for Cloudy Eyes
MACHINE OIL METHOD. Someone at a doll show told me how to cure
cloudy sleep eyes. Use machine oil such as Sewing Machine Oil (available at
Walmart.) Put a couple of drops in the doll's eye(s) and let the oil run back into
the eyeball. Then turn the doll face forward onto a towel or paper napkin and
leave her like that for a few hours or overnight or a few days. The eyes will be
sparkling. Then give her a good face wash in order to clean up the extra oil.
Too much oil can damage the eyes by melting the white paint or causing rusty
overflow to stain the eye, so be careful about overdoing it.
HEAT METHOD. Someone also told me that it's possible to clear up cloudy
eyes by using a hair dryer on them. Turn the hair dryer on hot and aim it at the
eye. You do need to be careful that you don't melt the lashes. Some dolls have
synthetic lashes and this method would cause the lashes to shrivel up and melt.
But if the doll eyes have natural boar-bristle lashes then the heat method would
be worth a try. This doll collector said it worked for her. Since cloudy eyes are
usually caused by a mold or fungus that grows in the eye, heat can kill the mold
and clear up the eyes.
IT'S WORTH A TRY. Sometimes these methods work very well and other
times they don't. The only way to find out is to try. If oil or heat doesn't clear
up the cloudiness, then you might want to consider replacing the eyes if that is
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