Step-by-Step Guide to Sanding and Carving a Blythe Doll

Step-by-Step Guide to Sanding and Carving a Blythe Doll


Customizing Blythe dolls through sanding and carving can create unique and beautiful results. Here’s a detailed step-by-step guide to help you through the process.

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Materials Needed

  • Blythe doll
  • Sandpaper (various grits: 400, 800, 1000, 1500, 2000)
  • Carving tools (X-Acto knife, carving blades)
  • Protective gear (mask, gloves)
  • Soft cloth
  • Water and mild soap

Step 1: Preparing the Doll

  1. Remove the Head: Carefully unscrew the screws at the back of the doll’s head and gently separate the front and back plates.
  2. Remove the Eye Mechanism: Take out the eye mechanism and set it aside.
  3. Remove Makeup: If the doll has factory makeup, use acetone or a gentle makeup remover to clean the face. Be cautious not to damage the plastic.

Step 2: Sanding

  1. Start with Coarser Grit: Begin sanding the face with 400-grit sandpaper to remove the shiny factory finish. Sand in a circular motion to avoid leaving scratches.
  2. Progress to Finer Grits: Gradually move to finer grits (800, 1000, 1500, 2000) to smooth the surface. The goal is to create a matte finish.
  3. Rinse and Check: Occasionally rinse the face with water to remove sanding dust and check for smoothness. Ensure the surface is even and free of shine.

Step 3: Carving

  1. Plan Your Design: Decide on the areas you want to carve, such as the nose, lips, and philtrum. Sketch the design lightly on the doll’s face if needed.
  2. Start with Basic Shapes: Use an X-Acto knife or small carving tools to make initial cuts. Carve gently to outline the basic shapes of the features.
  3. Refine the Details: Gradually deepen and refine the cuts. Pay close attention to symmetry and smoothness. Take your time to avoid mistakes.
    • Nose: Carve the nostrils and shape the bridge and tip.
    • Lips: Define the upper and lower lips, creating the desired pout or smile.
    • Philtrum: Carve the small groove between the nose and upper lip.

Step 4: Smoothing and Finishing

  1. Sand the Carved Areas: Use fine-grit sandpaper (1000-2000) to smooth the carved areas. Be gentle to maintain the details.
  2. Polish the Surface: Use a soft cloth to buff the face gently. This will help to remove any remaining rough spots and give a final smooth finish.

Step 5: Cleaning and Preparing for Makeup

  1. Clean the Face: Wash the doll’s face with mild soap and water to remove any dust and residue. Let it dry completely.
  2. Inspect the Work: Check for any imperfections or areas that need further sanding or carving. Make any necessary adjustments.
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