|One big box of dolls I've been working on.|
I certainly don't mind shopping! It's a lot of fun. Now that the purchasing is mostly over, however, I've had to get down to work so I could start listing! I started with a large box lot of dolls, clothes, and various odds and ends. I found a Ginny Baby, I think from around 1968, in the box, as well as an earlier 1950s ballerina, probably by Valentine Doll Co. Most of the stuff in the box was 1940s or 50s, so I could be mistaken about Ginny Baby's age; she might be older than I realize.
|The vintage Ginny Baby after restoration.|
The Ginny Baby had her original outfit in very good shape, but she herself had been played nearly to death. Her hair had become matted and woolly. I thought at first it had been cut, but after I washed it and combed it out I realized it was just all squashed to her head and had a bit of breakage. Ginny had lost most of her eyelashes as well, and had various rubs and scrapes to her body. Over the weekend I set her hair in Shirley Temple ringlets, replaced her eyelashes with long blond ones (a better match), and refreshed her cheek paint. She turned out very cute and is ready for lots more play.
|Two Valentine ballerina dolls|
|The larger ballerina after restoration.|
I gave her a good cleaning, set her hair, refreshed her lip paint, and treated her face. This is an easy fix; just apply a thin coating of baby powder to the vinyl and gently rub it in. Then wipe away any excess with a tissue. The vinyl will lose its sticky texture and will also lighten some. The vinyl ballet shoes the doll wore were also sticky so I treated them as well.
I was low on the vintage-style flowers I use to embellish doll costumes and hair, as well as some other supplies, so Jerry suffered through the clearance aisles at Michael's on our way home from a party on the other side of the lake. I found just what I needed, however, and have already put them to good use!
|The Valentine ballerinas have thinner hair on the back of their heads.|
|Upswept hair helps hide the thin spots.|
|I transformed this doll to an ice skater!|
|Twinkle Toes Tiny Betsy by Tonner|
|This Cissette ballerina doll is nearly finished.|
I have gotten sick, over the past few rainy months, of waiting for paint to dry, so I ordered some heat-set oil paints and a heat gun to dry them. This is the best invention ever, in my opinion! The paint stays wet until you cure it with the heat gun, and then it dries immediately. The Cissette had been sticky for a week with paint that wasn't drying on her epoxy repairs, so I dried it with the heat gun in minutes!
|Another rain-washed day on the lake.|
|Nylon ties attached to metal are supposed to increase yields.|