I recently acquired what is known in the BJD (ball jointed doll) world as a “floating head”.  That is a doll head without any body.  The head itself was part of event held by the Luts Doll Company in Winter 2012 (which would make it summer here but probably around Christmas) usually during an event like that when customers purchase a doll or items from the company within a specific price range, they get a free head.  It is usually blank, but you can opt to pay for a face up.

Inara (the head) did not want me to post any photos of her without eyes, hair, or other appendages, but I thought that this may be useful for someone.  I was going to wait (for her sake) until she was a full doll, but I had already wrote this post 3 weeks ago, so am biting the bullet.

Inara Without Lashes (KDF Winter 2012 Event head)

Inara Without Lashes (KDF Winter 2012 Event head)

I received Inara, with a beautiful default face-up from her previous owner and maybe because she was just a head and she had no eyes at the time, I noticed that her eyelashes on her left eye were not as consistent as those on her right.  They might have been missing or maybe just a few too short or something like this. Viewing her directly on, you couldn’t see this.

I knew I had to learn to take them off and then put them on again (well put new ones on anyway).  I went to the super cheap shop near my bus stop where I leave to go home after work and got a pair of human size false eyelashes.  I had read and seen instructions that showed owners who just trimmed these to size both lengthways and width ways.

I gogglified how to remove bjd eyelashes and found this tutorial by the makers of Inara so proceded to follow those directions and true to the video, I did see the glue become visible on moistening and I was able to pull it off without any effect whatsoever to her beautifully lined eyes.

Then as per instructions on a few sites followed this basic procedure:

What you need:
1- New Eyelashes (mine were adult sized)
2- Some acetone (don’t touch dolly with this, it is used to remove the glue from the new eyelashes via soaking)
3- scissors to trim the eyelash to size
4- tacky glue – any friendly safe glue that dries clear should work
5- toothpicks, tweezers or other helpy things that make you touch or work with tiny things without swearing a lot

Step 1 – Soak the new lashes in the acetone to remove the glue
Step 2 – after sufficient soaking remove the eyelash and clean it off (tissue, cotton wool, paper towel – something cleany)
Step 3 – remove head back and place somewhere safe
Step 4- measure out how much of the eyelash you need for each eye and snip it to size with the scissors
Step 5 – Apply a small (small… did I say small?!) amount of friendly glue onto the eyeline with your toothpick, from the front of the head and a teeny small amount via the back of head just behind the eyeline
Step 6 – depending on the type of glue you have, wait a few secs for it to become tacky or dash like hell to get the lashes on before it is already dried
Step 7 – Use your teeny placement tool (a toothpick is fine for this) to smoosh the eyelash into the glue ensuring that the eyelashes are facing the right direction.  You probably have a minute or so (again glue dependent) to get it in the right position to your liking without messing it up.

If you do mess it up, buy spare lashes so you can redo the whole process. They are not expensive and who wants a wonky eye or wonky eyelashes!

So I did all this and thought wow, that wasn’t so bad… now they are super long for a dolly I will just trim them… Not the best idea for me.  You may be awesome at trimming eyelashes to the right length and having them stay ‘normal looking’ I am not so lucky.  Mine looked like I decided to mow it with a mower… all stiff and scary.

Inara with Badly Trimmed Lashes

Inara with Badly Trimmed Lashes

So today, I actually went online and ordered some I thought I would like for a reborn doll (just typing that makes me get a shiver down my spine)  – Sorry reborn lovers – those babies scare me a little.  I know I collect dolls… how could I be creeped out by them, but they do… creep me out.

And then I repeated the process with the new lashes – Actually I ended up trimming the new lashes too, but only a few individual lashes, so they ended up looking much better.

Inara New Lashes

Inara New Lashes

And then I purchased some gorgeous enchanted doll eyes for her (16mm Milky #43) and here she is in all her current beauty (but still waiting for her body and wig.

Inara with Enchanted Doll Milky #43 Eyes

Inara with Enchanted Doll Milky #43 Eyes

She has a type 2 face up from the original event. QBerry was being very cheeky and made sure that she picked on Inara about having no hair and about being taller than her.  (She doesn’t really get a chance to lord it over all the taller girls so I let her.)

Inara and QBerry

Inara and QBerry

Goodnight Wherever you Are!