During a recent visit to a local antique mart, a selection of Barbie Stardolls caught my eye. Since the store doesn’t offer returns, I decided to do a little homework before purchasing. Some research led me to conclude that Stardolls are basically 3-D paper dolls best suited for dressing and displaying, NOT for playing. So, I decided to hang on to my cash.
I’ve had a Liv Hayden doll lying around for months. During TRU’s summer clearance sale, I bought the Liv Hayden doll and house set for $7.50. I only wanted the house and the cute dress, so the doll was tossed in the donation box, especially after I discovered she literally had two left feet. I don’t remember when it dawned on me that Hayden’s fair complexion might be a perfect match for one of the dolls I’d admired at the store, but I decided to take her along on my next visit to the antique mart to check. Sure enough, she was a perfect match for the Scarlet Stardoll. This time I brought Scarlet home for $12.95.
After reading Roxanne’s post about doll head removal, I decided to practice on a few Barbies lying around waiting to be donated. Easy, peasy, lemon, squeezy. Full of confidence from my practice session, I proceeded to behead Hayden. That went off without a hitch, so on to Scarlet.
Wellll, that’s where things got tricky. I heated then tugged, then heated some more and tugged some more, and on and on and on, until finally the head was off. Look at this freaky neck nob that was in there! No wonder I had such a hard time. I was not expecting that!
Then I looked at her face and to my horror, I realized that with all that tugging somehow the rooted eyelashes had come out on one side. Oh no! The eyelashes were one of my favorite things about her. After swearing under my breath, I concluded that the only thing to do (for a novice like me anyways) was to remove the rooted lashes from the other side as well. To make matters worse, her fair skin was stained from the cloth I’d wrapped around her head to protect it from the heat. Double oh no! After placing her head on her new body (at least that part was easy), Scarlet (renamed Jolie) was immediately given an Oxy10 face mask and allowed to lie in the hot Georgia sun for a few hours. Here she is redressed in her original dress and shoes. Black rubber bands are preventing her fingerless gloves from slipping off.
Jolie is the new make-up artist at Raquelle’s salon. She reminds me of the flamboyant types who work the MAC cosmetics counter at one of our local Macy’s department stores. Obviously, that red dress isn’t appropriate attire for working in a salon, so I went searching for some of the edgier Sparkle girlz fashions today. I found a dress that suits her quite well.