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My Tammy Doll Has A Broken Neck
Honesty is my best policy. Although I have a lot of dolls in queue that need help, once in awhile I find something on eBay that just calls to me.
The title of the auction read, "Older Tammy Doll - Needs Help." The eBay seller was honest. The doll needed help.
Ideal Tammy Gets A Make Over
It was in pretty rough shape. The Tammy doll arrived with a 3-Stooges Larry Fine hair style and a broken neck.
How I Fixed Tammy's Broken Neck - Start Here
When I got the doll, the first thing I did was carefully remove the head from the body. It is important to try not to completely tear the neck ring off the neck.
The doll was cleaned with a little Dial soap and Soft Scrub. The doll's hair was washed with Dial soap, and conditioned with Suave Cream Rinse. All this was done under steaming hot tap water.
Tammy's Neck RepairClick thumbnail to view full-size
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The Old Tammy ID and Price Guide
Tammy Restoration Notes
Typically a Tammy doll with a wobble head indicates the doll's neck ring was torn and is still inside the doll body, partially attached to the neck, as originally made. It is at this point you would want to try to get the head off the doll without tearing the neck ring completely off. It is much easier to repair that way.
To remove a partially torn head from the doll's body, I use a pair of stats or needle nose pliers to grip the rigid part of the neck ring that is still inside the body. Removing it that way makes it less likely the rigid plastic ring will tear completely away from the soft vinyl neck.
If the neck ring is completely off the neck, and floating inside the hollow body of the doll, try to remove the original ring from the body for use with your repair. Once the part is removed, clean and dry, it is important to match up the torn areas (if possible) between the edge of the neck and the neck ring. The more closely the two pieces are aligned, the better the repair.
Whenever possible, original parts are always best to work with.
Friends Of Tammy Walk The Walk
When Tammy's neck is broken, her big head wobbles regardless of whether or not the neck ring is still attached to the head, or torn completely off. From the novice to the professional, each person who collects and restores any doll has their own tried and true method of repairing them. After years of collecting Tammy dolls with all sorts of Mom and pop repairs that I had to fix to get Tammy's head to look and function like it did when it came from the factory, I thought it may be a good idea to share what I finally found that works for me. Therefore, this web page is dedicated to all who search for help in repairing dolls of this type
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Does Your Tammy Doll Need A Make Over?
You have reached an original web page authored by the artist of the doll who did the repairs as described herein. I offer my services to you. If you have a Tammy with a broken neck, and would rather not fix it yourself, please do not hesitate to inquire. I'd be glad to help, and provide your favorite Ideal doll with a trip to the salon for the price of postage.
Also, do not hesitate to leave a comment, or share your experience. Your comments and suggestions are welcome here. Tammy loves hearing from her friends.
Thank you for being a friend of Tammy.