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Ideal Tammy Doll Restoration


My Tammy Doll Has A Broken Neck

Honesty is my best policy. Although I have a lot of dolls in queue that need help, once in awhile I find something on eBay that just calls to me.

The title of the auction read, "Older Tammy Doll - Needs Help." The eBay seller was honest. The doll needed help.

Ideal Tammy - Broken Neck

Ideal Tammy - Broken Neck

Ideal Tammy Gets A Make Over

It was in pretty rough shape. The Tammy doll arrived with a 3-Stooges Larry Fine hair style and a broken neck.

How I Fixed Tammy's Broken Neck - Start Here

Ideal Tammy - Neck Restoration Step 1

Ideal Tammy - Neck Restoration Step 1

When I got the doll, the first thing I did was carefully remove the head from the body. It is important to try not to completely tear the neck ring off the neck.

The doll was cleaned with a little Dial soap and Soft Scrub. The doll's hair was washed with Dial soap, and conditioned with Suave Cream Rinse. All this was done under steaming hot tap water.

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Tammy Restoration Notes

Typically a Tammy doll with a wobble head indicates the doll's neck ring was torn and is still inside the doll body, partially attached to the neck, as originally made. It is at this point you would want to try to get the head off the doll without tearing the neck ring completely off. It is much easier to repair that way.

To remove a partially torn head from the doll's body, I use a pair of stats or needle nose pliers to grip the rigid part of the neck ring that is still inside the body. Removing it that way makes it less likely the rigid plastic ring will tear completely away from the soft vinyl neck.

If the neck ring is completely off the neck, and floating inside the hollow body of the doll, try to remove the original ring from the body for use with your repair. Once the part is removed, clean and dry, it is important to match up the torn areas (if possible) between the edge of the neck and the neck ring. The more closely the two pieces are aligned, the better the repair.

Whenever possible, original parts are always best to work with.

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In Summary

When Tammy's neck is broken, her big head wobbles regardless of whether or not the neck ring is still attached to the head, or torn completely off. From the novice to the professional, each person who collects and restores any doll has their own tried and true method of repairing them. After years of collecting Tammy dolls with all sorts of Mom and pop repairs that I had to fix to get Tammy's head to look and function like it did when it came from the factory, I thought it may be a good idea to share what I finally found that works for me. Therefore, this web page is dedicated to all who search for help in repairing dolls of this type


Does Your Tammy Doll Need A Make Over?

You have reached an original web page authored by the artist of the doll who did the repairs as described herein. I offer my services to you. If you have a Tammy with a broken neck, and would rather not fix it yourself, please do not hesitate to inquire. I'd be glad to help, and provide your favorite Ideal doll with a trip to the salon for the price of postage.

Also, do not hesitate to leave a comment, or share your experience. Your comments and suggestions are welcome here. Tammy loves hearing from her friends.

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Mary E Fiorentino on May 25, 2020:

I need to know how to get out the old hair scraps from inside the head because the neck is s long. I plan do reroot a Tammy and need to prepare.

Linda on June 12, 2019:

My Tammy Doll has had what I refer to as a bleeding eye. While playing with her, a cotton ball drenched with nail polish remover landed on her one eye and soaked up her painted eye. At the time I tried to redraw in her eye using heaven knows what. There is a blue tint puddle surrounding her eye along with my hand drawing of a new eye. Could this be restored to bring back a better looking eye after 50 years of damage?

eddie1956 on January 28, 2019:

I have a few Tammy dolls that need to have their legs or arms replaced.

I have the spare parts, but not sure how to swap with out damaging her body. Any information would be very helpful.

thank you

Debbie Hilz from Sherman, Texas on January 10, 2019:

I am looking for instructions on how to replace the arms on my Tammy Doll (BS-12). Can anyone help me?

Soniakel on November 03, 2017:

I found a nice Pepper with a heel squashed inside , is there any way to fix it? I'm from Italy, I had a Barbie and my best friend had Tammy. And now, at 63, I'm falling in love with Tammy and Pepper. I love your pictures!

Hlewishan on January 08, 2017:

I found a Tammy at a thrift store for just $5 because her neck ring is broken off. The broken off ring is missing. Any tips on how to make one?

Tonie Cook (author) from USA on June 11, 2015:

Please contact me with details or a photo about your Tammy Mom's hair, and I will be glad to help you in any way I can.

anonymous on April 20, 2013:

What is the best way to get the neck and ring back into the body after repaired?

Tonie Cook (author) from USA on March 25, 2013:

@anonymous: Alicia, Send me an email and I will fix your doll's hair as close to original as possible.

anonymous on March 02, 2013:

I love tammy dolls and have a growing collection. I found a tammy MOM doll for 25c at a yard sale. she is in decent shape, but, her hair is terrible. I would like someone to share info on how to restlye her hair to as close original as possible. thanks

Tonie Cook (author) from USA on December 05, 2012:

@Lee Hansen: Thank you, Patiche -- I am so glad you stopped by.

Lee Hansen from Vermont on November 14, 2012:

Great method of restoring Tammy's beauty and fixing her broken neck.

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