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Monday, May 30, 2011

I Am Being Yelled At......

I am still plugging along at cleaning. This morning I ran onto three naked ladies......Remember these? A while ago, I wigged a couple and the one that is bald had hair already, but I didn't like it.

My big problem with these three were their arms. The person that assembled them made them too short. Their elbows were even with their between their bust lines and waists.

I am one of those DaVinci kind of people....You know that diagram that he is famous for. The diagram of the man with arms outstretched. The arms are the same length from tip to tip as his height. These poor creatures' arms were almost a head length shorter than their height.

I was hard pressed to fix them. The chenille stems were glued into the arms and the torso really well....

The bald lady was no problem. her arms were loose, but the shoulder holes wouldn't budge.

I cut off her arms and stuffed new stems into the cleaned out holes. Then I put new stems in the shoulder holes and twisted them with the ones that were already there. Using glue throughout the process, I ended by twining the new arm stem and the old and new shoulder stems together. I think that they are going to hold well.

Tessie was yelling at me for taking the lady's hair off. So I took a new hank of hair and uncurled it. I kind of liked it wavy, so I just glued a piece around her head for the time being....She kind of looks 30s style now.

Next I tackled the other two. They were the ones that were stuck fast.

Experimentation was in order. I cut off the old wires and grabbed some Super Sculpey. Luckily, the arm casts were very short. Since I couldn't get the wires out of the forearms, I cut the wires and formed a new end on the arms. As I did it, I added a chenille stem to each one. I still have to do a bit of sanding on the additions.

It's just a good thing that the shoulder holes had enough room for another wire. After the arms were baked, I did the twisting of old and new together. I am happy to report that all three ladies are much happier now. They can actually reach the tops of their heads to do their own hair. Before, they could barely reach their ears to put on earrings!

Tessie has stopped yelling at me....Temporarily. She is busy trying to find something to cover them with until I can get to making clothes.

I think that is going to have to wait. Walter and I have other things to do today.

See you tomorrow.


Kathi said...

Thanks for sharing these tips. Poor Grandpa's arms AND legs are falling off! Maybe I can fix them?
I really like your little blonde doll. She is precious!

Mona said...

I think you can do everything. And you're full of good ideas. Impressed.

Have you seen my giveaway, I know you can make these things better yourself :), but maybe you like the Mangletre.

Lucille said...

You did a super job fixing them up, Casey. The one in the middle. I love her shoes. Are they separate from her or part of her feet?

Caseymini said...

Lucille, the shoes are painted on. Part of the kit.

Christine said...

I love the way you have done the 30's hair. You make it sound simple and I suspect it would be a lot harder if I tried it. :)