In the summer of 2021, while putting a skirt onto our Leviathan doll , Lee, an unexpected thing happened . . . her hip frame broke causing her upper torso to fall into my hands while her lower body went crashing to the floor.
It was such an unsettling experience.
I didn’t know what to do.
Shaken by the whole thing, I placed her in the back of my closet to deal with on another day.
But after a several months (feeling guilty about leaving Lee in that situation) I knew it was time to make a decision.
Do I repair Lee or do I let her live the rest of her life in the back of the closet?
I decided to repair her but was hesitant about it.
Replacing the broke part seemed easy enough. But I worried I’d cause more damage to another part of her body during the repair of the hip joint.
Luckily, the dolly universe heard by concerns and a YouTube video by Linda of the channel Mes crazy expériences appeared.
Her Mahiro (Azone doll) had a loose arm due to a broken bust frame.
In the video, Linda shared how she handled the injury & repaired the doll with advice from a friend.
After watching the video, I felt inspired to try replacing my doll’s broken hip joint.
So I ordered an Obitsu hip frame from Amazon Japan. I was already going to buy a book, so why not add a doll joint to the order.
My items arrived about a week later.
It’s Time for Doll Surgery
With the hip frame in hand, it was time to replace Lee’s busted hip.
Since I had removed her legs and the broken piece in the summer it was time to put things in place & back together again. Should be easy, right?
But I struggled getting the new piece inside the torso.
It took some wiggling and dexterity to get the joint in the correct position.
But my struggles didn’t end there.
I couldn’t get the legs onto the new hip pegs. Something was preventing them from sliding flush onto hip.
Once again, the dolly universe heard my worries. And I stumbled upon a doll forum which led me to a great post on Dollieh Sanctuary on how to replace Obitsu 50cm torso.
Thank goodness it had detailed instructions & close up images.
Wonderful for a new dolly surgeon like myself 😉
Following the instructions, it took me several attempts to get the legs back in place.
I kept getting the swinging/dropping legs.
But I kept at it.
And I’m thrilled to say . . . that I was able to replace Lee’s hip frame and put her back together again!
What a relief!
Thanks to Linda for the video that inspired me to tempt the hip replacement.
And thanks to the awesome post on Dollieh Sanctuary that made everything come together.
Here’s hoping I won’t have to perform another dolly surgery for a long time.
Over to you
Have you experienced a doll injury before? What broke/cracked on your doll?
Were you able to repair the dolly injury or was it unrepairable?
Share your experience in the comment section below.
I look forward to chatting with you.
Here’s the video Linda shared on repairing her doll’s bust frame. Enjoy!