Eye Chip Cleaning and Restoration

warning: this tutorial is intended for use on stock Takara and Hasbro eyechips only. Please do not try on aftermarket eyechips without consulting the manufacturer. Not for use on Kenner Eyechips.

  1. blythe eyechip repair Don’t throw those damaged, experimental eyechips away! With a little elbow grease, they can be shiny and new again.
  2. blythe eyechip damaged by nail polishWell, unless they look like this (photo showing extreme damage caused by acetone-based nailpolish applied to the back of the chip.) Throw that one away, or submit it to a museum of oddities.
  3. blythe eyechip repairif your eyechips have been coated in paint, glue, or some other crusted on substance, soak them overnight in a sealed container of rubbing alcohol (isopropyl)
  4. blythe eyechip repair Remove them from the bath, and scrub the faceted side to loosen the paint. I like to use an electric toothbrush. a regular toothbrush works well, too. You may have to change the alcohol and soak them again. The pupil paint may come off as well.
  5. blythe eyechip repair These chips have been successfully cleaned. Notice that the faceted area looks nice and sharp again. The pupils have been damaged, though. If you want to remove any remaining pupil paint, or remove dents and scratches, file down the pupil with a medium nail file and buff it to a semi-shine with a multi-step nail buffer.
  6. blythe eyechip repair After you get all the dents and old paint off the pupil, repaint the pupil with black acrylic paint. if you are worried about getting paint in the faceted part, push the eyechip through a piece of paper punched with a regular round hole punch.
  7. blythe eyechip repair This chip has deep surface scratches and scuffs.
  8. blythe eyechip repairremove them by sanding the face of the chip with a medium-grit nail file. Nail files for acrylic nails work the best. Sand until you can’t feel the original scractches with your fingernail.
  9. blythe eyechip repair Move up to a finer nail file, and eventually a super-fine nail buffer. If you have Novus Polish, it works well at this stage, too. The more gradual steps you take with sanding grits, the shinier your chip will look. I like to buy nail blocks with 6 different grits on them. You can tell the chip is shiny enough when the reflected light looks sharp, like in the picture.

22 responses to “Eye Chip Cleaning and Restoration”

  1. J*me

    Thanks for the tutorial! I knew there had to be a reason why I kept those damaged stock eyechips! 😀

  2. Cauldy

    All your tutorials are fantastic! I’m a Pullip girl myself but I’ve still learned a lot about customizing thanks to your tutorials.

    An easy and quick way to repaint a damaged pupil is to pour a bit of acrylic paint on flat surface, then just dip the pupil into the pool of paint. I do this with all my damaged eyechips and I’ve never once got paint onto the faceted area of the eyechip.

  3. mo

    Thanks alot. I am just about to throw those scratched chips away. You are my chip-saver. Hug*

  4. Cauldy

    Hey! Update. I tried this method on the new Brainworm chips. It will work, but you need to add one last final step, since after using the super-fine nail buffer, the chips will look a little “cloudy.” But if you paint over the chips with acrylic gloss, they become shiny and gorgeous! Very quickly, paint on a thick layer of acrylic gloss, then set the chips pupil-down on a flat surface. The gloss will smooth itself out, eliminating brush strokes. When it dries, you get a lovely, shiny, scratch-free chip.

  5. Cauldy

    I do own the complete Novus kit and it wasn’t able to clear up the cloudiness, unfortunately.I noticed the plastic of the newer Brainworm chips seems softer than the plastic from the older chips — some of the blue chips I have from Brainworm I can easily scratch with my thumbnail!

    I haven’t had that issue with the eyelid, but my eyechips go into Pullips, not Blythes. The do have blinking eyelids but there may be more space between eye and eyelid in a Pullip?

  6. Claudia

    WOW O.O your tutorials are useful. Thanks for sharing. XD

  7. ryoko

    the tutorials are great! but what is elbow grease?

  8. kaka

    It really works…great tutorials!!!

  9. maricota

    can I use these kind of nail files to do the sand matting on Blythe’s face?

  10. melissa

    maricota – hard nail files are a bit too stiff to work over the smooth curves of blythe’s face. Sanding sponges are definitely worth the effort to find!

  11. Mako

    Hello everybody!

    I’ m a nood with Blythe and Pullip Dolls and recently, I tried to change the eyes of my Pullip for acrylic eyes..But after the sand, I saw little scratches on them, does somebody have any advices to help me make them shiny and new from now on?

    Thank you!!

    Have a nice day.

  12. Melissa

    Mako – Try “novus” plastic polish or a similar polish for acrylic/plastic.

  13. Mako

    Melissa > Thanks..But I live in France..I don’t think I can easily find this product in my place…

  14. Vicky

    WOW! This is so cool!

    I found out Pullip eye chips are like the Blythe ones but smaller and thinner just painted over. Is this a sfe thin to do with Pullip eyes?

  15. Laura D.

    Hi, what a wonderful website! Congrats! I’ve only just bought my first Blythe (Simply Mango) on Ebay and I’m waiting for it to arrive. You mentioned painting the pupil with acrylic paint, but what about the rest of the eyechip? Can you use some kind of glass painting colors for that? Can’t find any information on the internet…

  16. val maier

    this is a brilliant tutorial. when I think of all the chips I have thrown away that i could have saved 🙁
    thankyou 🙂

  17. Abby

    Hey im making a custom girl for the first time i cant afford to screw a 100 dollar girl so im buying a 24.89 Basaak girl any tips? <3 Abby

    1. Abby

      if you have an answer go to ur email and respond!! i have no idea what im doing >_<

      <3 Abby

    2. Abby

      OR REPLY WRITE HERE!! help!

      <3 Abby

    3. Opheliax

      Same here! I was going to buy some custom eyechips to experiment but I’m a little nervous. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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