Restorations

Sadie – ooak Pippa doll reroot repaint make over

Happy Saturday doll fans! Today I have for you a repainted, rerooted and redressed vintage Palitoy Pippa doll. Same scale as her American counterpart, Topper Dawn. I don’t do very many Pippa makeovers, not because I don’t like Pippa, but because they are very hard to come by on this side of the Atlantic, especially in Canada. No finding them in boot sales around here!

I have a small collection that I have curated over the years and there have always been a couple of girls who were waiting patiently for new hair and faces. This is one of them πŸ™‚

I gave this girl a platinum blonde reroot because I just love that super pale blonde hair! I use a sew in method that is a variation of the lock loop, so I don’t fill their heads with glue. I don’t use any glue. I also don’t poke the hair into the scalp from the outside as that method tends to tear the vinyl of the head.

After her reroot she was parted and styled and given a trim. (Side note: I was sure I had taken some in process pictures but now they’ve disappeared! If I locate them I’ll update the post.)

Then on to her new features. I gave her warm brown eyes with a little black subtle liner and deep red lips. I use artist quality paints pigments and sealers on my repaints. I want them to stay looking fresh and just painted for years to come. I rerooted her lashes as well.

She needed something fitting to wear and I chose deep red silk to match her lips. Her raw silk outfit is a two piece dress. The strapless bustier top is fully lined and fastens with two brass beads ands hand knotted red thread loops and the matching gathered skirt has a silk waistband and also fastens with a brass bead and hand knotted thread loop. It has metal chain and red glass seed bead hem embellishment all the way around the hem.

I’ve made accessories to finish her look. She carries a hard sided red silk purse. This tiny purse has metal wire handles, is lined inside, opens for Pip’s important bits, and fastens with, you guessed it, a brass bead and hand knotted thread loop. She’s also got a chain necklace sporting a small red Swarovski crystal in the center and she wears a custom pair of shoes. The little gold shoes have chain uppers and stacked bead heels.

This little lady is on Ebay right now but only for another day and a half!

Sadie on Ebay

Thanks for stopping in πŸ™‚

~awsumgal

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Desperately Seeking Susan Skull Case WIP 5 and Done!

I have reached the finish line here πŸ™‚ I can hardly believe it, but the case is complete. It’s quietly curing it’s varnish in the corner even as we speak…

The “little bit of hand painting and touch up” I made reference to last time turned out to be something hard to stop lol! Just a little more here, just a little more there, then back over here and ….

My partner and I used to call that the plaster rule. Back when we were drywalling and plastering our first fixer upper, we often found that days and days could be lost in the swirling time-suck vortex of plastering, sanding, plastering, sanding with benefits versus effort diminishing everyday – but I digress πŸ™‚

At any rate, I was finally pleased with the paint.

I put the grosgrain ribbon loop tie-ins and sewed them to the original anchors and I made sure the lining and the backing were well adhered to the inside of the case all the way around. Thank you, straight up lowly clothes pins! I touched up and then gloss varnished the handle.

The whole case was then treated to several coats of spray varnish all over πŸ™‚ And ba Bam, It was all over!

So, without further ado, here is the finished project….

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And Inside……

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And once more with the tiny dolly version…

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Once more with a dolly πŸ™‚

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Hope you’ve enjoyed reading along with this project! Next up will be a Janet Jackson concert outfit for a 17″ doll with loads of detail I can sink my teeth into!

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Happy Saturday, thanks for reading!

~awsumgal

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Desperately Seeking Susan Skull Case Bigger – WIP 4

This post is all about the interior lining. I want it to look like Susan’s case, even on the inside. Hers has an elastic topped lid pocket, so I’ll be including one of these in my version too πŸ™‚

I’ll be using a card backing with a layer of padding to give the lid silk and pocket a little structure and softness. It’s backed with muslin for durability. Below, I’m testing the look of the pocket on the card backing. Looks about right πŸ™‚

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Then I sewed the pocket to the silk backing and then the whole thing to the muslin backing. I left as small an opening for the card as I possibly could. I didn’t want to sew too much of this by hand. Machine stitching is much more robust! Then I needed to insert the card into this before attaching permanently into the case lid. To get it into the opening I gently rolled it and unrolled it when it was all the way inside.

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Here goes …..

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Success! Yay!

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The bottom edge just needs to be stitched πŸ™‚

Test fit!

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On to the case bottom lining. Firstly I’ve added some padding into the bottom of the case to provide a soft place for whatever precious bits will be packed in here πŸ™‚

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You can see the loop strap tie ins in the above shot. I will be replacing these with fresh black grosgrain ribbon ties.

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Again, I wanted some structure here. I don’t want the sides of the silk lining to sag, so I’ve sewed the gathered silk sides to a heavy duty stiff Β interfacing and to the silk bottom piece.

And … tra-la!

(This stuff always looks so easy on the blog, lol! I assure you, dear reader that much time was devoted to gathering, evenly distributing the gathers and then sewing to the interfacing – but I digress!)

Tra-la!

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Some super fantastic waterproof awesome adhesive around the edge, gently clamped with the most awesome clamps ever – clothes pins! (These things are indispensable in my studio!)

The ribbons are half in. The other side of each still need to be sewn in.

The other thing I did was to clean and repaint the case keys and put them on a little skull key holder πŸ™‚

Here the keys are before I cleaned and painted them. The skull is getting some red rhinestone eyes inserted too.

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Eye glue is dried and the keys are cleaned and painted.

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Next time, I think the case will be finished! I have a little more hand painting touch up and then I’ll be sealing the whole thing with varnish and it will be ready for travel πŸ™‚

Thanks for reading!

~awsumgal

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Desperately Seeking Susan Skull Case – Bigger!

Well, it was bound to happen at some point. I’m making a case like Susan’s only this time, it’s not for a doll, it’s for an actual human!

Now for those of you who know me, this is extremely unusual. I work small, smaller than Barbie small. I like to work tiny and get caught up in ridiculously small details. Not this this time. This time it’s big! About 15 inches wide big πŸ™‚

I’ve bought a vintage lockable round case in black (of course) and will be refurbishing it, cleaning up the hardware and the handle and refitting the interior in pink silk and of course painting the skull heads front and back and the dancing skellies around the sides.

Here is the case before.

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It’s in pretty great shape as it is. It has no markings, so I don’t know how old it is or who made it. It shipped from France but I don’t know if that’s where it originally came from. The hardware and the leather layered handle make me think 50’s maybe 60’s but I’m not really sure.

The handle will need some love πŸ™‚

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The first thing I did was give it a cleaning. I just wiped gently with a damp cloth initially to get any dust and light dirt off. (Honestly, It didn’t even look like it needed even that!) I did notice some blacking on my cloth which made me wonder if someone had touched up the colour at some point, but it made no difference to the colour of the case, so I’m not concerned about that πŸ™‚

The stitched edging had lost some of it’s blacking as well, it’s even more pronounced in the pic than in real life, so I’ve redone that and it looks much more presentable!

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I tested the locks and springs and they are in great working condition but they have lost their chroming and shine, not surprisingly. I thought I might be able to shine them up by just cleaning off the metal of rust and dirt, but the shiny silver was of course a coating long since gone by the wayside in whatever travels this case has enjoyed in the past. A dull grey is all I’m going to get going that route. I considered replacing all of the hardware, but it was a fruitless search. Different styles, slightly different sizes, and different finishes πŸ™

The hardware, feet and locks and so on, are all riveted through the case. This means that the replacements need to be the very same size as the originals. No small feat I can tell you! Different hardware would necessitate more rivet holes through the case and since the original holes can’t be plugged or filled, the new hardware would run the risk of migrating into the old holes and wide up being loose and wiggly. Not what I envision at all.

Chrome type paint to the rescue!

I’ve been working on the stencils. It’s hard on the hands because I am cutting through a bunch of layers, but the front (and back) stencil is all cut.

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The side stencil is not cut at all, but here it is helping me visualize placement, size and the like πŸ™‚

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Off to clan up that hardware now!

Have a great day and thanks for reading πŸ™‚

~awsumgal

 

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Tiny Porcelain Babies get fixed up :)

Some time ago, I found these adorable tiny porcelain baby dolls and some vintage looking clothes at my local thrift store.

Even though I don’t usually go in much for most porcelain dolls (there is a fairly big population of mediocre quality examples) these little babies were just too sweet to leave behind. They were comfortably housed in a woven wicker type stroller. and were wearing very well made matching crocheted outfits. I could tell they needed restringing, but I was up to the challenge, some home they came with me!

Well, I finally got around to giving them the time of day! First I examined what had been done originally and I was a little dismayed to find that whomever has strung them before me was playing fast and loose with the glue they used. Oh well, no matter. It was a small thing to gently pick it off with a dull knife.

 

When I had liberated these little cuties from their crocheted outfits I found that one of them had a tragically broken leg! Again, I’m not worried! I have a plan to fix that!

These babies have no markings, so I don’t know who made them, or anything about them really, except that they’re cute. Oh and this funny little babe was in there too πŸ™‚ He has rather unfortunate features. I may repaint him!

I assembled my bits for the job of restringing. I’ll use cotton embroidery floss in white, pink seed bead stops and Jewel It glue. This glue retains some flexibility when dry and I have had good adherence experience with it.

The broken leg will have to be repaired before stringing of course, but I’ll test my intended method on the babe that isn’t broken. I’ll be placing cotton felt discs in between the joints so they don’t wear on each other.

Seems to work. The joints hold pose. When the glue is dry I’ll cut The threads closer to the tie.

To fix the broken leg, I’ll insert a LA doll clay leg top. I’ll poke a hole through for stringing while it’s still wet. I don’t want to disturb it too much when it’s dry because I don’t know how well the clay will hold onto the porcelain. As a result I don’t really want to take a drill to it!

While the clay was drying I soaked the little christening dresses and the little day dress in some Oxy Clean to see if I could bring them back to life…

These items were all white (or were supposed to be – they were actually pretty yellow!) so I wasn’t worried that the Oxy would hurt them. Some items can’t even withstand getting wet, so proceed with extreme caution when handling vintage and antique items. I tend to baby sit whatever I’m trying to clean and check on it frequently to make sure the item isn’t being degraded.

Back to the babies! I spent some time degluing them and cleaning up a few scuffs and they look sweet!

They’re so cute! After their clothes were cleaned (and rinsed well) and dried, I dressed them and put them back into their giant wicker pram. They look comfy cosy in there πŸ™‚

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for joining me!

xo

~awsumgal

 

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