October is…? month. It’s so many things! It was going to be Polish heritage month on the blog, but then I found out it’s also German, Romanian, Filipino, Italian (and probably some others as well) Heritage month, depending which list you’re consulting, and of course the first two weeks are the end of Hispanic Heritage month, which started Sept. 15th. In “topic” months, it’s Depression Awareness, Anti-Bullying, Breast Cancer Awareness, and Arts and Humanities month, along with probably a bunch of others I didn’t get emails about 🙂 I’ve mentioned the “Paradox of Choice” book before, and that too many options are not a good idea, because they can be overwhelming. I’ve also been so busy sewing for myself lately that doll stuff is on the back burner; a month with a topic would have been a great idea to pull me back onto that track and I even toyed with making up some kind of silly theme for the month like unicorn-riding. So…there might be a topic or not, and there might be posts or not, because another thing it is is parent-teacher conference month, which often means a lot of IEP-related paperwork for me.
Well, there is a post/project for today, and the title is because whenever we do modifications on a doll, DH calls it “plastic surgery.” 🙂
I have a fun and fairly easy one for you this week that could potentially make a big difference in your doll’s photogenic-ness. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago with Mienna, I really like her wired insides, and it turns out, the more I interact with her, the more I like the ability to separate the legs for better standing. You can see in the promo pics of OGs (link) that they often cross the dolls’ legs, which of course means they were originally on a stand that had to get photoshopped out, which is a time-consuming process and reduces the spontaneity of being able to share pix.
The second thing I love about the wires is the ability to just put a little more “life” into the arms. The OGs and Maplelea share an arms-at-the-sides pose that looks a little stiff and unnatural (more so on the Mapleleas in my opinion) compared to the AGs or Journey Girls. So even though I haven’t been bending Mienna’s limbs at 90-degree angles, with the wires it’s possible to bend the arms into a nicer curve at rest that doesn’t feel so stiff. As you can imagine, seeing the prospect of better posing with one OG made me take a good look at the rest of them, because many of the newer ones (Melina, Leticia, Rafael, etc.) have face molds I find very attractive, but don’t show up on the blog because of posing limitations. So, this past weekend when we were at Target and they were on sale, we snapped up a posable one with the standard face mold and decided to see if some “plastic surgery” was possible that could improve posing on a head I liked better. Spoiler alert – it was easy! So my now-custom Rafael can stand and pose far better than before, and the standard head got swapped onto old his body, so there wasn’t any waste of parts in the process.
Do you NEED to do this? For an OG play doll, no, and in fact, you’ll violate the safety testing if you modify the dolls at all, since safety testing got done with the dolls as they came from the factory, so there’s a possibility your modifications could result in a doll who is not child-safe. If you’re an adult wanting better posing ability though, click here for the tutorial.