The basics of doll repair include gathering the proper supplies for the restoration, replacing all worn and broken parts, and using the proper procedures when restoring the doll to ensure the restoration work is undetectable. Having a great deal of patience is also necessary when repairing or restoring dolls.
Common supplies needed during a doll repair or restoration process include molding compounds, adhesives and doll parts. Molding compounds, such as clay, help to fill in cracks or replace body parts, such as noses or fingers. Restorers use strong adhesives, such as super glue, to attach loose items like wigs. Doll parts, such as eyeballs and eyelashes, are available for purchase from doll supply stores. Other common doll repair supplies include paint, small paintbrushes, acrylic and doll stuffing.