Most of you are aware of the new scandal which runs all over internet since a couple of days : A collector bought an artist bjd, and intends to give it to a chinese recaster for him to sell this artist doll
cheaper; and some people on the page of this collector are extremely enthusiastic and beg her to send it for a recast.
I am not here to talk about the artist involved, as she is not a friend of mine and doesn’t like me much; I am writing this post not to gain her friendship or whatever; I am here tonight to do what is FAIR, even though some haven’t been fair with me last year, no need to remind what has been unfairly done to me.
First of all : what a recast exactly is? As I received some innocent messages from dear collectors not aware of such principles.
A recast is a (most of time Chinese) caster, whom buys a doll from company or directly from an artist, once he has the doll, he makes molds of it, and re-cast her in resin to sell the very same doll (though she is a bit a smaller as she is recasted) for a cheaper price.
It is simply stealing a doll and a pure act of counterfeiting.
What exactly is recasting an artist doll and its consequences?
I like to call my dolls Circuskane’s dolls. It sounds nice… ^^ BUT, I am NOT a company.
A company has a sculpting TEAM : I sculpt all alone.
A company has employees to answer the emails, ship the dolls, paint them : I answer my emails all alone, I ship my dolls one by one all alone, I paint them all alone.
A company casts its dolls : I don’t. I have a chinese very honest manufacturer ( the same one than Jpop dolls) whom casts my dolls in korean resin for me; therefore I PAY every casted doll, even my sample dolls, and I have a minimum order to respect : 30 for a colored doll, 50 for a fair skin doll. Which means that if a preorder doesn’t go well, I have to pay many unsold dolls on my benefits and I can even loose money on a doll which doesn’t meet her public.
Therefore, for a doll I pay about 150$ to my manufacturer, I have to add the glass eyes, the boxes to ship them to my collectors and the packing material, the shipment of my dolls from my manufacturer to my place… and I sell this doll about 350$. I don’t think I am too expensive. I also propose very easy layaways to allow everyone to get one of my dolls whatever their budget is.
The recaster will NOT pay 150$ every doll, recasting a doll will be the same price for him than it is for my manufacturer to make it; and my manufacturer ( bless her she is fantastic) makes a living on casting dolls of course!
Also, the resin used for recast are LOWER quality. therefore, it’s even cheaper for a recaster to recast a doll than it is to my manufacturer to cast it.
Companies run several dolls preorders at the same time : I do not because I cannot due to my minimum order number of dolls. I cannot say to my manufacturer ” this month, two like that, Nine of this one, and seven of that other please!”
Companies don’t only sell dolls, but wigs, outfits, eyes, shoes and accessories. Artists don’t. We don’t have time to design such things because we all do it all alone as mentioned above and also : we would have a minimum order for each item that we simply cannot afford and that would make us broke if we fail in the sales.
WE ARE NOT COMPANIES. WE ARE PRODUCING ARTISTS.
THAT makes a WORLD of difference.
If an artist doll is recasted and ONLY 30 are sold, not more, 30 is enough; we can say goodbye to our living for about 3 months. Because our living is based ONE DOLL for several months as we open one ( or two at most) preorder at the same time, as we have to sculpt the doll, present the prototype to the public, send it to our manufacturer in china, wait for the sample dolls, open a preorder for a month, then wait for the dolls to be there and to be shipped.
if we fail our preorders, we simply DO NOT EAT. and believe me, a recasted doll sells for WAY MORE than 30… Ordinary they sell them for 70 AT LEAST.
Recasting companies is disgusting. But recasting a producing artist is a crime because you are killing someone and FORCE him/her to give up on making dolls to earn a living and feed his/her children quickly because they cannot starve.
What I mean is that making a new cola will not kill Coca~Cola. even if they copy the design of the bottle and so on… and Coca~Cola would NEVER let someone make the very same packaging and drink for they have the means to hire the best international lawyers to make it STOP.
If someone comes on a small village and steals the hand made lemonade of aunt Lucy that she sells to make a living : you can’t tell her “make another one.” cause she can’t afford more lemons and sugar nor glasses and ice cubes. and she will ot have dinner this very day because nobody will buy a glass of HER lemonade because everyone is busy buying CHEAPER the lemonade which have been stolen from her.
and you know what? as she probably won’t have dinner this day, I doubt aunt Lucy will hire any lawyer, even a cheap one; to put the theft in jail, especially if he ran faraway with her bottles.
Buying a recasted artist doll is being accomplice of killing SOMEONE. Not a company, but an individual person who’s not rich into the bargain.
So, I want to tell to those collectors giving their artists dolls to recasters for getting a gift or free recasted dolls; that they must think of the PERSON who is behind : the artist, whom is all alone and tries to make a living. And at the moment, it could be fun to get a cheaper artist stolen doll. But what then when there will be no artist left?
What when all of us will have left to earn another living, somewhere else, to not let our children starving?
I won’t mention how hurtful it can be to see your own work stolen. Because, I STRONGLY believe that the sculptor working for a company and member of a sculpting team suffers as much as any artist does when he sees his work stolen to be recasted by theft.
Therefore, and even if my fellow artists may want to throw stones at my face because I say so; in MY opinion the emotional prejudice is the same for every sculptor in the world.
But the LIVING consequence is absolutely not the same.
I will now talk just for myself, and do not intend to discuss about the price of other producing artists : I do MY UTMOST to keep my dolls the cheapest I can. And for a doll as suzy, I can tell you that my benefit on each doll has been VERY small. I try to be completely honest with my collectors and I NEVER refuse a special plan with many installments to get one of my dolls. I am renown for that. I also am very blessed to have an amazing collectors gang whom always supports me, even when they don’t purchase a doll, they promote my work, they encourage me, they share my work and links with their friends; and I want to thank you deep from my heart for this my friends; and they WARN me when there is something wrong.
I know I am on the list to be recasted among a few other artists.
I may then have to stop making bjd to earn a living to feed my children, as I am a single mother of two boys, the youngest is autistic and autism is VERY expensive, I also try to support my parents the best I can for they ended up broke after supporting me for years when I was starving; BUT, even though one day I may have to stop to make bjd because of recasters and those “peculiar so called collectors”; I can tell you that I will spend till my last cent to SUE them internationally and will never give up for recasting is ILLEGAL and giving an artist doll to a recaster is ALSO ILLEGAL.
If I ever have to give up on the only thing that makes me happy in this world : making dolls; I swear God I will make those people responsible of the withdrawn of my entire life, regretting to be born. Because it’s ILLEGAL, UNFAIR, and I do NOT deserve that. Because I starved, and it’s not so to speak; not so long ago, and I will not let someone make it happen again.
I hope to remain a bjd maker for decades. I hope that people will understand how criminal it is to do this to an artist. I hope that our loving community will back our artists, ALL OF THEM, and I talk even of those whom dislike me. I hope that the people buying recast will remain healthy anyway.
Because if you ever wonder why recasted dolls are never the same color exactly than the original ones : It’s because the resin is lower quality as I mentioned above. Lower quality in resin, therefore not the same color, almost all recasted dolls smell kind of acid, and they discolor very fast; why?
Because PU Resin of poor quality is HIGHLY toxic. The smell from the doll is a toxic emanation due to that poor resin quality. they discolor faster because the resin is more porous than high quality resin therefore it absorbs what’s around but also DISCHARGES chemicals particles of resin. and yes, it’s very toxic and unhealthy to have recasted dolls.
To those thinking that resin is resin : then just check comparison photos between an original doll from a company or an artist and a recasted doll. You can recognize only on a picture which is the recast and which is the original, and that, even if the dolls are both blank.
On a lighter note, Iracebeth’s preorder is still open for a week HERE. After that, will start Maheya’s one.
And before presenting my new prototypes in a few days, Me and My dolls want to thank you tonight for your loyalty and for making me and mines, eating everyday.
Here we are, the people behind the CK Dolls and we are very grateful of your support which makes us live. That simple.