In a comment to yesterday's post and my discovery that the bottom of Ginger's head was closed and not open as I had anticipated, Vanessa asked, "Have you checked under her wig? She may have a hole in the top of her head under her wig cap."
With her wig still in place, I felt all around Ginger's head and did feel a "soft spot" in the back of it. An area of that spot would move inward with pressing. I removed Ginger's wig and this is what I discovered:
|Ginger's head has a grooved circular disk in back that is glued in place.|
The eye sockets were covered with white felt which was glued in place. I peeled the felt away and from the front, applied pressure to Ginger's old eyes to push them inside her head for removal.
|Ginger's old eyes are being removed.|
The photo above illustrates how the eyes were positioned onto the felt.
I removed the old eyes from the felt and the inner socket remained glued to it. The new eyes did not have an inner socket, so I applied glue around the old socket as well as on the felt. The new eyes were placed onto the old sockets as illustrated next.
|Ginger's new eyes, glued onto old eye sockets|
Now the hardest part was to properly position the new eyes into the eye cavities.
|Open head and eye cavities after old eyes were removed|
I had to make several adjustments, but finally centered the new eyes in place.
|Ginger's new aqua hazel eyes look much better than her cloudy and Sharpie'd ones.|
Grandma's Gingerbread Recipe
While manipulating Ginger during the eye transplant, I noticed a Gingerbread recipe on her dress, which is shown above. Based on the use of Oleo, this must truly be Grandma's recipe. I haven't seen or heard of Oleo margarine in years.
Thanks again Vanessa for the suggestion. I probably would have never known about that removable area at the back of Ginger's head.
~*~*~*~*~*Addendum (In answer to the question: How do you measure the eye socket to get the correct eye size?)
I followed the instructions, diagram, and inches-to-millimeter conversion chart here to accurately measure Ginger's eyes (essentially the eye opening was measured from outer corner to corner).