PJ brought the kissy Blythe doll to the customization world. She was the first to create this unique look that is today her brand style. Her dolls are very expressive and have sweet child-like expressions.
People call my dolls “kiss doll” or “pouty doll”. I actually like these names a lot! I wish to make people smile when they see my dolls.Pin-Jie Huang / PJDolls
DollyCustom posed 12 questions to Pin-Jie Huang about her history as a customizer, her process, and techniques. Here are those questions:
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
Hello ~ I am PJ, born in 1989, living with my little Pomeranian dog. I come from Taipei, it’s a beautiful city in Taiwan. I am a professional Blythe doll maker.
When and how did you discover Blythe dolls?
When I was in college, I saw my friend post her custom Blythe dolls collection on Facebook. I was deeply attracted to her dolls, so I asked her what they were? How much do they cost? I was shocked when she told me the price. At that time I didn’t have enough money to buy one, so instead, I tried to do it by myself. Although in the beginning, the doll’s quality wasn't that good, it gave me more drive and motive to create better ones, and I was ever since completely in love with the Blythe dolls' world.
How long did it take for your style to emerge?
It all began by accident, some years ago a friend had asked me to do a Blythe with a funny face for her, so I tried to make cute kissy lips! That was the first time I discover this unique style of Blythe. I loved it so much! I think it’s very cute and charming, and most importantly, no one has done this before! So I’m really happy that I find myself a special and unique style.
Do you do this as a hobby or professionally?
In the beginning it was just a hobby, however as more and more people asked me about my dolls and order my custom Blythe dolls, I realized that I could make this as my real career. And as my customers gave me so much confidence and good feedback, I can work all day long and don’t feel tired
What is your creative process like? Do you plan your custom dolls from start to finish or just go with the flow?
Mostly I just go with the flow, sometimes an idea shows up and I follow it to see where it goes! It always surprised me when I see the result comes perfectly.
What is your favorite part of this process and your least favorite?
Oh, my favorite part is carving and makeup work!! It's so exciting for me to see my doll become a really beautiful doll! I like to give them personalities and energy through this process. And my least favorite is sanding time… lol! It's a boring part!
How long does it take you to customize one doll? Do you do one at a time or multiple?
Many people had asked me about this question. Usually, it takes 1 week to finish a doll, but mostly it depends on whether I had an inspiration or not, if I do, it could just take 2 days to finish, but if I don’t, then perhaps it could take me more than 2 weeks to finish one.
I usually do 1 or 2 dolls
Where do you work on your dolls? Do you have a dedicated workplace?
Currently, I work in my room
How would you characterize your style?
People call my dolls “kiss doll” or “pouty doll”. I actually like these names a lot! I wish to make people smile when they see my dolls.
What are your favorite tools? What is your favorite Blythe mold to customize?
Just some normal tools! I didn't buy expensive tools but it still works fine!
I love FBL the most!! Then EBL. I love the smaller eyes!! Looks innocence and baby-like!
How did you develop the pricing model for your dolls?
It depends on how much time I spend to make one doll. Compared to other people’s dolls, mine are not expensive. That’s because I wish to make more people happy, and I am eternally grateful to those who are willing to buy my dolls.
For the beginner customizer, what advice would you give them?
I think the most important thing is to BE TRUE to yourself. Every Blythe doll is unique because of the maker’s own personality, so don’t be afraid of trying new things and show the world who you are. You are your limited edition.
PJ is a prolific Blythe doll customizer that
- Dolls: 200+
- Started: 2015
- How to Purchase: Direct purchase via Etsy.
- Favorite Customizers: White Polka / Lita Chan / Ran Silent Night