The Doll Fixer
Composition Baby Dimples
This is a composition Baby Dimples I worked on. The head had a lot of damage as can be seen in the animation to the right. The hands and feet also had significant breaks and holes. There was some minor paint loss and crazing to the finish of the hands and feet. The Body was soiled and had some holes and separations where it was joined to the composition parts.
One of these separations can be seen around the neck in the animation to the right. The missing fingers and toes can be seen to the right.
I filled the loss on the head and recreated the texture of the molded hair. (see animation above) I filled and rebuilt the missing fingers and toes and did a general cleaning and touchup of the overall finish of the body. The cloth body also had some minor damage mainly around the joints to the body parts and head. I repaired these and reinforce the joints to prevent future problems. The owner was thrilled and amazed by the transformation.
Such a major restoration is normally not justified if you want to sell a doll like this. As can be seen the repair is important if the doll has sentimental value or you want to keep is as part of a collection.
Note: Click the pictures to see an enlarged view of the repair