Help! My doll has a tan!
September 10, 2006 4:34 PM Subscribe
I just bought an antique Japanese doll and she's in fair condition except for one thing--her silk "skin" is very discolored. How can I make her snow white again?
posted by bristolcat to sports, hobbies, & recreation (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have a few of these dolls and I find them fascinating. I know they probably aren't worth much in the grand scheme of things, but I like to have them around.
Most of the dolls I have are pristine white. This particular doll must have either been in a smoker's house or around heavily varnished furniture, as she has turned practically brown. Is there a way to return her to white? Everything is silk, including her skin. She's probably about 50 years old. As is, she is probably not very valuable so I'm willing to take a chance with her if it means I can restore her.
I know that I can't use bleach and I know that I probably shouldn't even get her wet. I had heard a tip that gently swabbing vintage silk with rubbing alcohol worked, but I want to get the opinions of the hive mind first.
Also, are there any ways to halt dry rot on silk? She's starting to show some deterioration in the back.
Here are some pics:
Face of doll