Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Just a little Doll World information

This is a Kish Tulah, 7 1/2 inch, I repainted and a Tibetan Mohair wig made by Deb West, I glued on.. she belongs to Carmen, who is the Board owner of
"Riley Hugs and Kishes"

photo by Carmen

I was asked to explain what a doll "repaint " is... The original factory paint on a vinyl doll is removed with a solvent.. acetone and others. The face is then repainted with acrylic paint and sealed with a clear acrylic sealer, some use UV clear coats. An enhancement is just painting over the original factory paint in acrylics. This can be removed with rubbing alcohol is you are careful.. and not disturb the original paint. Some factory paint is difficult to remove, it gums up and smears, some leaves a stain. When removing paint you us MANY MANY tips, wet with solvent and just one swipe or dab for each q tip, then use a fresh one.. Some say to wash the face with baking soda ( dissolved in plain water) to balance out the ph after using the removers.. There is a great set of books called FASHION DOLL MAKEOVERS , Jim Faraone if you are interested.

I have repainted and enhanced, Barbies, Sashas, Madame Alexander Cissy(just eyebrows, mouth and eye and cheek color , they have sleepy glass eyes) Tonner Ellowyne Wild and Gene(16 inch fashion dolls) and Kish Rileys World( 7 1/2 inchdolls)Kelly and Tommy( Mattell)Living Dead 7 inch, Men of Honor,(23 inch Military men) and repaired numerous older dolls faces.. and some re- rooting.

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