You want to sand your Blythe but the last thing you want to do is opening her head!??? Then this is the tutorial you were looking for: Sanding a Blythe without to open her head!
You need a »fine sanding sponge, a crochet hook, tussue paper and love
Please note: This tutorial is also available »in portugues at blythe.com.br – Thanks to Ana and Samara ♥
1. Get her hair out of her face, undress her, cover her body, if you want to, it is not really necessary
2. Unlock the spring with a tiny crochet needle (I use 1,5 mm)
3. Close her eyes with a click (They won’t reopen as you already unlocked the spring), then put her lashes into her eyeholes with the help of the crochet needle or something else. Take care of the eyeshadow if you want to keep it
4. Protect her eyelids and lashes with tissue paper. I use a needle to help getting it into the slit between the eyehole and the lid. Again… be careful about her makeup!
5. Start sanding with very fine grain sanding sponges. To be sure about the grain, first sand a part of her backplate to see the result. If the sanding sponge leave visible scratches, you definitely need a finer grain! The surface should only look velvety and not scratched at all! You won’t see a scratch when using the right grain!!!!
I always begin with her forehead and go on in circles all over her face. Kindly increase the pressure if you can’t see a result.
6. If you want to keep her eyeshadow and blush (see pic below), just sand gently with low pressure up to the corners of her makeup and leave the colour like it is. On her eyeshadow you can try to reduce the shine sanding with no pressure (be CAREFUL) until the shine is gone.
I don’t recommend this method for her blush… sometimes it works (it worked on most of my RBLs but never on SBLs), sometimes not. So you need to decide to keep the blush a bit shiny or reattach it with chalk pastels later. Me for one I prefer the chalk pastel blush. It looks ace and you can decide how much blush you want.
Go on like this until the shine is gone! Be careful at the ends of her lippainting and don’t get bored by sanding her nose. It is the trickiest part and needs attention.
Oh… and don’t forget to sand the backplate, it looks kind of silly when it is still shiny
7. Your dolly should look like this when you are done (remember, I sanded away the blush but kept the eyeshadow and lips). Enjoy her velvet skin!
You may see the difference between the first picture and the last. On the first you still see the light I used to photograph her. I still use the same light in the last piccie but her face doesn’t reflect it anymore. That’s the most wanted effect of sanding a Blythe – she takes much better photos afterwards! I tell you, you will be hooked on sanding!!! heehee…
P.S. Even if I wrote this tutorial, I am not responsible for any damage you cause sanding your Blythe! This is a recommendation only and it works fine when done with love.