Before you get started let’s cover issues that need taken care of before flocking. First make sure your doll is clean. I use KatSilk KatScrub Cleaner for Vinyl Dolls for regular dirt or Katscrub Doll Cleaner. If your doll has ink spots or discoloration, I recommend using Remove-Zit from Twin Pines. You want to start out with a clean doll with other restorations already done. You can reflock any doll head. 1. To reflock, gather together your reflocking , a paper plate, some toothpicks, a kitchen strainer (the kind with screening in it), a clean blusher brush (the kind you use to put blush on your face), some clean white paper, and some water. Work in a well-lit area and take your time.
Take time to study your doll head. Ask yourself, do I want to reflock all the head or just spots? Look at the form of the hairline or get some good pictures to follow out of your books or magazines, if you can no longer see the hairline.
Unless there is a real reason, I reflock over the original flocking. You can mix black with the brown or charcoal if your doll looks darker or glitter. Now we are ready to start. Put a small amount of glue on your paper plate and use your small brush to add a little water to it. You are looking for a thin consistency that will brush on but will not run.
We are doing the front of the doll first. Start with the small brush and, forming a hairline as you paint. Outline the front of doll’s hairline up over the ears. If you get some glue on an area that you do not want it,take the toothpick and carefully scrape away the unwanted glue. Fill in the rest of the front side of his head with the larger brush. You are going to need to add glue and water to your paint mixture (the watered down glue) until you have the front side finished. With your flocking pour it into the strainer. Put Ken over the white paper and shake the strainer over the glued surface. If I missed any areas, or I see it could use a little more I pick up some flocking with my blusher brush and softly add the flocking to the area.
After I am satisfied with the look, I use the blushing brush (not wet) to embed the flocking in the glue or pat with your finger. If any glue gets on the blushing brush take time to remove it with a dry towel. Now if you see the hairline does not look straight use your toothpick to scrape away any unwanted flocking. Caution takes your time and don’t be in a hurry.. Now brush the excess off any area that looks too thick. Also brush off any flocking that has gotten on to the unglued area. . Turn the doll over and repeat this process on the back of Ken’s head.
I like to let the doll dry with your doll in a sitting up position so none of the flocking is touching any surface as it dries.. If you don’t like the way it looks you can always wash off the flocking and glue with warm and start over.
Kathy at RestoreDoll.com
Here are some other flocking pictures
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