A lot of doll owners do it all the time, but for me this was the first time I switched modern Barbie doll heads. I have to admit that I don't like doing it at all. I was really scared to break the neck joints or damage the heads! I went strictly by the book and heated the heads, but still... Brrr!
But it was necessary. My original Made To Move Billie's uneven eyes bugged me so much, I just had to do it.
|The right eye is much bigger and is placed too far to the side of the head.|
The new head is from Generation Girl Nichelle (1998), one of the dolls I found in the thrift store last week. There's a bit of a color difference between the head and the body, but it's acceptable.
|Billie: "So this is how I will look when I'm older..."|
I was very careful not to break the original body's neck joint. It stretched a bit and turned white under the knob, but it's still whole. I will use Billie in my photo story, but after it's finished Nichelle will be made all original again. The Made To Move body had a very long joint sticking out of the neck, so I had to cut off most of it to be able to fit Nichelle's smaller head on it. Somehow for me older Barbie dolls are kind of sacred, but newer ones are not.
|Stretched but in one piece...|
I'm really happy with the new Billie. Her hair is awesome and her face very pretty. I will keep the original head for repainting practice (some day...).
Billie is wearing a sweater that was included in the thrift store doll lot. After a wash it looked as good as new. The jeans and sneakers are from Made To Move Skateboarder Barbie.