Are you a Pullip customization rookie, but would like to change your doll’s eyechips? Deal! We are in this together and I wrote a simple list, you can follow. It is not easy at first, you might sweat and swear a bit, but in the end it will be absolutely worth it! 🙂
Remove your doll’s wig!
This is the easiest part: Turn your doll around and look for the wig cap at the back of her head. Grab a normal butter knife (works just fine and you won’t cut your doll or your hand) and start to loosen the glue under the wig cap. After a while, you will be able to remove the whole cap by simply tearing it from your doll’s scalp.
Open your Pullip’s Head!
Once you have removed the wig, you will see that there are actually a total of three Philips screws at the back of a Pullip’s head. You need a slender screwdriver to remove them and afterwards you will be able to open the head. Voilà!
Remove the two loose flesh colored levers!
Remove the eyelids’ springs from the mechanism!
Unscrew the screws that connect the eye mechanism to the faceplate!
There are three more screws that have to be unscrewed, which should work with the same screwdriver, you have already used before. Afterwards you will be able to take out the eye mechanism on its own, while the eyelids will remain loosely on the inside of the faceplate.
Remove the old/stock eyechips!
Stock eyechips are normally glued into the eye mechanism. When I was doing my research on removing plastic eyechips, it was suggested that you could use either pressure from behind or cut them out of the socket with an exacto knife. In the end, applying pressure with a wide dull screwdriver worked for me (for example torx), but it was pretty grating. If the eyechips won’t come out, ask the person in your household, who is the best in opening jars. They will get the job done. (Or you are better with an exacto knife, I made a few tiny scratches and ditched the idea. Seriously, I have no idea, how you should use the knife without completely destroying the eyechips.)
The stock chips of Pullip Lupinus have a clear plastic chip on the outside and a purple flower out of fabric underneath and the back of the eyechips are covered with white paper, which will be destroyed when you push it out from behind. One of the clear chips also got a little bit damaged, which is a shame, but I knew that some stock chips will break due to their amount of glue.
Put the new eyechips in the empty sockets of the eye mechanism!
I was lucky and Lu’s new Chewy Rabbit eyechips stayed inside their sockets on their own. If that’s not the case, you can use a little bit of glue at the outer edges on the back of your eyechips.
Check the loose eyelids inside of the faceplate!
Screw the eye mechanism back onto the faceplate!
Now it is time to secure the three screws from the eye mechanism onto the faceplate. Make sure that the springs in the front of the mechanism are under the white plastic.
Reattach the two springs of the eyelids onto their ledges on the eye mechanism!
Put the two flesh-colored levers back, where they belong!
They are going to be responsible, when you want to close your Pullip’s eyes and go to the left and right to the lever that is permanently attached to the eye mechanism.
Screw your Pullips head back together!
Three screws are all it takes now to finish your little project! Make sure that your Pullip’s eyes correctly move from side to side and close. You are finished! 😀 Congratulations!
I hope that this post was helpful to all fellow rookies out there and if a more experienced customizer somehow found this post, please tell me, if there are some tips or things I could do differently!