Sunday, October 25, 2009

"Size Matters!" You Don't Belive It? I Have the Proof!

There are new doll collectors joining the community every now and then. After a while, most of the new collectors would not be satisfied by the defaulted factory arrangement anymore, such as face paint, hair style, default dresses, body etc. Therefore, they would look for ways to create an ideal doll of themselves. Before they could go repaint, re-root or even create their own doll. They would simple going for some parts transplantation amongst what they have on hand. Naturally, one of the most frequently asked questions would be "How to switch head between dolls?" I had that questions a few years back. Helpful experienced collectors told me to use either hair dryer or electricity heating pad to soften the vinyl. Since we do not have the later one available here, so I could only use hair dryer to do so. I have ruined a few Fashion Royalty and Tonner's bodies during the "surgeries". It was either caused by not heating the head long enough, even thought my fingers are all burned and dried up, or by the brittleness of the neck - cracked or broken. Some of them have got upgraded bodies

However, the other problem that I had came across was not able to put some of the softened heads to the new body prepared, even they are from the same line of the same brand. I posed on doll boards and asked for help, mostly said they have never ever came across any problems of such. After numerous attempts, I have finally found out that the head holes are actually vary from doll to doll. Sometimes the holes are too small for the other body that I have to give the head hole a cut to let it in! After that one cut (not cutting any pieces away), the head slided in easily, not wobbly and stays fit! My fingers got burned before I could successfully "transplanted"
their heads

Don't believe what I said? Here is a picture proof of some Tonner heads comparison! Next time if you do the head transplant and came across similar situation to mine, check the size of the head holes and have a cutter ready! Good luck!
Now Seeing is Believing!

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Cliff - Hong Kong said...

--> Adivce from Marianne-MTS Designs
If you have a small barrel curling iron, heat it, put it in the head hole right before putting it on the new body. It should soften the hole opening enough for the neck knob on the new body to fit. You only need to do this if the hole on the new head is smaller than the head that was originally on the new body.

Cliff - Hong Kong said...

T--> Advice from Tex Bex

Buy a 1/4 curling iron at Walgreens. Heat it up to high and stick the head on for just about 10 secs. Head should be hot enough to fit on. If not, repeat 10 more secs.

Cliff - Hong Kong said...

--> Advice by SeloJ Spa

I always heat the head up till is hot and squishy and then I can transplant any of them.
No metter the size of the neck opening.
I always use the heating pad method

Anonymous said...

Great post. Your poor fingers! :-P
I am surprised that you cannot get a product like a heating pad. Would you be able to use one made for use in North America?
Some dolls' heads have been more difficult to switch than others. I never realized that it could be due to the size of the head hole.

Cliff - Hong Kong said...

Hi Terri,

No, I don't think we have the electricity heading pad available here. The only heating pad that I could find is the one for relaxing sore muscle. We heat it up either by boiled water or microwave. Since it is for skin contact, the tempture would not be high enough to soften the vinyle.


Silvia said...

beautiful collection compliments.
You should put the follow button, I would like follow your blog.

Cliff - Hong Kong said...

Thank you so much, Silvia

I don't know how to add a follow button...I have some followers in my blogs...I don't know how they did it!

I promise I would try to look for the "follow" button!

Thank you so much for your compliment!

billa's dolls and fashions said...

I love your blog! your dolls are amazing