This little project had me excited!
Many years ago when I had my hair businesses, one shop was decorated with retro vintage things I collected on the weekends.
My clients saw what I was doing, some thought it was junk for the skip, others saw it’s value, especially one client an antique dealer Val Booth from Malvern Antiques. Others mentioned they had some old junk at home that they were happy to swap for a haircut. So the bargaining began!
One of the bargains was a little fella I have recently named “Rebel”. He has had a restoration and I’m so proud of him he is a prize in my collection.
I did the restoration myself, and I’m a male! BUT I DO NOT ADVISE THIS FOR OTHERS…~! Rebel started to fade quickly in his shoe box as the years went by, somehow the heat and moisture in the atmosphere was “cracking” him up!
Having a hectic life for many years I saw his deterioration and decided if anything, I would lightly spray him with a hairspray I knew was not full of chemicals to hold him together until I had time, as the paint you can see in the images was being destroyed and I wasn’t keen for this to happen to my ventriloquist toy doll !
After reading the above information I had decided that Rebel and I couldn’t afford to go see the doll doctor, so this special surgery had to be done at home! Yes peeps a “backyard” job OMG!! Do you feel the nightmare coming on?
Well, most of you can rest assured, this advise has saved Rebel’s life. Rebel is pimpin the “BRAND NEW ya’ll!” It is probably not the 100% professional job of a qualified doll restorer, but hey, me n Rebel is chuffed with the make-over, check it out for yourself.
I cannot THANK ENOUGH the information that I scored at “http://www.louiseslittleladies.com/care.htm” Lousies Little Ladies , your words on the web are worth spreading. PLEASE, DO NOT try this RESTORATION at home if your not way confident ! If you have a doll that is precious, please seek professional advise or services, this is not for the faint hearted!!!
Sorry to not take your advice Louise, but Rebel was my defintie “basket case” so he was “it”, & this restoration had to work, so I took my time. Being a graphic artist and hair colorist and artist gave me an advantage. This process is not as easy as it seems and the hours it took were many.
There was the process to remove the “brownish” stain seeping from the composite or maybe the hairspray residue, either way it was removed with a 2% peroxide by lightly dabbing, this was done before the acrylic paint went on as I thought this would eventually bleed through again, hence my OWN choice to do this. Not sure what Louise would say about this, I thought it was a fairly safe option, I could be wrong.
The painting part of him was intense, I could have been over zealous with my application in areas but hey, Rebel was a case, see the photos for yourself. The black paint nearly gave me a coronary, just as it can when coloring hair with multiple colors, so DEFINITELY DON’T do the black paint yourself. The red on the lips was done with one of my lorikeets feathers so I could get a fine line, again not a recommendation to yourself though!
Thanks for reading, hope this information gave you the inspiration to restore a doll professionally, or even by yourself, but do remember this is a skilled procedure. Similar to what http://www.louiseslittleladies.com/care.htm Louise says, if you want a good color for your hair, you seek a professional, doing it at home can have dire consequences. Otherwise, have fun with it! I DID!
Some finer details and tweaking are yet to be done on Rebel’s paint job, I hope to update pics of these minor things at some stage, and also when I find him the coolest clothes ever.. Long Live Rebel!!!
PS. Thank Jennifer Harry for your paints and hairdresser quality mixing of the paint to get the right color, you’re supreme!