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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Mostly-Text BJD Repair Tutorial

Sometimes dolls get cracked or broken. This sucks. Sometimes you can order replacement parts from the company, but other times you can't (you bought it second hand, too expensive, it's a recast, it's sold out, etc). You CAN fix your doll and make it good as new.

What you need:

Milliput or other Epoxy, Super glue, or epoxy glue
Tools to spread the milliput
fine sandpaper

Epoxy is amazing stuff. You can make pretty much anything out of it, you can sculpt it, modify it once it's dry, and paint over it.

Step 1:
Wash your hands, your work area, and your doll thoroughly. There is little worse than getting little bits of lint stuck in your epoxy after it's dried. Epoxy also best adheres to a clean, dry surface.

Step 2:
Next, take a look at the piece that needs fixing. If it is a piece that has fallen off, you'll need either epoxy or superglue (superglue can yellow and lose strength with age, so I recommend epoxy). If it's a crack, you'll want epoxy. I did use superglue in a panic to fix my Lorina's broken wrist ball, but I glued the wrist ball to my fingers and have some ugly dirty marks on the glue now. So far it's holding up fine though.

Miliput repair tutorial
Mixin' putty
For cracks: I apply epoxy (mix it according to the instructions on the package) to the inside of the piece, not the outside. Epoxy usually dries white, and I would hate having to blush a knee or something. Placing the epoxy on the inside of the piece insures that the crack or hole is reinforced.

Thicker cracks may require you to fill in the gap with a little epoxy.

For broken pieces: If a finger or something has fallen off, you can reattach the piece with superglue. I hate superglue. It kills me. I get it stuck to my fingers and it burns and I cry and scrub until I get my fingers apart. Use epoxy if you can. Apply a thin layer of epoxy and set the pieces together. You may have to hold them for a bit until the epoxy starts to dry.

Step 3:
Miliput repair tutorial

Example of a cracked knee cap reinforced with epoxy.
Let it dry for 24hrs or the length of time recommended on the package. Thicker applications may take longer to dry.

Step 4:
Once fully dry, you can sand and bevel the epoxy until you have a nice, smooth surface. You may then paint over it or just leave it be.


Here is an example of a bad eye mod repaired (for the most part) with epoxy:

Miliput repair tutorial

(You can also see his new look here.)

And here is an example of using epoxy to fix my Lorina's broken neck: 

Miliput repair tutorial

Here is an awesome video on using epoxy to mod a doll. 


  1. will any epoxy brand would work?

    1. yes it should. I prefer miliput personally. :)

  2. How and what do you use to paint the epoxy to skin-like color?

    1. You can tint epoxy once it's mixed with acrylic paint or pastel. You can also airbrush over the top to color match.


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