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    How to reattach a head on a RED?

    My REDs returned from their faceups with heads detached and I do not know how to put them together again!
    I have never strung a doll and have no idea what to do. Please help!
    Once they are reassembled I will do a photo session

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    That's exciting MigMig, I look forward to your photos! When I took my doll to Karina in Russia, I nearly had a fit watching her remove the head...and then she put it back on and made me do it! These dolls are strung very tightly, so you need to exert quite a bit of strength. Take the head plate off and place the head over the neck, grab the elastic cord attached to the silver ring and pull it as hard as you can until it's high enough to turn and position back into the opposing cross groove. Hope this makes sense, someone else may be able to explain it better than I.

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    I've removed MANY MANY resin and porcelain heads- but these ones are on SO TIGHT! I was afraid of breaking her somehow, or stretching out the elastic, so when my doll went out for her faceup, I sent off the entire doll...

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    The thing is, I wouldn't mind exerting all my mighty powers on a blank RED, but I would be nervous about handling a painted head the same way! :s
    Maybe wear some cloth gloves to protect the faceup?
    And I sometimes find it easier to pull the elastic with needle-nose pliers, rather than with my hands.

    Good luck MigMig! - can't wait to see your photos!

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    Galacticat, I sent entire dolls and received them disassembled
    Aneemal, the faceup artist advised to buy surgical scissors to grab the elastic.

    I'm too scared to touch the dolls and want to know everything possible before trying to put them back together. I wouldn't do this now anyway as I'm in Europe, but on my return to Australia will try, once I'm over the jet lag.

    Cannot even take photos because I only have a smartphone camera and I do not think it is enough for the fine details, these tiny eyelashes and freckles...

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by MigMig View Post
    Galacticat, I sent entire dolls and received them disassembled
    Aneemal, the faceup artist advised to buy surgical scissors to grab the elastic.

    I'm too scared to touch the dolls and want to know everything possible before trying to put them back together. I wouldn't do this now anyway as I'm in Europe, but on my return to Australia will try, once I'm over the jet lag.

    Cannot even take photos because I only have a smartphone camera and I do not think it is enough for the fine details, these tiny eyelashes and freckles...

    Cheers
    That really is too bad- I would have been quite annoyed if that had happened to me (not to mention worried). I wonder why on earth the artist did that? Maybe because it was too hard ... I know that my faceup artist couldn't get the head off so she painted it with the head on...

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    It is late October and I still didn't restring my resin EDs, because I'm afraid I will rub the face-up off or break the doll. They spent over two months in a box
    Maybe I will do this on Monday, when the family is away and I can just spread everything on a table, take a tranquiliser and attempt to put them together. I'm owing you pictures!
    MigMig

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    MigMig- I feel your anxiety- I would be the same way. Can't you just send your dolls back to the artist so she can re-attach the head? Or to another artist? (I know there is then the anxiety of sending a valuable doll in the mail)

    Or is there any BJD convention/meet in your area you can bring them too- maybe some Popovy owner has experience with this who can help you? (since Popovy's factory is also Star Doll I think they are equally difficult to remove)

    If all else fails maybe you could post on the Popovy forum to see if there is anyone with any ideas who could help you (preferably someone in Sydney who can just do it for you)

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    Hi MigMig! I think you should just go for it It's a lot easier to reattach a BJD head than remove it. I take my Popovy Doll's heads off all the time to paint them, but I took my RED Kitty's head off for the first time ever, on video to give you courage. Pad the counter with a towel. Wash and dry your hands. You need a pair of pliers. My video is here; https://youtu.be/O8b8aClPWRI

    Otherwise, Galacticat's ideas are pretty good!! Good luck!! And I'd love to see your dolls face . . . there can never be enough ED pictures

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