Handy tools for BJD owners under 10$
Thought I’d compile a list of some of the hardware I use and handy stuff you can find cheap to help with dolly problems. Some of you are going to know this stuff already, that’s great but somewhere out there someone could find this useful I hope. Cali is going to help me today, aren’t you?
Cali: Do I have a choice?
Of course not.
Forceps are awesome, they really are. They are surgical instruments used for pinching and holding tissue but they can get a death grip on anything including… STRING! Yep these things are a godsend for restringing. Specifically my favorites are sponge clamps because of their lack of pointy and potentially damaging edges. They also have double the string-holding area of a normal set of hemostat forceps, and only cost about 5$ or less for a good pair. Cali is holding my large sponge clamps here:
You can buy this in packs sold as silicone earplugs from anywhere and it’s cheap as hell! Good for holding in eyes or making fake boogers (hey, it could happen).
SUEDING! Sweet baby Jeebus this stuff is great! Do not be afraid of it because you think you’re a noob. Just buy a small low-temperature gun (mine was 7.99$) and rub a small amount of hot glue with the tip of the gun inside a joint. Try to kind of cross hatch it, that gives it extra grip and if you fuck up no big. Grab some ice water and dunk it, the glue will get hard and easy to peel off
Now you can buy an actual doll-targeted set that looks like this and can be purchased on Ebay for under 10$:
Or you can find a bead store or wholesale beads, buy some 10mm, 12mm, 14mm, 16mm, and 18mm round spherical beads and attach them to sticks. Label the sizes and voila! It can’t account for domes but it really helps get a handle on the size the socket can accommodate.
RUBBER COATED FLEX-WIRE!
What can this shit do? Shit, what can’t it do! Posing? Check! tagging your carrier bags or items as yours? Check! Wrap a doll box closed for travel without using sticky nasty tape? Hells yes! Cheap as hell in a hardware or gardening store. Just make sure you pick up some nice wire snips with it. I have no pics of this because I’m out right now but the gardening stores are stocking BWHAHAHA!
GOOD GODS I LOVE THIS STUFF! Usually it’s just little baggies or boxes of silica gel but it does so much for you. Hate mold, moisture, rust or string rot? You want desiccant! It’s great stuff (do not eat it) for packing in with dolls (don’t fucking eat it) or their clothes (JUST DON’T) or your tools (SERIOUSLY IS NOT FOR NOMS). You get packets free in any shoebox, purse, or backpack at a department store or ask friends before they throw that shit away. Even if you can’t see moisture or humidity it may be there which leads me to one warning and another product recommendation: DO NOT PACK REAL LEATHER WITH DESICCANT UNLESS YOU LIKE WASTING MONEY. Leather is skin and skin needs moisture and food. If you have dolly real-leather goods I recommend Huberd’s Shoe Grease. It is the GOOD shit. Don’t buy any bullcrap from Kiwi, that stuff is lies in a tin. Buy the Huberds from Ebay for your leather needs and if your leather feels stiff wipe it lightly with either water or water+saddle soap then wipe the soap off and dry it, then rub a tiny TINY amount of shoe grease between two fingers (just enough to give you a sheen) and rub it into the leather. BOOM! Soft supple and happy leather. 1 can can last you 2-3 years and that’s doing human shoes every two weeks or so (trust me I’m a bootblack).
Cali cut that out…
Ever sawed vigorously at some doll elastic while praying parts don’t ricochet and kill you? You need EMT shears/scissors! The BDSM community keeps them around for ropework in case there’s an emergency and someone needs cut out of rope. I repeat ROPE. These puppies are awesome for cutting that old doll elastic and they’re cheap as hell!
CRAP I HAVE TO HANDLE THIS SO I’LL LEAVE YOU WITH MY FAVORITE SUPPLIER OF SHEARS AND FORCEPS ON EBAY