Famous doll writer Peggy Millhouse (you've seen her great articles in Doll Reader) shares some ideas:
composition doll has long been a victim of crazing and, over the years,
restoration has been expensive and often less than satisfactory. I
avoided composition dolls for this very reason. Still, I was drawn to
their unique warmth and ended up with a few charmers in my collection.
Crazing, as it is called, was considered inevitable in the composition
doll world: several of my own dolls were suffering from some nasty
looking lines. Undaunted, but pretty discouraged, I happened upon Compo Craze Concealer.
In California to give a program, I was able to attend a doll show in
Vallejo. There I saw Elisa, Sandi's daughter, demonstrate the product
that her mother had developed and perfected. In a matter of minutes I
was enamored with this product! I purchased some, thinking at first
that it was expensive, but the more I used it, the more I loved it. My
crazed composition dolls began a new life. I was also amazed at how
little Compo Craze Concealer I needed for each doll, and my
original purchase (1/2 oz) eventually restored twenty 8 to 14 inch
dolls. What a return on my investment - less than $3.00 per doll!!
to know Sandi has been delightful. She is a charming, compassionate,
and energetic woman. She loves composition dolls and wanted doll
collectors to have the opportunity to own beautiful examples. Sandi is
sensitive to the requests and needs of the composition doll collector,
since they have been her own struggles and frustrations. She continues
to expand the line of products to care for and restore composition
dolls. I have the highest regards for Sandra Lee Products and the
family behind them.
has a wonderful doll site and sells booklets on restoration techniques
at: www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/7145/ *this link is temporarily
down for technical reasons but you can email her directly here: Peggy Millhouse