|15 N Revlon doll, restored|
I was less than thrilled to see the condition of the doll. Two of her fingers had been chewed off. Someone had cut her hair into a horrible mullet (although she would have been quite fashionable in 1985 or so!). Her body had a variety of stains. She had clearly worn a dark outfit with black stockings for many years; I could see the exact place the sleeves and stockings ended because the dye had transferred. She also had various crayon and marker stains. One of her eyes was stuck open.
Miss Revlon also was missing all her clothes except for a decrepit coat dress clearly not manufactured by Ideal. When you get one of these rare sized dolls, like the 15N Revlon or the Dollikin Squirt, one of the first things you notice is, hard as it is to find the doll, finding clothes to fit her is even more difficult! I'd hoped the clothes in the same box would fit the doll, but of course they didn't! So, it was clear I'd have to work on an outfit for her as well.
I started the restoration with a thorough cleaning and application of acne cream to the doll's stains. While the cream did its work, I tackled the missing fingers. I sculpted new fingers from hard plastic epoxy and painted them with oil paint.
|I sculpted new fingers and treated the doll's stains.|
|I gave the doll a partial re-root with human hair and fixed her eye.|
|The repaired fingers|
When I looked through my doll clothes I found a Vogue dress originally for the 1964 Miss Ginny doll. I've had for a long time because it didn't fit anyone else and I've never come across a Miss Ginny. I tried it on the child-size 14-16 inch dolls, like Polly Pigtails or My Friend Mandy, but it was too tight in the waist for them. It's a perfect fit for the 15N Revlon.
I was lucky enough to win a lot of 15 inch shoes. Most were singles, but there are a few pairs in the lot. I had some vintage doll earrings in my office, so I replaced the metal posts with 14K gold-plated posts that won't cause green ear. Then I made some stockings and an adjustable "diamond" ring for the doll. Then, when I was all done with the outfit, I ordered a new lot of dolls and clothes and...found a whole wardrobe to fit this doll! I'm working on cleaning and repairing these right now and I will be listing them separately in my store: http://stores.ebay.com/atelier-mandaline.
|It's hard tell the repaired fingers from the original ones! I made this ring.|
|I gave her lingerie, shoes, and earrings with gold posts.|
|This Vogue dress is a perfect fit.|
|Now the doll displays as nearly new!|