Antique Doll Repair Can Preserve Your Memories For Generations To Come
While not traditionally considered art, antique dolls offer a unique and special look back into the past. Dolls show us an ideal for that particular time and place. Through dolls, we see what was the ideal of style and appearance.
As time moves on, though, dolls, like people, will slowly begin to show their age. Dolls are, after all, toys that are meant to be played with by their original owners. Through moves and mishaps, it is to be expected that dolls would be packed away, forgotten after years of joy. Subtleties to their features will be lost with time. With the fading of paint and the dulling surface material, we move further away from the history represented in the toy. That’s when an experienced doll restoration and repair artist needs to come in.
Antique doll repair can be a complex process. A trained doll repair expert will examine the doll carefully, looking for problem areas. If the doll is made of porcelain or other sensitive ceramics, the expert may look for cracks and missing pieces. If the pieces are still available, the artist may be able to glue missing portions of the doll back in place while invisibly filling holes.
Next, the restoration expert will look at the doll’s color and texture. Using expertly trained artists, the color and paint that may have faded from the doll can be matched, bringing back an invigorated appearance. Along with the repainting and filling of the cracks, doll restoration includes matching the texture of the original doll’s surface. Soon, your doll will look and feel the same way it did when you grandmother (or great-grandmother) first held it in her hands as a small child.
Doll repair and restoration goes beyond simply restoring certain errors or damage. Doll restoration can include making sure that your antique doll is ready to weather whatever may come in the future. Conservation can make sure that your priceless antique doll will not further degrade over time. Antique doll repair experts can clean and repair your doll, finding subtle defects that can be healed before they become major problems.
Repair time for your antique doll will be dependent on a number of factors. The material your doll is made out of is one such factor, since different types of material tend to dry and solidly at different rates. Likewise, larger dolls may require more time in the repair shop. Finally, and most importantly, the type and severity of the damage will determine how long your repair may take.
When you finally make the decision to have your antique doll repaired or restored, please make sure you consult a professional doll restoration expert, such as the resident artists at Luel Restoration Studio.
Based upon your doll’s type, style, and state of disrepair, our respected expert will be able to offer you a fair and honest estimate of the cost and time required for your antique doll repair. When your doll is ready, we will also offer recommended tips for presenting and displaying your antique dolls that will not only preserve them for the future but accentuate the aspects that make the doll so valuable to you and your loved ones.
Below is doll whose eyes fell into her head. We reconstructed and restored the original eyes.
Contact Luel Restoration Studio for your antique doll repair and restoration needs. Because she is so special, we will care for your doll with great love while she is visiting with us.