HandBook for Dollmakers
Doll Joints (Plastic)
by Gloria J. "Mimi" Winer
Making Joint Holes
Fold the fabric at the dot where the joint hole will go. Then fold it again so that the dot is at the tip of the fold. Clip to make hole. Put Fray Check around the hole to strengthen it and prevent fraying. Stretch the fabric and allow to dry.
Check to make sure that the sides of the joint fit snugly together. If they do not fit snugly, use a countersink in your electric drill to make the washer fit better, or use a small, round (rat tail) file to enlarge the hole in the washer.
The rounded edge of the washer goes towards the stationary disk. The flat side of the locking disk goes towards the washer as shown in the picture below.
An empty thread spool may be used to press the locking disk in place. Put the spool on a table, insert the stem of the joint in the hole, and push down on the joint from the top. This lets you use your weight to close the joint instead of the strength of your fingers.
The arms go on with the thumbs facing the front of the body. The legs go on with the toes facing the front of the body. If you put an arm or leg on backwards (on the wrong side), you must destroy the locking disk to remove it. Use a pair of diagonal wire cutters to cut the plastic. Be careful not to damage the shaft of the joint. Use a new locking disk to reinstall the arm or leg.
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