Thursday, January 26, 2017

Composition and Leather Doll

     Here I go, again!  Restoring a sweet old doll.  This one was rather unusual.  Her head and 3/4 arms are made from composition material.  A rather dark and dense type.  Because of the composition color and make, I think she dates from the early 1900's.    She also has a leather body, that is jointed.

    The leather is in very good condition, considering how old she is. I have done some research, and found out that the leather bodies were imports from Germany.  The doll manufactures, here in the states, would add their own head and arms.  The feet are always tiny, and out of proportion to the body, it seems.


      The upper photo of the doll  shows her with the outer surface removed from her head and arms.  She has a well formed hair line, and doesn't need a wig.   She is 16" tall.
      The surface on her face was rather rough, and I needed to do some repair work.  I always use a paper clay product.  It dries light weight, and is easy to sand.

    This is the primer coat of acrylic paint, over the repaired areas.  I also primed her arms, and now she's ready to be transformed into a real beauty!

    She is a beautiful dark skinned young lady.  The dress is a vintage doll dress, restored and altered to fit her.  The black leggings are made from a sock, I raided from my drawer.  The jacket is a crocheted piece, I made specifically for her.   I decided to call her, "Floretta".  
    It was a delightful process, and I am pleased with the end result!  Now, onto the next restoration job! : )

                                    I hope you have a delightful day!    Smile On!    Audrey

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