Traci is at least her third owner. Owner number two did quite a bit of cleaning and repair on this poor girl but they decided (very understandably) it was still too much work and so here we are!
First things first! Her wig is just shredded despite the good de-tangling it got before it came to my friend.
But a shredded wig is the least of Lady I's problems! One of her eyes sticks:
She's also covered in marks, scratches, shiny spots and dirt. Her face got it pretty bad:
Her legs are probably worse than her arms:
Not even her feet escaped:
Until I got a look at her back:
Let's make a list because at this point even I'm a little overwhelmed by the number of issues!
Lady I needs:
- A New Wig
- Vinyl Washing
- Body Washing
- Scratch and Mark Removal
- Ink Spot Removal
- Something To Do With Her Eyes?
Then I took her apart and threw her body in the washing machine! While it was getting clean I mixed up a baking soda paste and tackled her limbs and head:
|Before and After Cleaning with Baking Soda|
For her scratches and shiny spots I knew I was going to need to pull out some big guns. So I ordered mirco mesh. This is my first time using it and I had no idea what I would need so I ordered 4,000, 8,000, and 12,000 grit. I've used fine grit sandpaper before but nothing this fine! The 12,000 grit feels totally smooth to the touch. Pretty neat!
Now if I tried to show you the process of removing all these marks I think this post would be long even for me. And I know I'm long-winded! So I picked the two that I got the best starting pictures of. The first one was on her cheek:
Here is the scratch after a little work:
|whoops! little bit of wig there!|
Here is another nasty one on her leg:
With her limbs cleaned up and her body dry it was time to restring her! Lady I isn't mine so you don't get to see the guts but you can see how clean her body got:
And that is where we are going to end this project for now! In fact Lady I is in a box and will be on her way home Monday morning. But wait! We only got 1-5 done! What about 6 and 7? Well I decided that since I've had her for a while (I had to wait for tools!) and the ink spots are small we'll wait till she comes back to take care of that. And why is she coming back?! Why, for an eye swap of course!
Lady I is getting a brand new pair of eyes later this summer/maybe in the fall, but her person hasn't decided what she wants yet! For now she's heading home to rest and relax and enjoy her fab new hair. So we're leaving the sticky eye! But don't worry she still looks amazing:
I hope you enjoyed this project so far! It's a little different from what we normally do but I'm really excited that she's coming back for more work. Next time we're going to do our last special edition clothing review and then I have something fun and exciting to share! Till then!