She also had black stains on her face, on her forhead, nose and chin. I thought this was the perfect time to try the benzoyl peroxide zit cream (I found some at Dollar Tree) in sunlight method.
Husband: Why is there a doll head on the window sill?
Me: I'm trying to get rid of black marks on her face.
M: With peroxide cream and sunlight.
H: How does the sunlight help?
M: I don't know. That's what the internet told me to do.
*A few hours later*
Husband: So, as far as the sunlight goes, the UV from the sun doesn't actually help the peroxide to work, it's the heat apparently. I have a heat lamp you can use, since there's not a lot of heat coming through that window.
Me: Wow. You've done a lot more research than I did.
Anyhoo...under the heat lamp she went! It worked like a charm!
|If only zit cream worked this well on humans.|
She also didn't have much of her original hair, so next step was the reroot. I used Golden Sun that I had in my stash from DollyHair.com. It was during rerooting, I discovered cracks in the vinyl of her face, one at the back of her head, and a few fine ones at the bottom of her chin. I glued them with plastic adhesive.
When I finished her hair and tried to put her back on the body she came on (the one I suspected to be wrong). All the splits cracked open again. I realized why. The neck post was too large for her tiny neck hole, and the force of trying to get the head on caused the cracks.
Great. Now she needed a new body. I scoured through my donor body dolls (Made to Moves, older articulated Fashionistas, and Liv), but couldn't find the right skin tone match. I finally found a match, but the doll wasn't in my donor pile. It was a Raquel (I think?) Fashionista, but I wasn't ready to behead her. She's just too pretty.
I went to Walmart in search of a body. I finally found a budget Barbie doll (basic articulation) with the right skin tone, for around $10. Success!
|Left to right: New body, Raquel Fashionista, old body|
This doll was such a pleasure to unbox. There were only about 3 plastic ties to clip, and NONE IN HER HEAD!!! I hate those stupid plastic ties they put in the head.
Off came her head...NO PRONGS!! Yay!!! Just mounds of glue stuck to the post. Ugh.
The neck post was still a bit wide for the head, so I got out my Dremel tool and ground it down.
I didn't want to re-glue the cracks in her face until I was done fitting her head on the neck, to lessen the chances of them splitting open again.
|This crack was the only one I could really capture in a photo, it's also the biggest.|
I just love her. Her face paint doesn't even need to be touched up!
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