Before we get started, let's remove dolly's clothing and slip her into a robe. Click HERE for the tutorial on making a kimono style robe. I also use "finger" towels I found at the dollar store. They are smaller than the typical wash cloths, measuring roughly 9x9" (22x22cm).
|Rub-a-dub-dub, nine girls in a stainless steel tub...|
On the other hand, last year, a lot of homeless dollies found their way to my doorstep after spending a year in an abandoned garage. I washed them all down using a mild dishwashing detergent and warm water and washed their hair. A couple of them were suffering from sticky legs. After washing and drying them off, I rubbed the legs down with a little bit baby powder. This also helps when putting pants on them!
|Look carefully and you can see dust around the eyes.|
|Use soft makeup or artist brush to gently brush dust from the crevices.|
Watch for dust that settles in tiny crevices around eyes, the nose and the corners of their mouths. This is very important before photographing them. It is most noticeable with medium to dark toned dolls. Hold a magnifying glass in one hand and use a soft paint brush the other to brush away the dust.
|For more stubborn or encrusted dust or dirt, use a cotton swap moistened with water.|
Kaylee’s Korner (The Beauty Parlour)
It’s actually very simple. Any inexpensive anti-acne cream with 10% Benzoyl Peroxide will do. Wash the doll with a mild soap and water then apply generous amount to the stain and set the doll in the sun for about a week. Check the progress from time to time, by wiping away. Then reapply more cream until the stain finally disappears. I’ve used this method on dolls of varying tones from fair to deep tan without any damage to the doll.
Fixing “Bent out of shape” limbs
2. Pour boiling water into a shallow bowl, then dunk the doll's arm into the water for a couple minutes.
3. Carefully bend the hand and arm back in place. To get it to fit where it should be, I pulled her arm towards the back and twisted a bit.
5. Hold the hand where it should be for a few minutes. You can also tie the hand in place on the body. Now--Carla can strike that pose with her hand on her hip!
This also works for dolls with legs that are bent or ankles that have warped. Again, dip the ankle in boiling water, bend back in place and hold for a few minutes.
|Before (older FR body); After (FR2 body)|
For the most part, I do not need to do much to my dolls' hair beyond the occasional brushing, restyling into an updo or adding in a hairpiece. A simple brushing with a wide tooth dolly brush or simply shaking the head is sufficient. For dolls whose style is gelled in place, I use a soft artist's brush to dust. But anyone with older "girls" or those of you who scour thrift shops digging for treasure, the time will come when you will HAVE to deal with frizz! Just remember, whether you want it straight or curly, hot water is your friend!
2. Don't scrub, but rather press and squeeze the suds throughout the hair.
3. Rinse well with lukewarm water.
4. Towel dry the hair then work in a small amount of hair conditioner. I understand that fabric softener works well, too!
5. Comb the conditioner through the doll's hair with a wide tooth comb. Hold onto the doll's hair and, beginning at the end, work your way up as you comb. Try not to yank out the dolls hair.
6. Have two small bowls of water ready: one boiling, the other cold. Dip the doll's head in the hot water for a couple minutes, then immediately dunk her hair in cold water. This helps to set the style (which in this case, is straight).
8. I tied a strip of cotton fabric around her head to train the hair to remain close to the head.
Dolly wanting an extreme hair makeover? Give her a new haircut! See "Making Kids Toys" for a straightforward tutorial on cutting doll hair into a short, chic, bob.
R&R (Rest and Relaxation)
|The pouch provides a nice barrier between the doll and whatever she's stored in, be it the original box or another container!|
Okay girls...wake up...spa day is over. Time to get back to work!!!
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