Need Ideas on How to Repair My Tiny Tears Doll, Please

lynninnewmexicoApril 17, 2014

This is my first time on this forum, although I'm a regular over on the Decorating Forum. I could really use some advice. My beloved 11" original Tiny Tears doll's left arm has broken off at the elbow from material fatigue.

I can't seem to locate a place to buy a replacement arm and am wondering it I can somehow repair it myself.
I have 3 ideas at the moment. Do any of them sound doable to you?

1) Glue it with some yet unknown glue that will adhere to the rubber the doll's body is made out of . . . and dry clear.
2) Head to Hobby Lobby (or ?) to find some kind of soft polymer or clay that I can stuff inside the broken upper arm,forming a tube of it that I can then slide the broken forearm over and glue on. It would have to be something that would dry without baking.
3) Or, a polymer that does need baking. I could form a tube of it that would fit into the upper and lower arm. Bake the tube. Slide it into the upper arm using some kind of glue, and then slide the lower arm onto the bottom half of it.
I'd really appreciate hearing your thoughts and ideas. I'm not looking to keep my doll in pristine condition, I'd just like to keep her whole for me to enjoy seeing her sitting on a display shelf. Or, if you know of a place online where I could buy a replacement arm, I'd love it.


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Your best bet is to google for a doll hospital in your area and ask about replacement parts.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2014 at 7:56PM
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Thank you, Emma. Good advice. The more I look at this doll, the more sure I am that I shouldn't be working on it myself. I'm going to call a local doll repair person first thing Monday morning and see if she can help me.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 6:16PM
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You are welcome. Good luck.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2014 at 7:34PM
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You could also attempt to find one, maybe on ebay, that is in bad shape (so not too expensive) and has the arm you need to replace it.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2014 at 12:04PM
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Lynn, I would also try looking for a similar doll at the thrift stores.
You might have some good luck there and the price would be great.

    Bookmark   October 23, 2014 at 2:59PM
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