First…I want to wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Joyous New Year! It’s hard to believe that 2012 is behind us and we have a New Year to look forward to. I came back to the Doll Hospital today and guess what I found when I opened my email?? QUESTIONS…yes–questions from my loyal, faithful and really cool blog readers.
First…. B.V. asks “Do you have any suggestions on how to remove stains caused by the dye from clothing?”
Yes B.V., I have an answer! I know from personal experience whenever I remove the dark or brightly colored clothing on any of my vinyl dolls….chances are pretty good I might find some stains. The best product I have used is “Remove-Zit” made by Twin Pines of Maine. It works by lifting out the stains over time…(usually 2 weeks or more) so you must have a bit a patience and give it time to do its magic. Many collectors swear by OXY 10 applied and left on for several days at a time. I have not personally tried that-but I always recommend whatever you try–test first on a tiny area…just in case. The Remove-zit comes with instructions that you must read and follow to protect your doll from damage.
Now…L.W. asks “My Matt got his foot stepped on. What is the best kind of glue to put him back together?”
This one is a bit tougher to answer as Matt has a pivot type joint with small plastic parts inside that ankle. To glue the break would prevent any movement of the foot so putting shoes on would be nearly impossible with a foot glued in place. Remember…Matt bodies are a combination of plastic and vinyl…and it is usually the brittle plastic joint that breaks. My suggestion would be to purchase a replacement body..or possibly just the lower half–so your Matt can walk and pose like he pleases!!
Another question from L.W. is “What is it we use on our fashion doll hair that makes the curls so hard?”
Oh…we call that crunchy here and those crunchy curls are held during that long ocean trip to our warehouse by using a non-alcohol strong hold hair gel. I agree–seems like curls of steel….but start scrunching and squeezing those curls for a few minutes and the crunch is gone–but curls are still there.
Another question “When you seal the face paint–what type of sealer do you use Brush on…or Spray on?”
OK…here I paint antique compo dolls with acrylics and usually seal with a matt sealer. When I paint resin–I always use Mr. Super Clear Matt and never seal a doll unless eyes are covered (in the case of inset). When sealing painted eyes…I use acrylic gloss sealers. I have had several questions come to me this week about the new vinyl Evangeline Ghastly bodies. The new vinyl and HP bodies are no longer strung—but rather on a neck button like Ellowyne and the Tonner gals. These bodies are the bomb!!! Did I mention how much I love them? I can tell you nearly all parts can be swapped out should you have a problem or issue, so no more hours in surgery for her! The one thing I can do to answer so many questions about this body is to show it. Yes T.C –you can see how the hands can be replaced when pup starts teething again…
Submit A Question to Dr. Noreen
email Noreen at: firstname.lastname@example.org
make the Subject: Questions for the Doll Doctor