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New eyes: Changing the look of a doll

I love the look of the Dollzone Gill doll. Unlike most of the 1/4th dolls, Gill is solidly a kid, although maybe a kid who’s prone to allergies and is always on the outer edges of the crowd.

But, when I got my Gill, the only eyes I had for her were these odd blue eyes with cone-shaped irises (or however you pluralize that word) – the eyes actually come to a point in the center. With the red-rimmed eyes, I thought it gave her a little bit of a creepy edge in some shots, like here:

or here

Partly, it’s that the blue isn’t a great color for her, but it’s also the way the light catches on the odd shape of the eye that makes her look a little other-wordly. That wasn’t terrible for the NOTLD piece, but I wanted to recapture her little girl look.

It turns out that she has the same eye size as one of my 1/6th scale dolls, so I switched eyes between them and gave Gill a more normally shaped pair of brown eyes. Here are a few shots with her new eyes:

I think she’s solidly back in little girl land now.

Apparently, Charlotte and Emily had a timely send-off for Roger Gorman. Most of his early films are in the public domain, so download a copy of NOTLD or Bucket of Blood and have a fun evening.

This week, I’ll be finishing the penultimate My Doll Adventure episode, with a whirlwind of activity as everyone makes their way to the location that Rosie pinpointed. In my never-ending revision mode, I’ve given that adventure a new name, and left the “My Doll Adventure” name as the moniker for my whole effort to create all these different stories.

In honor of their Italian heritage (and my own), and their floral names, I’m calling it my little flower, or Mia fiorella. I’m imagining it’s what Lily called Camellia when she was a little girl. If I’ve gotten the Italian wrong, let me know 🙂



In my (almost) 60th year on earth I decided to set my fashion dolls free of their clothes and accessories and send them on adventures. This is your window onto my own adventure into a land of crafts where I have zero skills, talent or mentors. Wish me (and my dolls) luck!

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