|Restored Margot performs a ballet move, thanks to her new stringing.|
|Margot arrived in dire need of restoration.|
|Her arm had been repaired with a Popsicle stick and masking tape.|
|I sculpted a new piece from epoxy to match the original.|
|Margot's eyes were stuck and her face needed some paint work.|
|Margot's whole torso was beginning to split apart.|
Close examination showed the walker mechanism had seized up because of a spring that had stiffened between Margot's legs. I write about this in my Anatomy of a Walker Doll post. I had Jerry hold the doll while I tried to get some wire cutters inside her to cut the spring, but as I did the poor stressed seams gave way and Margot split in half completely! I kept her like that for a while as I tried to decide whether to attempt to fix and replace the walker. In the end I decided she was too fragile and the walker would limit her movements so I strung her with elastic cord instead. Now that she's a strung doll she can really dance and pose like a ballerina!
|Margot's body required epoxy repairs to the seams.|
|I fixed her eyes and re-painted her face.|
|Margot after seam repairs and re-stringing.|
|Elastic stringing and bendable knees make Margot very poseable.|
|The costume has its original rhinestones.|
|It still has its tag.|
|Margot poses well and displays beautifully.|
Margot's light brown wig is absolutely perfect! I just dabbed it lightly with a damp paper towel to clean the dust off and curled the back around my fingers. I could tell exactly how big to make her headpiece because her tightly coiffed wig still has its original hairpins to hold the headpiece in place! The saran hair is remarkably soft, shiny, and frizz-free.
|Repairs to Margot's neck seams are slightly visible, but her hair is perfect.|
|The other repaired neck seam.|
|I treated the fraying leg seams so they won't get any worse.|
|Margot displays almost like a new doll!|
The next doll we are working on is the Sweet Violet or Active Miss (I don't know how you tell them apart) who arrived yesterday. She needs a good cleaning, some split repairs, a hair styling session, and some paint work, as well as a wardrobe. My daughter just started cleaning her today and spent most of yesterday going through my fabric stash and designing outfits for her. I'm happy this doll is such a big hit! My daughter has so many dolls I'm afraid she's a bit jaded. I would have killed for her Cissy doll, or her Revlon, or her Elise or Betsy McCalls, but she just sees them as one more doll!
|Sweet Violet in need of repair.|
|Violet, or Active Miss, is very poseable due to her many joints.|