Sunday, July 30, 2017

Ming Baby












              This is a little composition baby from the early 30's..His name is Ming and was a very popular little character with adults as well as children. This little guy was found in his original outfit, unfortunately was not maintained in an appropriate enviornment. His paint had all but completely lifted off, fortunately once the paint was completely removed his compo had not been comromised..          With restorations such as this, the expense is in the time that it takes to repair them. The hours of lifting the old paint, patching any holes or blemishes in the compo..Sanding, sanding, sanding...Then reapplying a new "skin" along with refinements...Unfornately, even if all original, the repairs are more costly than his value...I do try my best to keep my work affordable , but not at a loss...I know that doll restorationists have all been there...

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Flapper Carnival Child


Dad's Little Compo Baby











            This little darling is one that we are all familiar with. A VERY popular baby of the 30's and 40's. She belonged to my client's father and she wanted her to be repaired/restored to hand down to her daughter.

            Once the doll was taken apart she was stripped of her paint . The cracks and crevices were filled with a wood filler and allowed to cure. Once sanded...and sanded...and sanded..she was sealed.
All of her parts were airbrushed to duplicate the original color. Unforunately, her body could not be salvaged ...sooooo a new one was made using her original body as a pattern. Her crier was then repaired and placed back inside her little belly..