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When you pull the original cord, Blythe eyes will shut and click, but after giving your Blythe doll “sleep eyes” they will remain closed. To open her eyes, you will then pull the second cord that we are going to add in this tutorial.
Without the spring to automatically open her eyes, you can have control over whether her eyes are open or closed, and can also vary the amount her eyelids are closed.
1. Open your Blythe’s head. Begin by unscrewing the three screws on the back of your Blythe’s head plate. The RBL mold has two larger screws at the bottom, and one smaller screw at the top above the spring.
2. Using tweezers, unhook the spring in the slot below the screw. Let the spring retract inside Blythe’s head. Without the spring to automatically open her eyes, you can have control over whether her eyes are open or closed, and can also vary the amount her eyelids are closed. This is the slot where her new sleep cord will come out through.
3. Pop her head open by gently squeezing her ears together. You can see her one pull string and her eye mechanism.
4. Remove the spring all together or you can leave it in there just in case you ever want to put her back to normal and take away her sleep eyes.
5. To add the second cord to the eye mechanism that will allow your Blythe’s eyes to stay closed, feed the cord through the hole where the spring is attached and make a small knot
6. If you want to leave the spring , tie a second little looped knot around the other end of the spring to keep it from swinging around in her head. Your spring is not going to be reattached to the back of your dolls head plate.
7. Thread the new sleep cord though the slot where the spring used to be.
8. Now you are all set to pop her head back together and put her screws back on.