I’m on eBay like a madwoman, and I kept seeing these doll heads called Angel Gate (and some custom dolls too) that pop up in my search for Pullip dolls. What are Angel Gate dolls, you ask?
From what I can tell, the head molds are the same as Pullips, but they’re essentially knock offs. They’re beautiful – the custom ones I’ve seen – but something always seems a little off about them. Like their eyes are floating up to the ceiling or something.
Well I bought an Angel Gate head to practice my face up skills before tackling a Make it Own, and I was shocked to find that the doll head doesn’t come with an eye mechanism. In fact, the head doesn’t even have holes for an eye mechanism. What the…
The color of the skin doesn’t seem to match any of the Pullip dolls either. The closest seems to be a “Natural” color, but it definitely has a yellowish tint.
Well…being the adventurer that I am, I took a stab at face-up. Sealed the face with MSC (Though I hear you don’t need to), and also sealed the eyelids.
Used pastels and colored pencils for the face, and a little varnish on the lips. Sprayed one last time to seal the color. (Don’t judge my eyebrows. I know I have to get better!)
So far so good, right? I put the doll back together to get a first look, added a wig and an outfit…
But what to do about those eyes, right? I could drill holes in her head to make the eye mechanism fit, but that seemed pretty high maintenance. I researched online for how to add acrylic eyes to a doll like this and they suggested eye putty….or clear silicone ear plugs from the drugstore. (WHO’S CRAFTY NOW, I ASK YOU?)
I tracked down ear plugs and gave it a go, molding the 22mm eyes into the dolls head. This presented a couple of issue:
- Her gorgeous eyelids were stuck open
- Getting those eyes to look in the same direction was a pain
The end result…well, she had eyes but she was so ghoulish looking that it freaked me out a little.
YIKES. Close your eyes already! I ended up shutting her eyelids and changing her wig and outfit. For now she’ll be quietly reflecting with her eyes closed, until I can figure out how to do a better job on her eyes.
To be continued…