Restoration fo Elfdoll Soah

Dye Removal Process on Elfdoll Soah

I originally posted this on my LiveJournal ten years ago (10!! omg it’s been 10 years!) when I had the opportunity to purchase an Elfdoll Soah from a friend who had sent her out to be dyed. When he got her back, the dye job was extremely uneven and streaky.

At the time, I had been wanting a Soah for years and the opportunity was just too good to pass up. So I jumped! …. haha, that’s a lie… I grabbed her up so fast it would have made your head spin!

I didn’t know quite what I was getting into, though.

Unfortunately, when it came to record-keeping, I didn’t fully think things through. When I received her, I didn’t have her in my apartment for more than 5 minutes before I started the process of removing the purple dye. That means I only have photos of purple-dyed doll parts rather than the full doll.

Apologies in advance for the size of the photos. Keep in mind, this was originally posted in 2009, and posted images were a lot smaller back then…

Streaky Purple Doll Parts

The dye job was so uneven and streaky over her entire body and face. I only have a couple of pictures of some of the body parts showing just how bad it was – but imagine this over the entire doll!

Elfdoll Soah Purple Parts
Streaky purple doll parts!
Elfdoll Soah Purple Parts
You can see how uneven the dye job was on these pieces.

The Scrubbing Process

A friend of mine came over and we started the dye removal process by soaking her in Windsor & Newton Brush Cleaner and Restorer and using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to scrub her down. Surprisingly, this (along with elbow grease!) actually took off most of the dye!

Elfdoll Soah Body Soaking in Windsor & Newton Brush Cleaner and Restorer
Elfdoll Soah’s body soaking in a bowl of Windsor & Newton Brush Cleaner & Restorer.
Elfdoll Soah Dye Removal In Progress
Most of the dye was removed with W&N Brush Cleaner and a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

Mostly Cleaned Head + Dyed Body Parts

Elfdoll Soah Head and Body Comparison
Comparison of the mostly cleaned head and the still-dyed body parts.

Sanding, Sanding, and More Sanding

Elfdoll Soah Sanding
Sanding, sanding, sanding….
Elfdoll Soah Sanding In Progress
Progress!

Dye Removal Complete!

After much scrubbing and sanding, and even more sanding and scrubbing, she was declared done! There was still purple dye inside her stringing channels that we couldn’t reach, but overall, she came out looking fabulous!

Elfdoll Soah Fully Restored
Fully restored!
Elfdoll Soah Restored Next to Windsor and Newton Cleaner
Here she is next to the bowl of W&N Brush Cleaner.
Elfdoll Soah Fully Restored Closeup
And here she is closer up!

Volks SD10 Mimi

I’ve been having so much fun doing face-ups lately. One of my favorites that I’ve done lately is my Volks SD10 Mimi – she came out so adorable!

And to think I was contemplating selling this girl… it’s amazing the change a faceup can make!

Before her new faceup….

Gretta - Volks SD10 Mimi

 

And after her new faceup…

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I’m seriously so enamored with this girl. And so thankful I didn’t sell her! <3

Accepting Faceup Commissions!

I have opened up for face-up commissions again!

Ever since I moved back to Minnesota, I have been having a ton of fun painting & repainting my dolls again. I almost forgot how much I truly enjoy customizing dolls, but I can’t afford all the dolls I’d love to paint…. so commissions are open. 🙂

It’s been a while since I have officially taken faceup commissions, but I can’t wait to get started.

I have  added a page for my commission info and how to contact me. If you’re interested in a faceup, simply fill out the form and I will get back to you with a confirmation and where to send your doll(s).

Would you like to see some of my work? Head over to the Gallery page to check out more examples.

Souldoll Soulkid Aru

Back in 2011 (I think!) I inquired with one of our local doll collectors about an old SoulDoll Aru she was selling, and was the recipient of amazing generosity!

At the time, I received a 2003 or 2004 (not 100% sure) SoulKid Aru from one of our local collectors – for FREE! Aru was discontinued prior to 2005, and was definitely showing some age. She was pretty yellowed and needed a new face up for sure.

You may recall my grand plans to do some heavy modding to make her into an automaton (this post). And while I would have loved to move forward with that plan, I had bigger plans for this girl instead.

My sister has been getting more and more interested in BJD over the past several years, but has never been able to pull the trigger to get one of her own.

When she would show me pictures of dolls she liked, I started to notice a trend of slightly pouty girls – not too sad, but definitely with a slight pout. I realized this was the same sort of look SoulKid Aru has.

It took a bit of courage to finally attack her with acetone to finish cleaning her up. Whatever sealant SoulDoll used back in the day was definitely meant to stay!

I then packed her up and took her with me to Minnesota when I went a couple of weeks ago.

In the meantime, I had ordered eyes and elastic so I could finish her. These items were due to arrive that same week I was in MN so the plan was to finish her up and give her to my sister when we met for lunch.

Yeah – the post office hates me. Kind of.

The items arrived the day I left to come back to Illinois. So my sister did not get her that week. She didn’t know about her, though, so no biggie. Just a bit of frustration on my end.

So I came back to Illinois, finished her up, and mailed her to my sister. It was so tempting to keep her! She turned out soo cute! But my sister deserves her more and I couldn’t wait for her to get her.

And, after all that, I can present Lalee!

Lalee - SoulKid Aru

And her faceup a bit closer up…


TL;DR: Got a doll for free (OMG). Abandoned my original plans to mod her and gave her to my sister instead. Sister loves her. 😀

Face-up Fun

I forgot how much I like doing face ups! I was able to finish a few over the past week or so and I can honestly say, I think I want to get back to doing them on a more regular basis <3

I did a face up on a friend’s Dollshe boy (Ebony Bernard). His lips came out super shiny which makes him look über feminine. But his owner loves him so I left it. If I get the chance, I may do a quick spray of ZM spray to lessen the shine.

Bernard

The same owner also had me do a face-up on his relatively obscure RML 01. Real Missing Link dolls are pretty hard to find now, but I love them! Love this guy!

RML

I was also able to finish up my modded ResinSoul Song. I got him in a trade quite some time ago with the intent of cleaning him up and selling him. Now, I’m not so sure… he’s so stinkin’ cute!

Song