I do not make, sell, or traffic in bootleg/recast dolls or any other product.

I do not provide information on where or how to buy them.

Any recast information on this blog is for information purposes only, for identifying recast products on the second hand market.

Monday, July 28, 2014

BJD 101- Overall, Basic Care

There are always a lot of questions from newcomers to the hobby about how to care for their dolls, so I made a basic outline of some general tips and tricks. Hope you find it useful!

FAQ's and BJD 101 Stuff contains links to all forthcoming or written BJD 101 posts on this blog.

Face ups:

You can find an FAQ and other information about face ups here . Caring for your doll’s face is easy.
·         Don’t touch it directly with your hands.
o        The oils from your hands can damage the sealant and the paint.
o        Remove the head when dressing or undressing the doll, as your hands and the clothes can rub or damage the sealant and the face up underneath.
·         Sealants
o        You don’t need to spray your deal with any kind of sealant if it has a face             up from a professional or directly from the company. It’s already been sprayed.
o        If you aren’t sure if the face up has been sealed when buying second hand, ask.
o        You can spray the body with sealant if it isn’t been blushed if you want. Sealant will wear away pretty much no matter what you do on the joints and other places of frequent movement or handling, but some people like spray with MSC UV Cut to protect from sun damage.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Updates, plus a new page full of useful stuff

Working on some new stuff for the blog and trying to find time to get it all worked out. Not much time with working and my new single-mom-hood, lol, so I'm doing my best. Thank you to everyone who continues to read and enjoys what I post!

I did take a couple hours off of working today to make a new page for you all, a list of Vampire and Vampire-like bjds. It's a WIP, but since so many people ask the question, it should be useful! Feel free to link it, share it (but don't steal it please!). If you see it needs updates or I'm missing a sculpt, comment below the page, and I'll get it added when I can.

To find the page, look on the left-hand side of the blog and click The HandyDandy Guide to BJDs with Fangs: WIP.

Stay positive everyone.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Short Review: Illusion Spirit SD Girl Hands From AC

Instead of buying a bunch of expression hands for my dolls, I decided to just buy some jointed hands for the same price, essentially.

They were on sale through Alice's Collections and qualified for free airmail shipping.

They fit her perfectly. The scale is correct, they fit in the wrist well. This means they should theoretically work on Feeple 60s and SDgr girls, since all their wrists are pretty close in measurements. I'll test them out on my F60 girl later.

The color match is way off to the old Delf resin, but my girl is pretty old so she's yellowed a lot. The color is quite close, maybe slightly pinker, than my FL dolls.
The fingers are sculpted wonderfully, and they have cute little nails sculpted in. They don't look creepy or have the sausage fingers that some jointed hands seem to have.

Jointed Hands

Where to buy:
Price: $80 (I got them during a promotion for a discount.)
Communication: 10/10 AC answered questions quickly and kept me updated.

Thanks for reading and happy collecting~!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Repost: Some updates and New Thoughts on Recasts

NOTE: Doing some minor grammatical and subject edits, blogger on my mobile ate this post. If you want to know more or have questions about this post, do let me know. 
To preface this, my change of heart began several months ago. I wasn't prepared to deal with my feelings on it, but after some drama happened I couldn't ignore it anymore.

I still do not believe that recasts are illegal to buy or own for personal use. I did believe that we were at risk of harassment and other issues for running the Underground, and I simply was not prepared for nor willing to deal with that. [Edit for November 2014] With the Haven shut down, I'm very glad I left it when I did. The owner of that group and I had a falling out, and she said some quite hateful things about me to other people and accusatory things to me in the past. So to me? No loss there, and karma is a bitch I guess. I had nothing to do with its closing. I've got too much drama on my plate already to worry about causing some for others. [end edit note]

Most importantly, however, I've had a change of heart regarding recasts. I'm sure the anti-crowd will take this as a success or a victory, but it is not due to the crazy, inflammatory, hateful behavior of the extremists that affected my views. It was not due to bans or blocks. It was, in part, due to an article I had written early last year and recently found again. It was an article about why you should purchase legits, and not recasts. I had decided not to post it at the time because I didn't want to offend a few close friends, and because I'd set myself up as solidly pro-recast, with no room for change. It didn't fit the mission of my blog. Additionally, the few calm, well-thought out anti-recast or neutral arguments finally started to make sense to me. I reevaluated my position, addressed my frustrations with the recast community, and changed my position. As someone with an open mind, or at least I like to think of myself as mostly this way, I am able to change my opinions as fact and information are made available to me.

Please read on.