Yay! My latest Taobao order was succesfully delivered, Taobaoring really offers nice service ^^. As always I’m super excited and instantly want to put the pretty clothes on my Dolls, but wait that can be dangerous! Maybe you already heard about stains or discoloration on a dolls skin.
In this post I will show you how I hopefully 😉 prevent the danger of staining clothes.
My pretty assistant Chiyoda helped with the process, I will introduce her more in a next post.
As I just was just getting into the fashion doll hobby, I already heard many scary stories about staining clothes. The general advice from the manufacturers to prevent stains, is not to use clothes for a longer period of time, in reality this is a half hearted and risky way to deal with the problem. Actually, some clothes can stain the dolls outer shell instantly.
It has to do with the easily staining vinyl shell of the doll, but often the danger is mainly the excess color that is inside the cloth after the dying process in the factory. Except the clothes you want to use are white, I would always suggest to wash the clothes before using them.
I simply handwash the clothes in warm water with a few drops of washing-up liquid, for around ten minutes I let everything sink in the water. Sometimes no color will come out, sometimes it’s shocking how much color has dyed the previously clean water. In this case the sweater really was dangerously full of red color. Fortunately the pantyhose set was completely save, the water stayed clean.
I would suggest to repeat this step with new water until no color bleeds out anymore.
Until everything dried, the doll should wear something else
You can’t really tell in advance if clothes will stain or not, sometimes dark colored clothes might turn out to be ok. You should really be suspicious of black, red, purple, etc though.
Of course this is no failsafe solution, clothes might still stain after a longer period, still washing the doll clothes before usage is a good advice as measure to deal with excess color.
Do you have any experience with staining fashion doll clothes?
Maybe your dolls skin turned accidently black after wearing stockings?