Customizing Level: Beginner
For this project you will need:
- Exacto blade or other razor
- Phillips head screwdriver
(if installing new chips)
- Water based glue
- SOMETHING to file down an eyechip with (dremel, sandpaper, file) if doing Blythe chips
Changing eyes, swapping wigs, and switching out bodies are the 3 most often done and easiest customizations for Pullips. It is very easy to achieve a unique look to your doll without ever touching her makeup. If you’re switching your dolls’ eyes for another dolls, you won’t need anything else. If you are installing a set of eyechips you have bought from a manufacturer that sells pullip sized chips, such as Coolcat, you won’t have to do any resizing of the chip. If you are trying to install Blythe chips, you will have to resize them by sanding 1mm of the rim off of the eye chip, as Blythe chips are 14mm and Pullip chips are 12mm. These days you can get a huge variety of Pullip chips ready-made, but there are still a few styles that can only be gotten in Blythe size.
Open up the head and remove the eyemech. (See the Head Opening tutorial)
First you’re going to need to figure out whether your doll has eye chips or eye rubbers. All type 1 & 2 dolls have rubbers. All type 4 dolls and Dals have chips. Type 3 dolls and Taeyangs came with chips or rubbers, and there’s a very easy way to tell which: Poke the eye with your finger. It if gives, it’s a rubber, if it’s hard, it’s a chip. Low tech, but works.
This video shows how to remove rubbers and chips, and it’s not very long.
Now… you need something to put in the hole you now have where the old eyechips used to be. The options are many.
Aren’t they pretty? Blythe chips used to be the only option, and there are still a lot more variety of Blythe chips than Pullip Chips. Check the Shop List for places that sell chips. If you got Blythe chips, follow the next set of directions, otherwise skip to the end.
Unfortunately, Blythe eye holes are 14mm wide and Pullip eye holes are 12mm wide. To fit, you must either enlarge the Pullip eye holes by carving the socket or make the blythe chips smaller by getting rid of 1mm around the edge. It’s a lot easier to screw up carving the eye socket, and a lot harder to replace, so the chips are generally the best choice. The nice thing about blythe chips is that there is a clear rim around the textured part of the chip that is EXACTLY 1mm all around, so all you need to do is to remove the clear part and you have a chip that fits!
How do you file it down? I use a dremel. You can get a craft dremel for about $20 that will do the trick. Because dremels are high powered, if you don’t have very steady hands, a little twitch could take a gouge out of your chips. You can also use a file or coarse sandpaper. This will take a while, but it will also give you better control. Wet sanding works faster than dry sanding.
Depending on the chips you use, the chip may still poke out a bit on the eye, about 1/2mm. If you want to get rid of that, you can file the chips at an angle so that the back side of the chip is slightly smaller than the front side.
To set the chip, put a light coating of glue around the rim of the chip before you put it into the eye socket.
There’s lots of things you can do to pretty up transparent chips you just can’t do with stock chips and rubbers. You can put foil on the back, glitter, paint, paper, or even marker Try experimenting to get the look that you like best.