I enjoy making rugs and headcollars for my Julips (HOTYs), they look great standing in a colourful row. However I was recently moving a couple around and noticed that both the ribbon and bias binding had started to stain them. I never expected that to happen! It doesn't wipe or wash off, but luckily I noticed before the staining got too bad. I don't know if any of you have also experienced this?
Now they're all planning their new wardrobes - minus the bias edging and with white ribbon straps!
Post by astudyinscarlet on Oct 16, 2015 18:57:19 GMT
I daren't put leather headcollars on my lighter coloured models because I don't trust the dyes in leather and I've always tried to line my rugs with light coloured synthetic felt because I'm not sure how completely colourfast some (mainly the natural fibre) felts/fabrics are but I've never had problems with staining from ribbon or binding. (I have seen models left with what are effectively 'tan lines' from having part of them covered by tack or rugs for a long time and then the exposed parts have either faded or discoloured to a different colour to the parts that were covered by tack/rugs. Maybe that doesn't happen with HOTYs though; I've only seen that happen on Originals and Breyers myself.)
What about making under-rugs the same size as the proper rugs (or maybe just slightly bigger) in something like white cotton fabric or very thin white felt for some of them, so the main rug and its binding wouldn't then touch the model? And maybe their headcollars could be lined with something like white felt (to look kind of like those fancy padded headcollars) to stop the ribbons touching them.
'Tan line' fading does happen to HOTYs as well, I have a couple I got second hand which have marks where rugs and headcollars have been. I'm the same about leaving leather tack on, even synthetic can stain if you've painted the edges to hide the white plastic inside it, but ribbon headcollars themselves haven't done it with mine. Lining them with white felt sounds a great idea