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Happy BJDDay!!

I played a bit with the posing of Melody, my doll-chateau Snow Nymph. She is wonderful. I can’t wait to add freckles to her chest and back. I’m also debating blushing her fingers and nails. 

Eyes are glastic, wig is hasels-aesthetics, face up is by me ( izasfaceups), and outfit is Doll Heart. I got Melody through mintoncardinc, and they were fantastic. 

Special Feature: Yellowing

“Yellowing” is such a dirty word in this hobby. But what exactly does it entail for your doll?

Yellowing happens to objects made out of plastic and gain a yellow tint to their surface with age. Clear and white plastics show the biggest difference over time. Sunlight and UV rays are a big factor to accelerate yellowing. On a smaller scale, florescent lighting and even oxygen add to it. To get all sciency on it, Answers.com has a decent rundown to why this happens. It’s a deterioration of the plastic as it ages.

Our resin or vinyl dolls are not immune to these unsightly “tan lines”. The lighter the doll, the stronger the chance of seeing noticeable changes in the resin. Here’s a list of colors we’ve seen from best to worse in our personal and display dolls:

  • Fantasy Colors: Not very noticeable. Most of our fantasy colored dolls are also blushed. The sealant used is more likely to yellow than the resin beneath. Sealants like MSC have become better over the years to not yellow as rapidly. (Edit: This is based on what we’ve seen with our LoongSoul Greens and various Gray Skin dolls on display. We don’t have any SOOM dolls, but apparently their resin is very sensitive.)
  • Tan Resin: Barely noticeable, especially with darker tans. Sometimes the yellow adds a warmer hue, but the color pigments are already so strong, we struggle to see a difference. We’ve also not seen any of the feared “green” discoloration. With how complicated it is to control tan resin, you are more likely to see a color difference from the pigment used than from yellowing.
  • Normal Yellow Resin: Well, they are already yellow :P Joking aside, they do show obvious yellowing. But you are often less likely to recognize it with time. They don’t  tend to turn “banana” yellow, they just look like you upped their saturation levels. They get more golden.
  • Normal Pink Resin: You know those really hard to match “Normal Skin” resins that are somewhere between pink and yellow hues? When pink resin yellows, it gets a similar peachy tone. It’s still a nice looking color, but it is a pain to match. If they get excessive sun exposure, the yellow can overpower the pink, making it look more like it was always a normal yellow resin.
  • White Resin: You meant “Inevitably Cream Colored Resin”, right? We know white resin, especially paper white, is lovely…but it’s the worst with yellowing. If you get a cream colored white, your biggest risk will be from the sun. If you keep your doll protected, it should be fine. But those paper white beauties could be locked in a box and still find a way to go ivory on you! Some hold up better that others, but let’s take a further look.

DollZone/Doll Chateau makes a paper white resin that has stayed consistent over the years. But notice the latest batch of resin is lighter than the other piece from the same year? The other head cap was pure white when we got it, has never been exposed to direct sunlight, yet still has yellowed in the year we’ve had it.

If there is any good news, it mellows out and stays the same color. The 2011 batch is only faintly more yellow, but came from a display doll exposed to florescent light. The difference is even less noticeable in real life.

Since yellowing is bound to occur anyway, should you worry about sunlight? Yes and no. Your doll can handle a little outdoor adventure from time to time, but don’t display a doll near windows where they get exposed to consistent sunlight. Our DC Elizabeth has been sitting on our front desk for two years. Between the overhead lights and ambient light from the front door, she’s turned the cream color above. It’s at least an all over yellow and nice color, but why risk the change if you can avoid it?

What can you do when faced with all of this resin changing then? You either fight it or accept it. Both are perfectly acceptable choices for your doll.

Want to fight it, look into restoring your doll! It’s a great way to feel pride in your dolly ownership. Here is some info/tutorials for combating doll aging:

If you rather not modify your doll, that’s cool too! Many people believe yellowing adds character or is a perfectly acceptable inevitability with dolls compared to viewing the doll as damaged. So if your dolls have yellowed, no worries! Yellowing does not reflect on you as a doll owner and is not as scary or shameful as you might fear. And we swear your dolls don’t “hate” you for it!

We hope this post can help shed some perspective for those new and old to the hobby. We hope you enjoy your dolls no matter their hue changes! :)

On that note, MOC Love-Pony!  

She’s on eBay right now because of my continuing efforts to rid my collection of ponies with fading pink hair.  I mean, I love that hair color, but I just end up fretting about it.

She has a bit of a provenance, which I put in the auction and will C&P here:

Love-Pony is from a line of Dutch G1 ponies released in 1995, which had symbols “borrowed” from other ponies and basic names like “Love-Pony”, “Dolphin-Pony”, “Cat-Pony” and so on.  This particular Love-Pony was the VERY FIRST Dutch pony to enter the online My Little Pony collecting community.   In the late 90s it was hard for American collectors to get international ponies, because there just were not many international pony collectors online. But one day I came across an ad for “mint on card love letter pony”.  No pictures. They were asking $20 for it.  Just $20!  But what if it was a scam?  Well, I took a chance and sent the money.     After a long time–a box in the mail!  I was expecting it to contain MOC Love Letter, the white and pink Romance pony.  Instead I pulled out this pony I had NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE, on a “My Little Pony Tales” card, with “Love-Pony” printed on the card.  Twice.   I went to the PonyPeople mailing list and described her and took scans of her (I didn’t have a digital camera but I did have a scanner) and the MLP community collectively went “HUH WHAT?”.  Some people thought she was a fakie, others didn’t know what to make of her … Eventually someone discovered a brochure showing all the Dutch ponies and the mystery was solved.

Mint on Card: Weekend fill-in Mix!

This is Carver.  He’s a Doll Family A “Dollism Practice” head that was available exclusively through Mint on Card in 2014.  As part of the Extreme Mods contest at Dollism NY (brought to us in part by MoC), he was modified in the eyes, mouth, and cheeks.  He “lost” the contest, but became a favorite in my collection so I consider him an Epic Win.

Because I love @mintoncardinc​!!

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Even More Reasons We Love DollZone: PETALS!!!

Logistically speaking, resin petals are a nightmare to ship safely (looking at you two, Moment and Anson) but THEY’RE JUST SO PRETTY!!! Because of their delicate nature, DollZone only offers them in limited editions. Until their next flower inspired release, let’s just drool over these pretty dolls of DollZone’s past. :D

Dolls Pictured: Moment, Anson, Finggo, Big Dipper. They are limited editions/event dolls and are not available for sale at this time. T^T

Para que sepan mi posición ante las copias de BJDs o ‘Recast’:

Yo soy “pro-recast” abiertamente, lo cual significa que estoy a favor de que te compres el muñeco que quieras, que puedas pagar y que te haga feliz. Significa que no me importa la marca de tu muñeco ni su precio, porque todos escuchamos MP3s y vemos películas bajadas de torrents, consumimos productos genéricos, vestimos ropa imitación de marcas famosas que jamás podríamos comprarle a los diseñadotes originales, y nunca nadie dijo que éramos malas personas por hacer esto. Así que yo soy pro-recast, estoy a favor de lo que sea que tengas, soy una persona “pro-doll”, no me importa si tu BJD es de plástico como un HUJOO o si es de vinilo, resina, porcelana, arcilla, si lo has realizado tú o si lo has comprado en la casa mas cara. Si a ti te hace feliz y no es algo que me incumba me parece %100 perfecto. Ahora pueden ir por ahí y odiarme cuanto quieran.

Mi posición es simple y no va a cambiar. A los verdaderos escultores de los BJDs que venden en las fábricas originales les pagan solo UNA vez cuando entregan el prototipo terminado del muñeco en cuestión o de la nueva cabeza/etc. a la fábrica o tienda que los reproducirá para su venta usando un molde. Las copias JAMAS han destruido NADA, ‘Gucci’ o ‘paco rabanne’ no dejaron de fabricar cosas porque sus productos fueron reproducidos, y ‘las copias no mataron las industrias de perfumes/carteras/calzado/etc.’ (los cuales también son artículos “de lujo” como un BJD y “puedes vivir sin ellos”).

Siempre hay un mercado para los originales de todo, y los que no pueden o no consiguen el original por cualquiera sea la razón también tienen derecho, así sea “un gusto” y “no se vayan a morir si no lo tienen, de adquirir una reproducción. Porque esa gente no le compraría a la casa original de cualquier forma, así que esa plata no es que “iría a las fabricas originales si no estuviese yendo a los chinos que hacen copias”. No, esa plata no iría a ningún lado, así que tengan bien en claro que NADIE le esta ‘sacando el plato de comida’ a ningún artista cuando compra un BJD recast mas de lo que le sacaron el plato de alimento a ese músico que están escuchando en sus MP3s sin ninguna pena.

Los recast no perjudican a los artistas porque ellos ya cobraron cuando entregaron la escultura, entiendan esto, la cantidad de odio en Internet/‘la-comunidad-bjd’ es porque los recast perjudican casi de modo exclusivo al mercado de 2da mano (compuesto de personas que suelen valorar a los seres humanos no como gente sino ‘por el precio de sus pertenencias’ como si aun estuviesen en la secundaria), quienes ya no puede poner precios en los MP de unas cinco u siete veces mas por un BJD usado porque “ya no se vende mas en la fabrica original y si lo quieres lo pagas o te jodes”. Sabrán entender entonces mi postura (o no) pero no esta en discusión. Yo amo lo que los dueños hacen con  sus BJDs, de donde provengan honestamente no me importa ni me interesa y mucho menos me molesta.

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*** English / Ingles ***

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“I swear if Luo gets Celine and Rin in the Feeple60 moe, I will seriously flip the fuck off. I don’t care if you can’t afford the legits I just fucking went through 3 months of no school lunch money and a part time job to get my grail. I don’t want to have to worry about people thinking my Feeple60 is a recasts when I clearly spent $602. Someone fucking stop this nonsense!!!!

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#3062 (via recastconfessions)

And THIS is the main reason why antis are antis

It’s not about artists or defending their rights… but most antis feel “less special” (and somehow “stupid”) if someone paid less than half for the same product. - Sure there are exceptions (I know some anti recast community members that are actually really nice people and I personally admire them), but mostly all anti recast people I’ve knew on the community is either -like this- or an artist… (and not even ALL artists are anti, given the good quality of some recast makers production). - It’s sad to say but I think most antis can’t really enjoy their dolls, they spent more time and energy worrying about what other people might do or not to focus on the actual hobby and enjoy their legit dolls. It’s all a charade, the “#proBJDartists” day or whatever thing they come up with. In the end it’s all about “not being that unique snowflake anymore because now everyone has access to that rare limited”.

Why I’m writing this up on my own Spanish tumblr?, simple, because somebody has to. - Now they (anti-recast) pray and ask for you to buy a “Bobobie”, “MiroDoll”, a “ResinSoul”, a “Hujoo”, an “Obitsu”, a “Pullip” or even a “Monster-High” because “at least they are legit” (blahblahblah). But lets remember… not so long ago, the same people where trashing other community members because “they had a cheap chinese doll” or “that doll they had was not considered a BJD according to them” (because it was not made of resin or whatever excuse they could come up with). - Not to mention ‘sock dresses’ and every other thing that they can find to look down on you even when you love your doll to the bits…

To be honest, most of my dolls are legit, sure, I have some recast and I would buy other recasts without any shame or regret, but I’ve bought many times from legit websites or places like MoC and all they gave me was shit (*specially MoC, thank god they don’t ship to my country anymore!*). - But when bought recast, Steven/Luo made me feel really like a valued costumer, and sent me extra goodies that real/legit factories never sent. For both sides it’s a business, but recast sellers seem to care a lot more about it than legit companies.

Having said this, I will add, I was never against recast, because they’re dolls and people spent a lot of money (even when cheaper), time and love to make them their own OCs or give them a home, to say “go burn your recast doll“ it’s NOT the same as saying ”Please don’t buy recast anymore.”, and there is where I see the true nature of antis. - There are idiots and assholes worldwide (and everywhere), but here it’s when it became more evident. You can really tell who is the thinking human being who has a different point of view, and who is just butthurt and wants to keep their “unique snowflake” status using others as a stair to build up their ‘fame and glory’…

So, “What’s my stance?”, I must admit I was neutral at first, I had only legits and I didn’t care about other people morality (specially people I will only see online, as long as they where happy with their dolls I was cool with it). - But after my last purchase to Mint-On-Card (they treat me like trash, even on a thousand dollars transaction, just because I was from South America…and they were pretty clear on their motives so…), I started to wonder if I deserved to be treat like such a trash by people I was giving not only my money but “pretty much ALL my money”. Then, recast came around and it was more easy to get limited editions no longer sold on the legit webs and rare hybrids on perfect match skin colors…not only that, the sellers where extremely friendly and made you feel like an important and cherish costumer.

But even then, I was still a “neutral” and had no recasts, …until I saw the way anti recast community members where bullying and mistreating other people who owned recast and how they were making their life impossible like if they where trash, mass murders, rapists and all those stupid comparisons completely out of proportion antis use to defend their ‘white knight’ stance.

Think that was the turn-out moment, far as that moment I made my own doll heads and yes, I knew how to recast things at home but from that point on..?, I became a pro (a proud pro) and I gave two shits for people who was almost always aggressive, hypocrites and stupid (—don’t get me wrong, like I’ve said, there are stupid people everywhere, some pro members are also assholes… but they’re far more less than the anti-assholes out there—).

I just stop caring about people who was telling me a lie to my face without a blink, that people is the “anti” crowd. I get it, you’re mad because you paid a lot more for the same doll often on worst quality (let’s be honest, most SOOM recast and FL recast I’ve see are better quality than legits), but I did it too!, I have the legits of most recast dolls and it’s not a constant reminder of “how much money I’ve spent”, it’s just something I’ve paid long ago and I don’t care if someone else buys it as recast!, in fact I’m happy we can share opinions and compare recast/legit dolls! - ((You antis need to let go of the fucking hate spread everywhere!!!))

So they are NOT “”pro-artist”” they are just against recast, thus, ANTI-recast. - And please don’t give the shit speech about how much you care about the artist feelings because I don’t buy it anymore (**if the artist or company cares so much about it they will stop the cry and get their stuff in place or take a legal action, they don’t need YOU defending and standing for them, you are NOT the artist, nor his/her friend or family, so cut the crap, most times you only meet the artist or company online and only for him/her to sell you something so “dah!”, sure they will be nice to you!, you are buoying a couple thousand dollar product!, you don’t need to be thankful to them because they reply or make your order in time, it’s just a purchase and that’s what’s fair!**)… besides, pro recast are also humans, and they also cry and suffer when you tell them they are trash, when you tell them ‘to burn they beloved dolls’, or when you tell them they’re “just stupid kids” (although many are teens who had to make huge sacrifices to afford even a recast). So you could say I’m a Pro-recast now because of all the shit Anti-recast trow to other community members…

And yes, now I make my own home-recast for fun, not only cast my own sculpts but make some recast from well known companies because I own the legit and I want to try out new resin colors or do ‘destructive’ and rare modifications. I don’t even sell them, I gave one way as a present here and there to people who could not afford a legit or any sort of doll for that matter, and no, I don’t feel “bad” about it. I gave presents to people I care about and I’m the only one who needs to worry about my own morals. And I sleep just fine every night so why should anyone tell me what to do with my money and my time..?, recast dolls are also very hard to make, it takes a long time to get them right and you get burn and bruises and cuts in your body just like any other manual labor, I don’t ever complain about it, but just wanted to point out recast are not “just magical reproductions who come out of molds just perfect and ready to sell”, home-recast it’s a complex process, and my wounds worth just the same than the ones from any other human being (like that “small and poor artist” you defend so eagerly because it didn’t had dinner yesterday but sells US$ 900 dolls on their store).

And YES, I am happy about new molds and dolls getting recasted (I don’t care if they are ‘artist dolls’ or ‘company dolls’, all dolls are made by some artist at some point, so cut the crap about that “this is a small artist so it’s different”, you either acknowledge ALL artist need to be recognized for their work, or, you don’t really care at all, and yes, most things come in shades of gray, but this particular thing it’s just black/or/white, so made up you’re mind already), and I get happy for new recast releases because it means more people will have the chance to get the dolls they want and love for a price they can afford or from someone who will sent the doll to their location and gave them many more options than legit webs. - I don’t impose my views to anyone, If you come politely to me and tell me you’re against recast I will agree that we disagree and you have just as much right as me to have your opinion. This doesn’t mean we can’t get along or we can’t be friends, as long as you don’t insult me or degrade me for my choices then we’re cool… but that’s the catch, almost no anti recast community members are able to just respect other people, “pro recast” people, different people (that think -or are- different)… maybe the other side is right, or maybe they’re wrong, truth is, it’s not the antis place to decide “who is right or wrong”.

And that’s my stance on recasts. If you don’t like me then feel free to block me of unfollow me, I’ll still be me after you’re gone and to be honest, I care more for people being treated like trash by others who think they’re superior based on the quality of a doll than on your crazy white knight crusade. Cos’ at the end of the day, I’m happy with my dolls, recast or not…

:)

P.S. - Now you antis can all examine my post looking for misspelling and grammar (since my first language it’s Spanish) that according to you “will give me away on anon blogs” (even when %70 percent of the times you guys are hilariously wrong, it’s still fun as hell to watch you all chase your tails, lol).