Some tips for antique doll repair include using bisque for missing pieces, a humidifier to reshape a composition body and water-based acrylics to restore color. These tips are effective in the restoration of composition, leather and bisque dolls.
Missing doll parts are replaceable using Darwi air-dry modeling compound for composition and bisque dolls. Though hard to find, the modeling compound does not shrink, is easy to mold and offers a good base for painting over to match the rest of the doll.
Vintage dolls with misshapen composition bodies can regain their original forms with the help of a humidifier. The humidifier helps the misshapen doll piece absorb the right amount of moisture, but the process may take up to 14 days to complete. The time it takes to reshape ensures that the piece does not crack during repair and restoration.
Water-based acrylics are the best painting medium for dolls during restoration since they are not as harsh as oil-based paints and maintain the same color when dry as they were while mixing. A neutral barrier applied to the paint job helps offer a finish that lasts. Paint mixing and application are effective in mid-day light or under a color-balanced daylight bulb for the right color pigmentation.