At any rate, I was able to make it work, and I came across a trick for getting the tiny hand hooks through large loops of elastic that I had to share.
Instead of trying to "hook" the open end of the S shape onto the elastic loop at the end of the wrist or ankle joint, this is what you need to try:
- Make certain that you have the loop held in place with you hemostats at the ankle or wrist.
- Push one half of the S-hook through the loop of elastic.
- Twist the S-hook up, and it will magically slide onto the loop, through the middle of the S, rather than through the end of the S.
I actually did this with the hand already attached to the hook, so it was a cinch to get the doll's hand in place. Give it a try, and tell me what you think. Have you all been doing this for years, and I just figured it out?