If your Blythe doll has a neck problem that prevents her from looking forward or staying in the desired position, you can attempt to fix it with some adjustments. Here are steps to address this issue:
Materials you'll need:
- Blythe doll with a neck problem
- Boiling water
- Heat-resistant gloves
- Soft cloth or towel
- Flathead screwdriver (optional)
- Pliers (optional)
- Epoxy putty (if necessary)
Prepare a Safe Workspace: Choose a clean and clutter-free area to work on your Blythe doll. Lay a soft cloth or towel on the surface to protect the doll from scratches.
Remove the Head: Carefully remove the doll's head from the neck joint. To do this, gently twist and pull the head while holding the body firmly. Be patient and gentle to avoid any damage.
Boil Water: Boil a small pot of water. Ensure that there is enough water to submerge the doll's neck joint.
Straighten the Neck: While wearing heat-resistant gloves, carefully straighten the neck into the desired position. You may need to use a slight twisting motion or gentle pressure. Be patient and avoid forcing the neck, as it can break.
Cool Down: Once you have achieved the desired neck position, remove the doll's neck from the hot water and allow it to cool down naturally. Do not use cold water or force the neck joint into position while it's still hot, as this can cause damage.
Reattach the Head: After the neck has completely cooled and retained its new shape, reattach the doll's head to the neck joint. Be careful not to overtighten or twist excessively.
Check Alignment: Gently move the head to ensure that it can now look forward and maintain the desired position. If the neck is still too loose or misaligned, you may need to repeat the process or make further adjustments.
Optional Reinforcement (if necessary): If the neck joint remains problematic and won't hold its position, you can consider using epoxy putty to reinforce the joint. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for using epoxy putty to strengthen the connection.
Final Adjustments: Make any final adjustments to the neck joint to ensure it looks forward and maintains the desired position.
Remember to be extremely gentle throughout this process to avoid causing any damage to your Blythe doll. If you're uncomfortable with these steps or if the problem persists, it's advisable to seek assistance from a professional doll restorer or collector with experience in working with Blythe dolls.