Restoration of antique dolls
After disassembling the doll, I carry out a cleaning process adapted to old materials.
Then each element is restored to its original state. The most frequent interventions are: remaking one or more missing fingers, reforming a joint, fixing a flaking coating, filling gaps and repairing paint only on repaired parts.
If the doll has a mechanism: cleaning, consolidation and adjustment are, in most cases, sufficient to start operating again.
If the original attachment hooks are missing or too weakened I make these hooks in replica of the old one.
3. Reassembly of rubber bands
Before replacing the rubber bands, it is essential to consolidate the load-bearing parts that are generally weakened.
A reassembly (even an old one) done without respecting the original assembly diagram may have deformed the joints.
For restoration it is important to use only cotton elastics which, over the years, relax unlike nylon elastics, which last much less time but especially shrink over time and cause joints to sink.
Whatever the condition of your doll, do not hesitate to contact me so that I can estimate the required repairs
You can visit me at the workshop. For the phone and address, please see the Contact page.
Alternatively, you can contact me by e-mail with photos specifying the size of the doll and possibly the inscriptions on the neck.
I will indicate the possibilities of restoration with an evaluation of the cost of the work.
I will also make the necessary recommendations in case you decide to send me your doll by parcel post.
Rue de la Scierie
39160 VAL ÉPY
03 84 47 26 93
06 08 78 20 77