I have read various “how to rebody” tutorials online and their re-body-ing efforts are explained in various ways. Those ways are not wrong, but over time I have created my own method using tips from various other tutorials, as well as the experiences I’ve had.
If you don’t understand WHY we re-body dolls, check out this post.
1) First, I wrap the hair of any head I want to preserve (sometimes I only care about one of the two heads) using paper towels and rubber bands.
2) Next, I use a blowdryer to heat the underside of the neck joint. Point the blowdryer at the rubber jawline of the head you want to remove. I have the blowdryer turned on for about the count of ten. Longer is okay too.
3) Pinch the head and pull upward. The head will come up about a quarter of an inch until the neck prong snags on the lip of the neck.
4) Finally, I use a small screwdriver (the ones found in eyeglass repair kits work well) to move the neck hole over one of the prongs. Once you have one prong below the neck hole, the head will come off easily.
- The worst thing that can happen is if you break the neck prong off of the ball joint in the neck socket. This makes the good body unusable. This is not so bad if you do it the “bad” body because if that body was good you probably wouldn’t be bothering to remove the head.
- If you don’t care anything about the head on the good body I recommend just using clippers to cut the neck open instead. That way you don’t risk weakening the neck ball joint on the good body.
- Some people recommend clipping the prongs off the neck piece/ball joint while it is still inside the head. That is another good idea, especially if you don’t quite understand or can’t seem to accomplish step 4 above where we torque the prong out of the neck hole.