Monday, June 25, 2012

Patience Yields a New Look for Model 8

A new, more brown than auburn 1/6-scale doll wig arrived a couple of weeks ago, packaged in a pretty handmade box with a cute note card from Loanne of Tabloach Productions.  I could tell this wig and everything that accompanied it was made with love and care.  I also knew my patronage was appreciated.

At the moment of purchase, choosing a doll to wear the wig became a challenge because I have an extreme phobia about shaving a doll's perfectly good head of hair.  Cutting any doll's hair, even a dime... wait, I mean, a dollar store doll's hair is difficult for me.  This is more avoidance behavior than phobia.  I associate doll hair shaving with intentional doll damage.  Therefore, I avoid permanently altering a doll in that way.  Perhaps this is something I will overcome in the future, but right now, I choose not to do it.

Now, I did fall in love with this particular wig when I saw the online image on Facebook, which  appeared auburn.   Since 2001, when my grandson was born with a headful of auburn, actually fiery red hair, I have had an affinity for auburn haired black dolls.  Throughout his decade +1 years, Grandson's hair has become more sandy brown with red highlights and is now worn closely cropped, but I still love black dolls with auburn hair. 

I chose BB Model 8 from the "Denim Collection" to wear this wig because her original short gelled hairstyle did not require cutting for the wig to fit.  Since June 2011, she had worn a Limbe Dolls braided wig.  After initially trying on the Tabloach wig, which did not seem to work well for her, I replaced her true auburn braided wig and stored the Tabloach wig in the original box.

Viewing a similar Tabloach wig last week in a Chynadoll Creations post, prompted me to work with the new wig a little more.  I determined that Model 8's clothing may have been in the way of her new wig, so I removed the tunic and scarf  (part of a LIV, Liv'n Fab fashion) that she'd been wearing over her original black tank top and skinny jeans.  With that, she was already beginning to wear the wig well.  "Earrings... she needs earrings," I thought.  A quick trip to the beauty supply store's 99 cents earrings section yielded her modified "Basketball Wives" earrings. 


Prior to my modification, Model 8's new earrings had been nearly 6 inches long!  The above image illustrates the bottom 4 inches that I snipped off.

Wearing the new wig and earrings, I took several photos of "Jean" with and without the camera's flash.   Her best close-up and full-length photos are shown below.

Barbie Basics Model 8, Denim Collection, in new wig and new dangle earrings

Jean and I love her new wig!  All it took was patience on my part and the correct fashion and accessories for her to "work" it.

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9 comments:

  1. "You better work....Work it girl." These comment sections really should allow us to sing. She looks fabulous!

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    1. You gave me a good chuckle this morning, Vanessa! Thanks!

      She is sashaying all over the doll room. Maybe I should name her Shanté instead of Jean.


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  2. she looks great!!! I LOVE the wig - and the earrings!

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    1. Thank you, Sabriam!

      John sends his love.

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  3. I love the way she looks with her new wig! Your patience certainly did pay off!

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    1. Thanks, Roxanne! Chynadoll's Karrin motivated me to exercise it.

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  4. Holy wow! What a transformation a little hair makes. She looks like a totally different girl.

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    1. She does look different (in a very good way) doesn't she, Muff?
      :-)

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  5. She looks great!! She has such a pretty face! She is rocking those earrings!

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