Review of Dollshe Arsene doll

Order date: 1st February 2017
Order shipped: 4th April 2017
Arrived at my door: 10th April 2017

There’s many reasons why I love the Dollshe Arsene:

(1) That face! It’s not exactly handsome, in fact it’s a little quirky and unusual, but that’s what makes it beautiful to me. I’m always attracted to things that are not overt or explicit. I think he has the potential to wear many different expressions. No kidding I really want to paint 100 Arsenes!

Faceup for Julie W

Faceup for Julie W

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Review of Dollshe Arsene doll

Dollshe Arsene Comparison Photos Venitu and Old Hound body

I’ve recently got my Dollshe Arsene (ordered on 1st February 2017 and arrived 10th April 2017). Oh my God… when I saw Arsene’s face I fell even harder! He’s soo beautiful! Most perfect face ever 🙂 where the Venitu to me is an image of strength and poise, I think the Arsene is an image of gentleness and vulnerability. They are both really lovely and compliment each other: like a Yin to a Yang.

I haven’t had a chance to paint mine yet, but I took some photos of him next for comparison purposes:

Left to right: Venitu by 5th Motif (Oriental), Arsene by Dollshe (Oriental) and Hound by Dollshe (Older Freshskin, at least 8 years old).

Dollshe Arsene Comparison Venitu and Old Hound body

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Dollshe Arsene Comparison Photos Venitu and Old Hound body

Please be careful of buying BOOTLEG COPY of the “VENITU” doll

In the past few weeks, I’ve received many questions asking where to buy this doll. Reading some of these messages, it is disconcerting to me how many have fallen into the trap of purchasing a cheaper illegal copy of this doll, when they have genuinely thought they were buying the real version.

If you are not aware already, this doll is called the Venitu and it was sculpted by a South Korean sculptor Cho H.S. who goes by “5th Motif” studio. The master sculpt of the doll was then made possible to be retailed as resin ball jointed units by another South Korean doll casting/maker studio known as Dollshecraft.com. Up until now, Dollshecraft does not have distributors, they do not sell their products on Ebay or through any other electronic market places. Dollshecraft only sells their products through their official website which is http://www.dollshecraft.com. Each legitimate copy of this doll will come with a certificate of authenticity.

It will also come in a box with dark grey foam cutouts that look like this:

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The box should have obvious signs or stickers that indicate it originated from South Korea, and it should have Dollshecraft’s office address which matches their website info:

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So if you are buying this doll from any other website, especially from companies that originate in China, they are most likely to be illegal copies. All of these companies purport to sell good quality products with 99.99% accuracy matching the original. But seriously, what salesman would say their product is of inferior quality? And okay, they may have photos that they claim to represent their doll, but you are buying a sight unseen when you shop online, those pictures could have come from anywhere really. So, just be careful. Don’t easily believe anyone’s words at face value. 

Also, as I mentioned above, each legit unit of the Venitu will have a certificate of authenticity. If you are buying from somebody secondhand and want to make sure it is a legit copy, I would ask to see this certificate AND THEN also contact Dollshecraft or 5th Motif (who keeps a detailed record of each unit issued and to what address they were sent to originally) to verify if the certificate issued matches the history of the purchaser. If your seller claims they have also obtained it secondhand, then I would ask for secondary evidence (proof of transaction, or screen caps) that can satisfactorily prove the doll had originated from a legitimate source.

Please be careful of buying BOOTLEG COPY of the “VENITU” doll

Non-permanent Tunnel or Gouge Piercing BJD Modification

OMFG, so sorry folks I’ve neglected to update this blog for so long!
I am more active on Instagram these days.

Anyway! I thought I would show you how I’ve made this BJD mod of a tunnel/gouge/gauche/plug (I actually have no idea what it’s called!) earring/piercing on my doll. Please note that this modification does not involve altering the sculpt in any way and can be completely reversed.

Tutorial - BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

There are several methods of doing this, the more popular one is perhaps using an epoxy based clay and sculpt an actual earlobe extension using it. The good thing about epoxy is that you can sculpt directly on the ear and it hardens by way of chemical reaction even if you sculpt under water. You can also sand and carve and even attach more clay on top once it is hard. If you want to go down this path, I suggest using the Miliput Superfine in white. However, I was concerned that I would have a hard time getting rid of the epoxy clay once it’s on as that stuff is pretty strong. I would need to scrape it off and in the process I may accidentally scrape the actual head. A method my friend Elfgutz suggested to take off epoxy is to heat it up using heat gun, but I haven’t tried this yet so I don’t know (*to experiment on another day).

So what I did was pretty simple. I owe this to LifeLike81, itsfansea and pocketsizedvampirepandah who helped discussed and showed me the idea.

Step 1: It’s preferable to do this modification BEFORE you paint the faceup on. But it is possible to do it after as well. I used an eyelet for the tunnel/gouge earring. It’s cheap and pretty easy to get 🙂

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

Step 2: Take a sculpey clay and mold the earlobe around the gouge. You may want to mix your clay into a colour that is quite close to your resin’s colour but please be mindful that some clay may darken a bit after they are baked. I used 2 brands of clay: Kato Clay in “white” and Sculpey Living Doll in whatever default colour they have. I mixed it in a ratio of 1 white+2 flesh, this for some reason seemed to match my Venitu pretty well, who is in Oriental Pureskin colour.

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

Step 3: Once I had like an earlobe shape I basically stuck this onto my doll’s ear and continued to refine the shape. I didn’t cover the ear with glad wrap plastic because I wanted to get the shape to fit as close as possible. I didn’t use any corn starch powder either like some people have done, but instead to stop it from sticking onto the ear I just used a bit of water (I wet the side of the ear that it’s going to go on and this seems to prevent the clay from sticking too well to the resin). Also I stuck this several times in the fridge as I sculpt along. Cooling the clay hardens it a bit so it helps me keep the shape when I don’t want my fingers pushing too much on it.

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

Step 4: Once I got the desired shape, I removed it from the ear and carefully placed my ear piece on a loose tile. Let any excess water dry then I baked the clay for about 10 minutes at 150 degrees (fan forced oven).

Oh I also made several pieces so I have some to choose from.

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

Step 5: Then quite simply, I used PVA or Wood glue to stick the earpiece to the doll head. You may notice that the lobe hangs a bit low, but that’s because as part of my character design (he wears a specific type of piercing, some bullshit symbols that only mean something to him yadda yadda yadda — I don’t know) I am having double earrings on that lobe so I need all that space above the gouge.

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

I used the glue to not just stick the lobe on, but also to fill in the gap between it and the doll’s real ear, kind of like mortaring bricks?

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

Step 6: Once the glue was dried and I reached quite a good seal, I covered the metal piece with craft tac (see below). This is so when I do my faceup, I don’t end up spraying the metal with my sealant.

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

Here it is midway during the faceup painting. The metal is nicely protected from any spraying.

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

And we’re done! Because I couldn’t find anything that suited, I made the “X” earring above it out of a black cardboard which I glazed with gloss after I cut it into the shape I wanted.

Tutorial - BJD BJD Mod Tunnel/Gouge Piercing

Non-permanent Tunnel or Gouge Piercing BJD Modification

Dollshe Skin Tone Comparison – Pale Tan, Honey Peach Fresh, Copper Oriental & Oriental

LEFT to RIGHT: Pureskin Pale Tan, Honey Peach Fresh, Pureskin Copper Oriental, Pureskin Oriental.

LEFT to RIGHT: Honey Peach Fresh, Pureskin Copper Oriental, Pureskin Oriental.

Which one is my favourite? Well, I like all of them to be honest. Depends on what character you want to build.

My own personal observation:

When you handle these: the pureskin feels a lot more brittle than the honeyskin, like it’s not as dense and it squeaks more. The honeyskin’s surface is a lot smoother, the edges of the joints not as sharp as the pureskin, but the peculiar thing about it is that it also feels like it has a lot of elasticity in the resin, when you drop it, it is less likely to break despite its translucent look. Think of jelly and how it’s slightly bouncy? It’s like that in principle. I think Dollshe’s claim to the honeyskin being a stronger resin in the sense that it is less likely to break is true. I cannot yet attest to colour stability of the honeyskin however. This honeyskin is made in March 2015, I need to take another photo in a year’s time to see if the colour remains stable or whether it would change and into what. I’ve had pureskins from Dollshe for decades and provided that they are stored in a clean box with little to no light and not in a very hot room, that colour will last and last and last, no colour instability to worry about.

I’ve had the chance to handle 2 peach venitus so far and although without any faceup, it looks alarmingly orange (as you can see in this photo) by the time you give it some light blushing and a faceup, it just transforms into the most balanced looking skin out of the 4 in my opinion. For reference, this is what the honeyskin peach looks like after faceup: https://flic.kr/p/q3kXV2 No longer so orange I think, but the pinkness is just right, so it looks like a really youthful skin. And oh don’t worry about translucent finger/nose tips, just blush it and you will never see it translucent again!

The Copper Oriental is really nice too, I like the fact that it has this more yellowish/cool green hue compared to the peach, so that when you use a reddish blush, it looks more prevalent on the skin simply because they are opposite colours and that creates a really interesting look.

I personally find the really really dark resins intriguing and alluring, but I decided to go with the Pale Tan because it is just dark enough for me to give it paint and still have the colours showing. I think if I went with anything darker than this I would really struggle making any of the colours visible, namely this is because I’m just working with pastel at the moment (I am saving reaaally hard currently to get myself a decent airbrush kit).

Last but not least, the Oriental! This skin looks pretty dark on the Dollshe’s website, but I was surprised to find it quite fair when I got it. It’s definitely not as white as my wall, but very pale, huh? I really like this paleness. It has a nice very subtle pinkish hue. The advantage of having this one is like drawing on white paper: any colour you put on it will show its most richest. It’s a very versatile canvass and it is the best one to have if you want to blush it with more blue tones and make it visible.

Anyway, that’s all just my personal opinion. You might find things very different than this and I welcome and am interested to hear what you think 🙂

Dollshe Skin Tone Comparison – Pale Tan, Honey Peach Fresh, Copper Oriental & Oriental

Venitu Outfits from M3 Bjd Review

Hey folks!

So happy that my order of outfits for the Venitu arrived today ^__^. All of the clothing items you see below are from M3 BjD (International Store & Taobao Store).

I have ordered my lot using the shopping agent Taobao Trends, they are the only agent I use because: (1) they are trustworthy, (2) their fees are good value, (3) they proactively help you in asking loads and loads of detailed question to the sellers and if they think you aren’t asking the right question they even help you by asking a bit more than you need, (4) they always take photos of all the stuff you order before they send them off to you, (5) their EMS rates are freakking incredible.

How I ordered: I basically asked Taobaotrends to ask M3 BJD whether they can do custom size and I gave them Venitu’s measurements.
Total items ordered from M3: 17 items (which includes 2 items for my hubby’s SD Elfdoll girl)
Order date placed: 7 November 2014
Order shipped by TaobaoTrends to me: 7 January 2015
Order received by me: 12 January 2015

Individual item review:



Item description: Overalls
Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=40014837059
Review: So damn adorable. Perfect length and thigh girth. Waist is a bit baggy, but then who the hell wears tight overalls unless you’re kinky-cosplaying, haha? No zippers, just snaps.


Item description: Plaid shorts
Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=39984071664
Review: I’m totally loving this style, they taper a bit inward as they go down. Perfect length and thigh girth once again. Rides pretty low around the waist (as above in the picture is as low as they would sit however) but will not slide off the butt. No zippers, just snaps.



Item description: Black slim fit jeans with splatter patterns
Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=39998578107
Review: These are what you call the slim fit style (i.e. they narrow towards the ankle although not quite as tight as skinny jeans). Really nice masculine pattern, not as garrish as the one on their website. Perfect length and thigh girth once again. Rides pretty low around the waist (as above in the picture is as low as they would sit however) but will not slide off the butt. No zippers, just snaps.


Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=39998502297 (Black Tooling Vest)
Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=39998246827 (Light Grey slim fit jeans with splatter patterns)
Review: These are the same style jeans as the ones above, but just different colour. The black vest is absolutely perfect fit and length. I’m thinking of printing something on it. No zippers, just snaps. Rides pretty low around the waist.


Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=39984179304 (Dark Navy Straight Jeans)
Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=39998246827 (Black Tooling Vest)
Review: Hah I had a good laugh because these are the exact style of jeans my hubby wears all the time and my favourite item in my order. Look very much like those Lee Cooper jeans advertisements don’t they? In the seller’s website these jeans appear black but actually they are very dark navy blue, nice masculine colour. No zippers, just snaps. Perfect length and thigh girth once again. Rides pretty low around the waist.




Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=39984195334 (Woollen Coat – Beige)
Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=39984179304 (Dark Navy Straight Jeans)
Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=39998246827 (Black Tooling Vest)
Review: I absolutely love this coat, it has a nice woollen texture like duffel coat but not too thick so scale wise it’s perfect. I think the arms can do with 0.5 cm more in length, but I’ve seen in some Korean fashion mags the men wear their sleeves deliberately short, so I’m pretty happy with this. It’s tailored pretty close to the body so it has a nice slim fit look instead of baggy 80’s blazers.



Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=40029020937 (Blue Skinny Jeans)
Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=39998246827 (Black Tooling Vest)
Review: These jeans don’t really look like the picture on the website, but I’m absolutely loving its skinny jeans look. I actually don’t really mind the white stone-washes, without them I think the jeans would otherwise look real boring. If you’ve been dying for skinny jeans for your Vens, well ladies and gents, these ones I say are AAA+ because the waist girth is perfect, both upper and lower thigh girths are perfect. They aren’t too tight that you can make out the doll’s penis shape or knee joints (hahah yeah yeah I’m foul mouthed). My second fave pair of jeans from the lot.



Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=40029020937 (Blue Skinny Jeans)
Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=39984195334 (Woollen Coat – Charcoal)
Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=39998246827 (Black Tooling Vest)
Review: The charcoal coat is the same style as the Woollen Coat – Beige above. I’m so glad I got both colours they mix and match real well with many pants.



Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=40029312107 (Teddy Bear Jumper)


Item description: Really corny but awesome 80’s T-shirt!
Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=39998354594
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eview: I LOVE IT! The style is so that you can see the navel and wide collared. Makes me think of AHA’s Take On Me.


Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=40029344081 (Blue Boot Cut Jeans)
Review: OMGOSH when I saw the teddy jumper I went ballistic! It’s sooooooooo freakking cute T__T, I don’t care if this makes my Venitu look like a 12 year old, I love those floppy ears. I plan on sewing some elbow patches and other decorations onto this.
The jeans are a boot cut style (i.e. the ankles are slightly larger than the upper thighs), really nice fabric they used for these, like formal jeans rather than casual ones and the colour is even all over. HOWEVER, they are really really BIG O_O. The waist girth is too big by about 1.5 cm so I will need a belt to hold these up otherwise I can yank these down and they will slip off the hips (which isn’t necessarily always a bad thing hahaha).

Item description: Scarves
Item link: http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?id=41810300636
Review: Wow they are sooo cool! I ordered these in the largest size they have.

Venitu Outfits from M3 Bjd Review