Collecting and Fixing Dolls

 

According to many antiques dealers and restoration experts, doll collection is one of the most popular hobbies in the United States. Most doll collectors appreciate not only certain childhood pabrik boneka memories that take us into the days of innocence, but also the skill and art of designing dolls.

The design and manufacture of dolls dates back to Ancient Egypt, where the doll was made of stone. The Romans continued to improve the design of dolls by using ivory for limbs and heads and fabrics for the body. As technology and science advances, doll making material becomes more varied. For centuries dolls have been made from bisque, china, cloth, plastic, resin, leather, even glass.

In the 17th century European candles were the most popular material for making toys and dolls. By the end of the century, the pulp is the material of choice for the doll producers, but they will continue to cover the body and limb with a waxy coat, to prevent puppets from breaking easily. A restorer who works on paper dolls and wax dolls should know how to handle the two materials and how to mix them together. Most puppet repair experts at that time prefer to design and sculpt individual limbs and paste them onto dolls, rather than restore what has been damaged because they do not have enough adhesive to store many fragments.

In the mid-19th century doll producers and designers began to use porcelain and clay to make the dolls sturdier and smoother. A variety of luster and tone can be applied to porcelain, which makes the doll more attractive. Dolls are no longer used only as toys for children. Adults became industrious collectors and by the 20th century, doll and manufacturing collections became big and profitable businesses.

Picking up dolls can be very exciting, but addictive. There are many options and the price can reach thousands of dollars. There are dolls made by individual artists, limited edition dolls, Chinese dolls and ceramics, and many other types of dolls. There are also many doll clinics and puppet workshops that specialize in the improvement of invisible dolls and museum quality. Do not throw or throw away dolls that may look like child toys or dolls that have been sent to you by your parents or grandparents. It may be worth a considerable amount of money. If the doll is damaged, do not attempt to repair or restore it yourself. Unless you know what you are doing you will ruin it even more, creating more work for professional restorer

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