Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Vinyl"Mama" Baby Repair

                            Popular "mama" doll of the 50's..early 60's...One of the many types
                    of damage that can occur to these vinyl dolls. I reinforced the tear with muslin
                    permeated with silicone...Then applied thin layer upon thin layer of "Liquid
                     Sculpey"...heating the vinyl ( EVER SO CAREFULLY) between applications.
                     Tear is still mildly visible but the repair is cosmetically acceptable and very
                    strong....Her momma is pleased ( and so am I)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Trio of Forever Friends
                  She is the last of my customers trio of antique dolls. She was in remarkably good
            shape (aside from her neck socket disappearing into her body) and required what is
              considered to be "maintenance" repairs.

                          Her sleep eyes were perfect and her mohair wig only needed mild
                      cleaning...Of course, she spent a few days with perm rods in her hair to
                       achieve a lasting curl...

                                                                Pretty in Pink

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

C.M Bergman Baby repair


  This gorgeous baby is the second of my customers repairs...Once belonging to her Aunt..This little lovely had a broken wobble tongue which was attached to her (also broken) sleep eyes..What amazed me was the fact that the mechanisim had broken into three seperate pieces but NO damage was done to her pristine head....Her outfit was in very good condition and only required light cleaning and mending.....

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Paper-Mache Restoration

Finished doll with handmade dress using Vintage fabrics...Replacement antique blown glass eyes...
Hand knotted human hair wig
               This young lady is part of a trio of antique dolls that were sent to me for repair...She
      was a childhood doll of my clients Grandmother.  Quite large (32") and stuffed with straw and
      sawdust......As you can see, she was in rather poor condition....The back of her shoulder-plate
      had been broken off ( with some pieces missing)...Body was too fragile to handle and was
       missing an arm...no eyes or wig..... Stunning face and the most gorgeous painted legs with black

Shouldplate rebuilt using paper-mache and reinforced underneath with Bondo for added strength
A new arm was sculpted for her using paper-mache..A replacement arm was impossible to find and
one original arm is always better than two replaced ones