Re-Root: Giggles by Ideal
Recently, I set out to start re-rooting larger dolls. You’ve seen my work on Chatty Cathy already and now I’m ready to unveil my newest re-root (finished yesterday) done on the adorable Giggles doll by Ideal.
Giggles is a pain in the neck to take apart. Anyone who is thinking of re-rooting a Giggles, be warned that it takes a bit of work to unscrew the body and ‘un-cork’ the head. For Giggles eyes to move, her head is on a track of sorts (referred to in this post as a joint) that goes up and down. To re-root Giggles, you have to pry the joint off her head very carefully and then pray that you’ll be able to get it back on when the time comes.
Here’s a shot of the body. They definitely don’t make dolls like this now a days!
See that black circle connected to the off white border around her neck opening? That is what you have to pry off. My mom used a cake icer to get this done.
After getting all her hair off of her head, I went to work. I re-root with a re-rooting tool purchased via Dollyhair. It cuts down on time and is easier on the fingers. It only took four days start to finish on this re-root. I’m sure it would have taken much longer with the needle method. Remember, you’ll need to get crafting glue to secure the hair after you’re all done re-rooting with the tool. Otherwise, you won’t be able to style it well.
Ta-da! Here’s the finished product. This Giggles now has a head of ‘Chocolate Pudding’ nylon hair. It took a total of four large hanks. To get it to crimp a bit, we braided the hair and then hot boiled it down. Getting her back together was a pain in the neck, but I love the end result of this re-root!