Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cleaning vintage doll shoes

Sunday and Monday were doll project days at my house. I have a whole list of things that I fixed and that I will blog about in the coming days, so be sure to check back!

One of the things I did yesterday was to clean a pair of vintage doll shoes, the vinyl or plastic Mary Jane types that fit Ginny-sized dolls. They were seriously the filthiest pair of doll shoes I have ever seen, but they were one of my Ginger doll's originals, so I wanted to try to salvage them.

They had a lot of play soil on them, as well as some kind of glue or varnish that had made shiny discolored spots:

A pair of white vinyl Mary Janes before I cleaned them

I started out using a little of my favorite doll cleaner, but even that stuff — as good as it is — wouldn't cut through the glue or varnish that was on the shoes.

I happened to be soaking some doll clothes at the time, so I decided "Why not?" and threw the doll shoes in with a dress. They soaked overnight in Biz (I'll blog about my clothes washing method another time). When I rinsed them off the next day, I scratched the spots a little with a fingernail and found that I was to peel up the varnish or glue.

The shoes were still a little discolored, especially under where the varnish had been, so I used the doll cleaner on them again. I was surprised and delighted at how white they turned out!

A pair of white vinyl Mary Janes after I cleaned them

It's definitely worth a little time and effort to clean vintage doll shoes!

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Stay tuned for new posts and pictures

I must apologize for the lack of posts lately. My husband and I just returned late Saturday night from a trip to Europe. I was so busy in the weeks leading up to the trip, that I wasn't able to get any posts ready and scheduled for while we were gone. But I'm back now, and will be getting back into the swing of my "real" life this week — so stay tuned for some new doll pictures and posts!

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