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Before and After 2023



Ideal Dolls Miracle on 34th Street "Baby Beautiful is my absolute favorite doll.   My client requested a complete new outfit for her doll.  Baby B was sent home restored and redressed in a cotton organdy dress with organdy trim, organdy bonnet, organdy bloomers, a new voile slip and wool felt booties.  She is truly beautiful once again!


Tommy belongs to a friend of mine.  He was lost for a very long time.  She found him this fall and brought him to me for a full restoration.  Tommy was missing several fingers.  Here is an example of sculpting new fingers to restore hands.


Baby Beautiful


"Tommy" is wearing a snow suit my friends mother made him years ago.  It was badly stained.  I soaked it and was able to get the stains out.  I replaced the lining in his hood and added fur trim.  I had the gloves and booties in my clothing inventory and they are perfect for him.


Before and After

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Please enjoy some before and after photos of my work.

18" Effanbee Bubbles

The Most Beautiful Doll in "Dolldom"

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I Always Have a Bubbles on my Schedule

Last year I restored my first Bubbles.  I fell in love with this doll!  Please take a minute to read my Bubbles blog. The link is below!

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Cracks = Wood Compo Rot :-(

This poor little girl had severe cracks and wood rot.  I spent days sculpting her hair and eyes.

Bubbles Blog

Darling Baby Hands

The last Bubbles I restored didn't have any fingers...her "mama" bit them off.  This little girl had her fingers intact.

Bubbles Blog

Cloth Legs

Bubbles often has cloth legs and they are stuffed with cork.  It take HOURS to put them back together but the results are worth it.

Bubbles Blog

18" Shirley Temple

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Shirley Needed a Makeover

This doll had been repainted.  Her glue and paint composition cracks extended into wood composition.  She had complete wood compo loss above her left eye (a gaping hole) that had to be rebuilt.


Shirley Repaired and Redressed

My client chose the pattern and I chose the fabric and trim.  Shirley has been redressed in cotton voile undergarments, a cotton organdy dress, new old rayon socks and "oilcloth" shoes made here at Arlington Doll Rescue.


Shirley's Darling Face Before Her Makeover

Who wouldn't want to save her?  Despite the pale paint, cracked face and blown out glassene eyes there is a beautiful doll.


Bad Hair Day for Shirley

Shirley challenged my skill-set every step of the way!  Her head refuses to sit on her torso straight and oh that hair!  Her mohair wig had been trimmed by one of her "mamas" in the past and entire wefts came out when I started to comb it I adjusted my restoration plan and didn't comb her wig out to the "scalp".  Her beautiful mohair wig is curly and fun just like Shirley the real girls uncontrollable curls were!

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Repair attempt gone wrong

This darling doll had severe crazing and cracks in her paint/glue composition layer.  The cracks were allowing moisture to reach her wood composition layer resulting in severe composition rot.  The rotten wood was removed replaced and she was repainted.

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