Welcome to My Red Cape. Long ago in another time my husband Jack and I lived in a little old red house. It was the stuff of dreams to us for the few years that we were there. I live there still a number of hours every day in imagination, with old dolls and paintings and fabrics and feather trees. I draw inspiration and happiness from the memories of that space in time and share some of it here with friends who remember how to step with Alice through the looking glass and take delight in whimsies and antiquities.

For more than sixty years I have studied, collected, repaired, and bought and sold antique dolls. They have been back ground music in my life at every stage, sometimes louder, sometimes subdued, but always there with me. To see only the posts about dolls on this blog, click the banner on the right titled Dolls for My Red Cape. Keep clicking “Older Posts” to see more. Some of the posts featuring rug hooking are gathered under the banner For Cathy. From time to time items are offered for sale under the banner “O’Neill’s Antiques” which was our shop name for many years. ~Edyth O’Neill

Friday, March 27, 2015

How to Clean Wax Dolls


I have dozens of doll projects, a few of which are being worked with now. The nice blond paper mache head getting a new body is an American doll not found too often.  Her facial paint is pristine, never mind the loss of a bit of shoulder plate. 

I ordered a nice pair of old wax over papier mache arms for a doll needing them. They will do very well, To clean them I will use some Johnson's paste wax on a soft cloth. This is a good way to carefully clean soiled wax dolls, taking care not to remove any wax that is painted and must stay,  dirty or not!  Some wax and wax overs have eyebrows and lips painted under the wax and others are painted on top of it.  Determine carefully which case you have before trying this.  e 

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