A very, very long time ago when I was almost brand new to the idea of doll collecting I stumbled across one of the cutest, most stylistically sculpted dolls I'd seen so far. Unfortunately, at the time, there was very little information about the doll, it took me a great deal of searching to even figure out what the name was, much less the maker.
Imagine my disappointment when I discovered that not only were these dolls sold exclusively in Japan, they were also hand made and sold in limited quantities at very high prices. At the time, I gave up on ever finding one for sale in the US, much less being able to afford it on the secondhand market.
That little doll was Kinoko Juice Kiki and I'd wanted one for as long as I can even remember. A few months back, I stumbled across a Japanese auction for a dirty, damaged, and long neglected Kiki. I didn't care and I bid immediately, hoping like hell not to be outbid. To my absolute disbelief I won! Three weeks later, she arrived and I couldn't wait to get to work.
I did not take progress pictures, as there are certain proprietary aspects of the doll that I wouldn't want exposed to anyone looking to copy. Specifically the unique, handmade eyes that a copy would not arrive with.
She arrived with a laundry list of issues that needed to be fixed. Her eyes, which cannot be replaced, let alone even found on a secondhand market, were my biggest issue. The material was cracked in one eye, right through the iris. I have no idea what the artist uses to make them, but I filled it in with UV cured resin to blend the distortion created by the crack. I ended up with a barely visible line and a few air bubbles, but I am very happy with the result!
Her default faceup wasn't salvageable, so I repainted her as close to the original style as I could, with a few subtle changes. Her headcap was also stained pretty badly. When I sanded the stains away, I discovered that she had yellowed pretty badly. So, I took a magic eraser to the rest of her body and she cleaned up surprisingly well. One of the connections on her hand had been worn almost completely away (or it was broken and sanded, I couldn't really tell), so I had to resculpt the piece back up to fit into her wrist with epoxy.
Unfortunately, she didn't arrive with all of her extras. Only one of the optional hands was included, but I don't mind a bit. It's been almost impossible to find clothes and shoes that fit her, but YOSD fits pretty well, though a bit large. The dress she's wearing in these photos was made by DollsAhoy and was intended to fit Blythe, that's how teeny she is. Blythe pants, though, won't fit because she has much bigger hips and legs. I had several pairs of the shoes she's wearing in different sizes (from trying to find something to fit Hujoo). They're a bit long in the toe, since her feet are very round, but overall, it's as close as I think I'm gonna get.
I still haven't finished with her, but the process of working on her has been so fun. Most of my BJD girls have arrived as 'damaged' or 'junk' items. I really love restoring them back to their original glory <3. I still have heads in storage that I've been working with on and off for a while that haven't been photographed, haha.
I'm so, so incredibly glad to have found one of these amazing little dolls. She's definitely a grail of mine, if not THE grail. Thanks for reading!