Only her cosmetologist
knows for sure...
HOW I REPLACE THE EYELASHES, by PrillyCharmin
My dolls have usually had at least one and maybe two very good baths
before I start working on the lashes, and I apply Vinylex to restore the
vinyl finish -- so I do that as well before I apply lashes because the sealer
might affect the new lashes too. I style the hair and I make the clothes
and then, the lashes are the last thing I do. The reason why is because
they are so important to the appearance of the doll and I don't want the
lashes messed up at all once I've installed them.
REMOVE THE OLD LASHES
It is very easy to replace Baby Face lashes... easier than re-stringing!
Remove the original lashes with tweezers, and then use a small flat blade
screwdriver to push the loose ends inside under the vinyl where they
cant be seen. I bought a very small 1/8 inch screwdriver for this purpose,
which is smaller than the one that comes in standard sets of
screwdrivers. I got it at Home Depot, but I had to look for it.
TRIM THE NEW LASH TO FIT
Hold the replacement lash up to the eye and trim off the excess length.
Using my specially selected replacement lashes from my doll shop, I
prefer to cut off the end that has longer lashes and leave the shorter side
to apply to the inside of the dolls eyelid. This makes a nice, natural
graduated curve in the lashes.
SELECT THE PROPER GLUE
Then, use rubber cement or a craft glue such as the Alene brand to apply
a thin bead of glue along the edge of the eyelash. Do NOT use superglue
or model glue on Baby Face dolls because these glues will damage the
dolls acrylic eye.
My current favorite is the Aleene's craft glue. It is the kind of glue that
dries clear and can be used on t-shirt projects etc so it is waterproof and
washable once it dries, and it does not damage the acrylic eye. And, it
can be removed if necessary. It is an all purpose glue for any surface so it
sticks to anything very well.
One of the reborn artists told me that she prefers good old Elmer's All
Purpose glue. This is not "School Glue", it is stronger than that. She
says Elmer's All Purpose performs better than Aleene's for glueing
APPLY THE GLUE
I use a very small paintbrush to apply the glue to the lash edge. I have
some good brushes in the smallest sizes. They are a lot smaller than a
nail polish brush. I use them for many things when working on my dolls.
Then I push the eyelash into place. I use an exacto style hobby knife to do
the final positioning and push the lash into the crevice where eyeball
meets eyelid. Fingers are too clumsy... I think the hobby knife makes it
very easy to position the lash exactly where I want it. Dental tools are
very nice for working in small places, also.
CLEAN UP EXCESS GLUE
I use damp Q-tips to clean the eye while I'm working on the lashes. Just
dip the q-tip in water and squeeze it out. Then it's good for cleanup.
Clean up the eye while the glue is still fresh but don't get any water near
the lash. Just clean up the middle of the eye as needed.
TRIM THE LASHES IF NECESSARY
Then I let the doll sit for a few hours until totally dry and then I trim the
lashes a bit because they tend to be a tad too long. I also use a damp q-tip
to clean any glue residue off the colored lens of the eyes so they will be
DO THE NEW LASHES HOLD UP?
In working with the human hair lashes, it's obvious that they are more
durable and hold their shape better than the synthetic lashes that the
Baby Face dolls came with. The original Baby Face lashes get ruined
fairly easily. Just touching them or rubbing at them will make them
become twisted forever. It's nice to know we have options for
Beauty supply lashes do hold up very well. However, if the doll gets
soaked they may go limp and lifeless. You will probably need to give the
doll new lashes again if she gets soaking wet.