Some work in progress photos to illustrate how I’ve recently done reroots on dolls with holes in their heads (2 barbies with scalp holes for hair/crown gimmicks) and now a monster high clawdeen with the animal ears removed.
E6000 glue placed inside the head via the neck and from the outside of the holes. It’s self levelling so I tape over it and leave it to dry upside down for over 24-36h (anything less and it’ll stick to the tape when you remove it and you’ll have to add more glue. These aren’t thin strips of glue but probably 5 – 7mm globs. It’ll need another 24h to be safe to reroot.
I used a very sharp exacto knife to remove any excess bits on the edge of the holes as it could easily start to peel and pull off.
The glue grabs the needle just like vinyl does so it’s good for a tool method reroot.
I don’t like to layer on the scalp paint too thick (if I use paint at all) to better see the existing holes. The glue patched earholes show up as slightly darker but they’re completely hidden in most hair styles.
I recommend painting over the earholes to be totally opaque when rerooting a pale skinned doll such as Catrine, or if you’re using nylon which is slightly translucent.
This works with both the white and yellow glues but it does have to be disintegrating and therefore sticky. This won’t work if the talc can’t stick to the glue.
- Put on some clothes that you don’t mind getting covered in talc and use a face mask if you have asthma.
- Put your thumb over the neck hole while shaking the head or you’ll get talc everywhere.
- Squish the head to break up the glue and shake some more.
- Tap the neck hole against your hand to get the lumps out. You may need tweezers for the bigger bits.
- You can use a screwdriver or long scissors or hemostats to gently scrape around the inside of the head to dislodge more glue but be careful to not pull hair into the head.
I used this method on my Honey Swamp (early june 2016, 4 months ago at the time of this post) and she’s not seeped anymore glue. It’s still early but now that so much glue is out, I’m hopeful that she won’t seep more and require a reroot – I don’t want to touch those gorgeous curls!
removing glue from mattel doll heads with talc
-dollar store ebay doll clothes and accessories reviews
-making an 8-9″ BJD wig work for Pullip
-different methods for rerooting a fringe/bangs
Another dollarstore ebay review:
The $2 body aka “doll toy no head” or the pale fakie body without the torso joint.
Ok where to start? Well mine arrived broken and with two right lower legs so that took a classic “drill a hole with a nail drill, put in a piece of paper clip + glue it” fix and it’s kind of obvious that she’s got wonky lower legs.
- The body arrived with the arms seperate so you’ll need to crack open the torso to put them in.
- The torso and upperlegs are made of thin hollow hard plastic that is light enough for Licca, Kuhrn, Lelia, etc…
- The hard plastic has black marks that only go away with sanding or wiping with magic eraser.
- The neck knob doesn’t allow for much range of movement.
- The upper legs have heavy seams that needed scraping off with a craft knife as they interfered with movement at the hip joint
- The arms and lower legs are vinyl of a darker skintone with darker marks in the vinyl itself (cannot be removed), joints of a different colour and some flash on the hands. The joints hold well. The different pieces aren’t removable.
While this body is a *lot* less floppy than the fakie body with a torso joint and is an OK match for pale skintones it’s also lesser quality in terms of the hollow plastic and mismatched arms/lower legs. You’ll need a magic eraser + craft knife to prep this body for use and it’ll be discoloured. I don’t recommend it for dyeing as there are too many different plastic types and colours.
Listing image, Arrival and Pin repair:
Body after seam removal and magic eraser, Body with Lelia head
From Ebay China. A few years back a chinese seller had these black glasses at $1 per pair and I bought several for my Barbies. I hadn’t seen them at less then $4 since… until last month – twenty at once with free shipping!
They were bought on the 28th of november and arrived the 4th of january.
Here’s the link to get your own:
They all have a teeny bit of flash on the upper bridge, I removed it with a knife for all the doll photos here. The glasses fit Barbie + Integrity sizes best and can be bent to fit Myscene and Licca but they look rather unfortunate on Myscene who’s eyes are painted off center for a cute cartoony effect. They don’t fit Monster High.
The hipster Licca picture is free to distribute and edit. ?
Some quick Hobbit vs Bellybutton Barbie body comparison photos while I have these two ladies on hand with their cool contrasting legs.
Arm and leg size is pretty much the same, waist is surprisingly the same too but bust and hips/butt are too different to share clothes.
Now, most of you probably know about repurposing those little keychain/bag ball chains to make a necklace for your dolls but it can get really fiddly trying to get it on and you’re limited to silver metals that might stain.
Here’s a quick primer on how I’ve been making these:
Buy aluminium ball chains in multicolours and aluminium ball chain clasps in the same ball size (got 500 clasps and a bundle of 6 chains for $1 each free p+p from ebay china).
You then cut the chains to the right length for your doll with a wire cutter and before you add the clasp: widen both ends by pushing a round nose plier upwards so that the clasp is now easy to pop on your doll even when there’s limited space for your fingers (like in the three wrap seen above on Bélla).
As usual, if you’d like some clasps from me (I have hundreds left!) just ask me to add them to an existing order or just pay postage. If you’d like a ballchain necklace, same: 3 for $1.
PS: Bélla is named after Gina Torrès’ character in Hannibal and she’s a modified Magic Nights Out Sashabella.
New Lush lilac Saran batch from http://retrodolls.uk :
New Clover (no longer high denier, beautiful grassy colour) from Retrodolls vs “evergreen” or “seafoam” from other dollhair vendors:
As always the weights per hank were 11g-12g with a very generous 14g and 16g for Envy and Vapour blends. The hair arrived fast considering it was shipped from the UK.
Here’s an older photo of Pink Gin (which I use a lot) vs Cupcake Pink:
It’s very slightly more orange but turns out gorgeously cutesy pastel pink when rerooted.