Head opening, Scalping, and eye removal – Middie Blythe

  1. Remove the 2 screws on the back of her head. Put them in a safe place. these are the “large” screws.
  2. Squeeze her ears (similar to RBL) to release the clips on both sides. In some middies, the clips are harder to release than others. You may press down on the clip by inserting a tiny flathead screwdriver (the kind in an eyeglass kit is great for this) and pushing in directly in front of her ear.
  3. Pull apart the 2 halves of the faceplate. The scalp may remain stuck to either the front or the back faceplate. There is often glue between the scalp cap and the faceplates, so you will have to go slowly and use a sharp craft knife if necessary to trim anywhere you see or feel glue. Set the body and neck assembly aside.
  4. The scalp should pull out of the cap easily if you are rerooting. If not, pull as much as you can and trim any stubborn flange with your craft knife.
  5. Remove 2 screws from the mechanism. These will be refered to as the “medium” screws. Keep in a safe place.  If you are simply customizing makeup, you can stop here. Go paint your face!
  6. Pull out the Eye mechanism. Remove 2 screws from the bottom of the mechanism. These are the “small” screws. Keep in a safe place (no really, don’t lose them!). Note in the picture that they go into the front-most set of holes, near the eyeballs.
  7. The eye mechanism will now easily pull apart into many pieces.
  8. Remove the last screw from the eyelids. This is the “tiny” screw. Put it with the rest of its screw sisters.
  9. Pop off both eyeballs
  10. Middie’s eyechips are installed differently than Blythe’s. They push through the back of the eye. Use a sharp knife to score the glued area of the inside of the eyeballs.
  11. Push gently on the front of the eyechip, it should easily push through. If not, score again on the glue with your sharp knife. Do not try to pull them through the front of the eyeball, or both the chip and eyeball will be damaged. (yes, learned the hard way!)
  12. That’s it!  Have fun customizing Middie. To re-assemble, reverse these steps. I recommend using water-soluble craft glue when re-gluing the eyechip backing, so you can easily change them in the future.

9 responses to “Head opening, Scalping, and eye removal – Middie Blythe”

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  2. WPZ

    CUTEY!! I want to reroot one! Would you facepaint it for me?!

  3. Louisa

    Great tutorial! What size are the chips? Are they the same as the Neo chips?

  4. margie

    Does anyone make new eyechips for Middie yet? I’m willing to do the work to take her apart if there is.

  5. Shyama Deo

    This site really keeps on improving every time I show up.
    You should honestly be happy.

  6. margie-AKA-LadyCrow

    I have tryed everything to get one of my eyechip out of my Middie. One went easy,the other one is stuck. I followed the tutorial to the T and I stll can’t get it out. I even tryed soaking it in very hot water. Is there a safe glue chemical that I can use to get the glue out from under the chip. As I think mine just got more of the glue.
    Any and all help is truly appreciated!

  7. Zenzile

    This was super helpful! Just got my first Middie and thankfully opening her head was very successful. Thanks!

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