Monday, July 13, 2015

Fashion Corner Quick Fixes

Fashion Corner Clearly Casual and Zahara

In my previous post on these two Fashion Corner divas, I indicated my plans to rebody both due to their injured extremities. One had a broken leg, the other a broken arm. The rebodying plan has changed, possibly temporarily, but maybe permanently (none of my on-hand dolls' complexions match theirs).

As a plan B, I decided to mend their amputated extremities using air dry modeling clay and glue. I was hoping the modeling clay alone would work. However, it did not.

Just enough modeling clay is pressed into the arm hole with the excess removed from the edges.  The arm was pressed into the soft clay-filled arm hole to create an impression of the arm knob.  The arm was left in the arm hole until the clay dried around it.

Similarly, the hole in the leg was filled with modeling clay and the leg pressed into the clay to create the pattern of the broken leg knob.  A small amount of modeling clay was left around the circular edge to harden.  I knew I would have to glue the leg to this area and that the leg would not be able to move.  The goal was a repair, not articulation.  The clay dried overnight without the leg pressed into it.

The clay has dried around the arm knob.  The arm remains in place as shown in this photo of Zahara being held sideways.  However, when an attempt was made to put her blouse on, the arm shifted.  The arm was removed; tacky glue was applied over the clay and the arm reattached.  Not shown:  Adhesive tape was placed over this area to hold the arm in place until the glue dries.

The clay inside the leg hole of Clearly Casual Zahara has dried, glue applied over the clay, and the leg properly positioned.  The leg is held in place with adhesive tape to secure it in place until the glue dries.

Both girls are dressed and shoes added to match their clothing.  Even though one cannot move both legs and the other cannot move both arms, they appear as good as new.



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12 comments:

  1. That's the spirit! Good job darling =D
    Hugs!

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  2. Hi Debbie,
    You did a great job. Those dolls are lucky to have been found by you.
    By the way, regarding the issue of Sharif's tiny feet, Asivil aka Tiendas Asi dolls are 23" tall and their feet are bigger than Sharif's. It really plays the trick. So if you get the possibility to get your hands on some of their shoes, don't hesitate.
    I have a question. What did you use to secure the end of the braids you did on your Sylvia Natterer's doll? I would like micro braid one of my doll's hair.

    Take care,
    Arlette

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    1. Thank you, Arlette.

      Thanks for the heads up on the Asivil/Tiendas Asi doll shoes.

      I secured the ends of Joy's braids with regular black rubber bands wrapped underneath the beads. I did not use the elasticized/silicone kind, but the original rubber bands. The elasticized, so-call snag-free style break easily with use and with time. I was surprised that Joy had only lost about three rubber bands from the ends of her braids after some 15+ years.

      It is more time consuming, and if your plan is for the braids to be permanent, ties of black upholstery thread or embroidery yarn will work well to secure the ends indefinitely.

      I hope this helps!

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    2. Thanks a lot. 15+ years and only three bands missing! Fantastic!
      Yes, I would like the doll to keep her hairstyle permanently. So I will go with the black thread solution.
      Again, thank you for answering me.

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    3. You're welcome, Thammie. I hope you'll write a post to show the before and after results of the braiding. I still regret not having taken a before photo of Joy's hair.

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  3. Be able to look after is really an art!They are really lovely,Debbie.And I hope they could find a new body for a complete freedom.They deserve that since they are very beautiful.Well, as me, with my Tammie, I had to wait a lot of time but the perfect body finally arrived in the right time,as you seen...I left you an answer on CLICKING DOLLS,my friend!

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    1. Thank you, Jorge. If I should find a suitable articulated body, I will rebody these two since their heads remove quite easily. I will read the comment you left for me now.

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  4. You're like MacGyver up in here!

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    1. Okay. I'll admit it. I've never watched an episode of Macgyver, so I had to Google the show's name to get a synopsis:

      "MacGyver is a top agent for the Phoenix Foundation, a progressive agency devoted to righting the wrongs of the world. Even more progressive is the genius MacGyver, who never carries a gun and always thwarts the enemy with vast scientific knowledge - sometimes with little more than a paper clip and the duct tape in his pocket."

      Sounds like my kinda guy: Mr. Solve-it/Fix-it with on-hands stuff, no weapons involved. That's me in female form; and if I can't do it, I'll ask my husband who'll find a way. :-)

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  5. pierwszy raz widzę te panienki...

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