I used old tiny permanent rods like Grandma used to set her hair. Be sure to use the tissues for the ends. I rolled them up tight...in the shape of rag curls. Then I boiled water and using a measuring cup, I poured boiling hot water over each curl for 10 seconds. It's important to keep her eyes dry. A little tricky, but it worked out great. Then I let her hair dry for 48 hours
When I took the rods out, she now has wonderful "rag" curls. If you know your American Girl dolls, you will know that they have never had a doll with rag curls. I think she turned out perfect and the heat "melted" the frizz away. :o)
We have an American Girl store in Denver, so I went shopping while on a visit up north. I bought this dress from Rebecca's line, but when I saw the crinoline and slip, I had to get them as well as I had just found an old dress form in a shop here in town.
I used just a little bit of Genesis heat set paint (from Amaco) to make her lips a little pinker....and I think she is just gorgeous! A "remodeled" American Girl doll! Now I'm on the hunt to find other dolls with frizzed out hair and in need of repair. I'm going to establish a home for unwanted dolls. LOL!!! All the while using up my craft supplies to do the repairs with!
This bungalow came with a very nice shed in the back yard, about 8' x 12'. I think it will soon become a doll's house. But I have to come up with a name for it. "The Doll Cottage" is what I keep coming back to, but maybe "The Doll Village" since "The Village" - the place where mom used to live is just 2 blocks away. "The Village for Dolls" - meaning a retirement home for dolls? Because people who live here know "The Village" is a retirement center.
I have started collecting ideas on Pinterest for ways to decorate it. You can see them here. It's great to have so much fun at this stage of my life!!!