My Raven Queen from Ever After High is kinda nasty. She’s introduced me to a new doll ailment: glue seepage.
I should probably avoid negative terms like “nasty”. Getting glue seepage isn’t a reflection on a doll’s character, it’s just something that can happen.
The first time I wrote about her I noted that her hair was oily and oddly sticky.
Well, I boil washed it. Greasy. I washed it with dish soap and hot water…and it was still greasy.
I felt like a fool googling “why does my doll has greasy hair?” because my dolls are not…I repeat NOT…alive. They don’t have skin and scalps and oils like we do.
Apparently there can be a build up of glue that starts to breakdown. Maybe something is off in the glue head ratio…I’m wondering if it’s a chemical thing that can happen like plastic melt…and that excess glue breakdown runoff ends up coming out of the scalp holes via the hair. My hot water and boiling water was just telling that breakdown “get excited and do more!”
If you get rid of all the glue inside the head…that’s what’s holding the hair in place…although I fear if other methods don’t work I will eventually have to remove her hair, remove all the glue somehow. Shame, I like her hair.
I removed her head from her neck peg. Indeed, the neck peg was coated in greasy sticky blobs. I tried to scrub the inside of the head with a paste of baking soda/tea tree oil/coconut oil (diy Goo Gone as goo gone isn’t sold here…I also wanted to use up my tea tree oil. Hedgehogs can’t handle tea tree oil so I can never use it for house stuff) to get larger clumps of glue out. Then I washed the inside a few times with a toothbrush and dish detergent.
I hung it to dry.
Now I’m soaking up excess oil by throwing the head in a baggie with some cornstarch and doing a shake/no bake and comb out process.
Doll heads in white baggies is my new kitchen decor. My friends love my random texts now…
But, as I’m combing it out…it still feels greasy.
I may have a solution. I’ve been thinking about what sort of figures these big moon-faced dolls would work for…
Edward. Goddamned. Gorey.
If I just cut the hair off and scrape out her head….His women are fond of short bobs (doll wig) and…turbans.