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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Removing moleskin from resin

Moleskin (suede) inside a knee joint.
Wonder how to remove the moleskin suede inside of those joints or on your ball-jointed doll's head cap? It's easy and fast.

First, if your doll is sueded with Dr. Scholl's Moleskin Plus (adhesive on one side and faux suede on the other), or if he or she has a wig cap made from moleskin strips, you'll want to make sure not to get it wet. The moleskin comes off, but the adhesive isn't water soluble, so it makes a sticky mess.

You'll want a bottle of alcohol on hand (or colorless acetone works, too). Be sure to work in a well-ventilated area. For your doll's head cap, be sure to keep the alcohol (or acetone) far from any face painting or body blushing, as this will remove the sealant and color. Remove the head cap for safety.

Apply a thin layer of alcohol using a damp cotton pad to and around the moleskin. It should easily loosen the adhesive and peel away. Any smudges should come off as well. 

You won't need to rinse either the acetone or alcohol. Use extreme care when using acetone around resin, as it will temporarily soften the surface. Your doll will be prone to dents, dings, and scratches until the liquid has completed evaporated.

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