The 8" Betsy is well known for several frailties:
a tendency to split at the crotch seam, and weak knee joints that become
loose or develop cracks.
I have been told the seams can be repaired
by clamping gently after applying a good quality Epoxy glue (the kind that
comes in 2 parts to mix).
Loose or overtight arms can easily be restrung
with lightweight doll stringing elastic, available from doll supply catalogs
or craft catalogs. Betsy is so small that I also use round sewing elastic
called 'beading' elastic. "GrammyGirl" has a
site with good general doll restringing instructions.
The head may be strung with a rubber band
that passes over a bar inside the head that has no open end to hook the
new rubber band over. I have coaxed doubled beading elastic under the bar,
pulled it back out with tweezers, and knotted it to replace a broken band.
If the elastic won't go underneath the bar, a small glass bead on a thread
can be dropped under and back out and the thread then can be tied
to the elastic to pull it through.
Hard plastic dolls are a heat-sensitive plastic
and warming a split seam with a blow dryer can help it flex enough
to meet again for gluing. An empty glue gun nozzle can be used to
melt a seam together but I have never been able to get the join smooth
enough to look acceptable.
Stains will (very very slowly) come out of
hard plastic with repeated applications of Benzoyl Peroxide (found in acne
creams such as Persa-Gel). I also recently re-ordered more Remove-Zit from
Twin Pines of Maine, which does a fantastic job of removing stains from
vinyl, and it says it will work on hard plastics as well. I am using it
on a stained Betsy with no problems and good progress.
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I have invented a way
to 're-blush' faded Betsy cheeks.
Keep all dolls and clothing out of direct
sun or bright flourescent light and at a constant temperature and humidity
if possible. Pink cheeks and good face and body color add greatly to a