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Ideal Tammy Doll Restoration

Updated on February 27, 2016

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 - Broken Neck
Ideal Tammy - Broken Neck

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

Ideal Tammy - Neck Restoration Step 1
Ideal Tammy - Neck Restoration Step 1

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 Repair

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Next, I began to work on the head.  Tammy received a rubber band hair band to set her bangs in place.  The head was propped up with an eraser pen to check out the damage and make sure the head was in a good position to be completely dry.  Glue adhereI use nail glue (as in fingernails) to carefully chemically bond the surfaces together. This works well for me because the adhesive was made for acrylic (plastic) surfaces, and it dries rather quickly.The torn area of the neck ring was glued surface to surface to the neck without any overlapping.  The neck ring was held in the attached position until the glue had set.  Once the glue set, the doll's hair was addressed. Based on the doll's hair anSince the doll's hair had been creased from many years of being in one position,  I styled her hair as best as it would allow, and secured her flip with a floral tie.   The doll sat like this for under the hair dryer (my desk lamp) for three days.Once Tammy made it through the salon, her head was carefully repositioned back into place.  Tammy was then posed standing under the lamp for the next three days.With the rubber band removed, Tammy's hair was styled for her greeting card  photo shoot.Tammy's hair was restyled  again as shown above for her auction photo session.  The coordinated rubber headband and ribbon secures her hair style as she travels to her new home. This doll's makeup is all original.  There was no need for touch-ups.Tammy looks great modeling the classic 'Travel Along' dress.Tammy's portrait with her pet.
Next, I began to work on the head.  Tammy received a rubber band hair band to set her bangs in place.  The head was propped up with an eraser pen to check out the damage and make sure the head was in a good position to be completely dry.  Glue adhere
Next, I began to work on the head. Tammy received a rubber band hair band to set her bangs in place. The head was propped up with an eraser pen to check out the damage and make sure the head was in a good position to be completely dry. Glue adhere
I use nail glue (as in fingernails) to carefully chemically bond the surfaces together. This works well for me because the adhesive was made for acrylic (plastic) surfaces, and it dries rather quickly.
I use nail glue (as in fingernails) to carefully chemically bond the surfaces together. This works well for me because the adhesive was made for acrylic (plastic) surfaces, and it dries rather quickly.
The torn area of the neck ring was glued surface to surface to the neck without any overlapping.  The neck ring was held in the attached position until the glue had set.  Once the glue set, the doll's hair was addressed. Based on the doll's hair an
The torn area of the neck ring was glued surface to surface to the neck without any overlapping. The neck ring was held in the attached position until the glue had set. Once the glue set, the doll's hair was addressed. Based on the doll's hair an
Since the doll's hair had been creased from many years of being in one position,  I styled her hair as best as it would allow, and secured her flip with a floral tie.   The doll sat like this for under the hair dryer (my desk lamp) for three days.
Since the doll's hair had been creased from many years of being in one position, I styled her hair as best as it would allow, and secured her flip with a floral tie. The doll sat like this for under the hair dryer (my desk lamp) for three days.
Once Tammy made it through the salon, her head was carefully repositioned back into place.  Tammy was then posed standing under the lamp for the next three days.
Once Tammy made it through the salon, her head was carefully repositioned back into place. Tammy was then posed standing under the lamp for the next three days.
With the rubber band removed, Tammy's hair was styled for her greeting card  photo shoot.
With the rubber band removed, Tammy's hair was styled for her greeting card photo shoot.
Tammy's hair was restyled  again as shown above for her auction photo session.  The coordinated rubber headband and ribbon secures her hair style as she travels to her new home. This doll's makeup is all original.  There was no need for touch-ups.
Tammy's hair was restyled again as shown above for her auction photo session. The coordinated rubber headband and ribbon secures her hair style as she travels to her new home. This doll's makeup is all original. There was no need for touch-ups.
Tammy looks great modeling the classic 'Travel Along' dress.
Tammy looks great modeling the classic 'Travel Along' dress.
Tammy's portrait with her pet.
Tammy's portrait with her pet.

Tammy's Portrait: Makeover Complete

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

In Summary

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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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.

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      Soniakel 

      9 months ago

      I found a nice Pepper with a heel squashed inside , is there any way to fix it? I'm from Italy, I had a Barbie and my best friend had Tammy. And now, at 63, I'm falling in love with Tammy and Pepper. I love your pictures!

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      Hlewishan 

      19 months ago

      I found a Tammy at a thrift store for just $5 because her neck ring is broken off. The broken off ring is missing. Any tips on how to make one?

    • Charlino99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonie Cook 

      3 years ago from USA

      Please contact me with details or a photo about your Tammy Mom's hair, and I will be glad to help you in any way I can.

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      Barbara 

      3 years ago

      I would like help in fixing Tammy's Mom's hair. Any suggestions.

      Thank you.

      Rourkebarbara@yahoo.ca

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      What is the best way to get the neck and ring back into the body after repaired?

    • Charlino99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonie Cook 

      5 years ago from USA

      @anonymous: Alicia, Send me an email and I will fix your doll's hair as close to original as possible.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      I love tammy dolls and have a growing collection. I found a tammy MOM doll for 25c at a yard sale. she is in decent shape, but, her hair is terrible. I would like someone to share info on how to restlye her hair to as close original as possible. thanks

    • Charlino99 profile imageAUTHOR

      Tonie Cook 

      5 years ago from USA

      @Lee Hansen: Thank you, Patiche -- I am so glad you stopped by.

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      Lee Hansen 

      5 years ago from Vermont

      Great method of restoring Tammy's beauty and fixing her broken neck.

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