So the first day I went by myself, where we chipped and dremeled and painted and sanded. Seriously good information from a lady who has spent thirty-plus years in this business. Her encyclopedic knowledge of twentieth century dolls is amazing. (Look up Attic Antiquities for info on her classes!)
Here is her workshop and doll store. I confess to a little Woman Cave envy. Aside from great work lighting, lots of space, and all the materials you could ever want, there's a work sink and a little half bath. How cool is that?
|Shop Kitty "Nosey"|
|The Doll Store. I have to wear a bib here, because I drool.|
We buckled down and got to work. I'm a fan of PPE (personal protective equipment) because I've not got enough brain cells to waste any, and some of that stuff is STINKY. And the the dust goes everywhere when you sand bondo. Yes, bondo...like what goes on cars. Interesting process, this doll restoration biz.
My projects for the first day: an old Boudoir doll, a no-name fellow that will require an entirely new body, and below that, a little Effanbee Bubbles who has paint chipping and needs a new crier (laugher?).
The second day was more of a group effort with some of my favorite people. Laura and Joann drove a long way to join us with their own restoration projects. With a good lunch stop at the local Grain Bin, we worked and learned and shared and laughed--a wonderful day spent with people who share a passion for dolls, old and new.
|Laura, Dorothy, and Joann|
On this second day, I worked on restringing a modern resin BJD--because I wanted to learn restringing--and learning to air brush. I am so going to use this air brush in making dolls!
Laura had a little Betsy Wetsy type who needed new eyes, and a Patsy Ann type that needs work on her badly chipping paint on the back of her head. (I am ignorant of 20th Century Dolls, as well as the finer bisque antiques, so ladies, please forgive me if I named your dolls wrong!)
Joann had a lovely (and huge!) Kestner girl who needed restringing, and a tiny little porcelain who needs a wig and a dentist. I kept suggesting she leave the snaggle toothed look and give her an eye patch and a pirate costume, but apparently this will not happen. Maybe she'll get them for Christmas.
Dorothy (when we gave her a minute to work) had some tiny Ginny's to restring, and Nosey worked on exercising the hinges on the shop door. In and out, in and out. She's a good shop kitty, making sure everyone knows she's the one in charge, no matter what the Lady of the Shop might say.
The plan is for a "hair rerooting party" at my house coming up...BYORT (bring your own rerooting tool) where we can practice on my Monster High dolls. And my first official Art Doll class is coming up on the 19th and 20th of August. I love this job!
Hope your weekend is lovely...and includes time with people you enjoy.