive!!! But they’re very cool. I’ll definitely go for the more rocker punk look I think. We’ll see what strikes me.
In the Blythe world, I got Retro Mama. I just couldn’t take it anymore and had to get her. I sold some things to pay for her and I’m not sorry I had to let some other dolls go. She is so cool. She has this luminescent skin. Very cool. I’m also waiting on Princess Al a Mode. I actually got her in late October but was waiting on Slow Smile Momoko’s release and expect them in one big package from Crescent. Ichigo Heaven is in there as well so it’ll be quite a dolly bonanza. And that’s it for dolls purchases this year. Honest, I swear… Oh wait, I pre-ordered Follow My Back Momoko. But that’s really it. Anyway, here’s a picture of Meringue, my Mrs. Retro Mama aka MRM.
I thought I’d take a fun break and do some quickie photo shoots. Quickie because I maybe get 10 minutes to take these pictures before a living dolly comes along and knocks down the set-up or wants a snack. So here’s my RDP Angel. I’m taking baby steps in the customizing process with these dolls. I made the mistake of trying to open Velvet Minuet’s head and found it didn’t want to and I ended up doing some damage 🙁 So I sent her off to the dolly doctor- Someone who knows all the little ins and outs of Blythe and the slightly different head molds and their individual challenges. So for now I’ll just sand matte and change chips or make-up. I plan to do more as I learn more. I just love the customs I see out there. So many possibilities that I have to learn about this and I’m up for the challenge.
Now here’s Gaz my Sooni Dal. Ain’t she as cute as a button? This series of dolls really remind me of my older daughter. The name Gaz is taken from the animated series Invader Zim. I saw some similarities between Dib’s little sister Gaz and this doll. Although Fiori’s hair matches Gaz hair color which is a purplely color.
Now on to dolly projects, I just finished and listed an Obitsu Gretel head on eBay last night. I went for the natural fresh face or just woke up and rinsed my face look. Click here or on the picture to view or bid.
Well it’s another Friday and time just doesn’t slow down does it. At least it’s a 3 day weekend for us here in the USA with Memorial day weekend. My momoko today is a rerooted commission of Miracle Party Girl. I love her new hair color. I was never wild about this dolls make-up but now it fits her perfectly. She still needs a fleshtone Sekiguchi body so please contact me if interested in selling one. I can then forward to the owner of this lovely head. She’s desperately searching for a body right now.
I’ve been pretty busy with dolly projects with my new Blythe obsession and also just trying to get at least 3 customs listed on eBay a week. Here are my latest obitsu heads. One is a 1/6 size and the other is a Haruka 60cm head.
Poor Anika hasn’t had her picture taken in a while so she’s my momoko of the day. I hope all you moms out there had a wonderful mother’s day. I certainly did. My cute little girls gave me a card. I guess my older one who’s almost 4 dictated to daddy what was written in the card. It said “Thanks for loving me” SO CUTE! Or kawaii!
I also got an eBay gift certificate so I was able to get another Blythe- Piccadilly Encore. For now I’m enjoying all the Blythe pics at places like flickr. So many and boy do they get expensive! I’ll just stick with the newer less special ones for now. I look forward to tweaking on them.
I have a new Obitsu Gretel head up on eBay tonight. Click here or on the picture to view or bid.