Does alpaca hair come out more easily than regular mohair? I’m using it for the first time. I really like it a lot. It’s so fine and soft like real baby hair, and it lays flat. A little bit usually comes out with the first brushing of any mohair but it seems like more than usual came out on this baby. I wanted it wispy but I’m going to have to re-root some spots.
I believe it does Jean. I rooted Tink’s hair with alpaca and had the same issues. I think I had to glue as I went and she ended up with the 'applied hair" look aka MG Dolls.
Your tink is beautiful.
Apparently it does. When I was done rooting for the night I glued the inside to ensure I didnt pull it out as I rotated the head while I rooted. However, the one doll I rooted with alpaca ended up getting a bald patch where it laid in the crib. This has never happened when I’ve rooted with mohair. Alpaca is very delicate…from my experience.
This is stressful, I have rooted and sold 3 babies with Alpaca, my most expensive baby to date was rooted with it. Now I am worried my work may be thought of as shoddy if that is happening… I have quite a bit invested in it too do I pitch it…
Do you think an extra layer of glue would help?
I had one doll rooted with regular mohair that developed a bald patch on the back of her head. She was not handled at all-just lying in a bed.
I have 2 reborns from other artists that are like 10 years old-rooted with mohair. Both have bald spots from being displayed/boxed up only. It doesn’t make me think less of their artists.
Edited to Add: One developed his bald spot within a year or so. I did fix his hair every time I changed him, but the bald patch is only on the back, not where I’d play with his hair.
Sounds like it’s just dissolving on the outside!
Do these hair issues occur if the doll is rooted with human hair?
I know I am late to this post, but I hand spin yarn as a hobby and I can tell you that goat fiber and sheep fiber are like 10x stronger (IMO) than the Alpaca, which is why the Alpaca is so luxuriously soft! When I am spinning Alpaca, it is really hard for me to keep several hundred strands of it (being held together) from breaking off even with light tension but I don’t think the doll would go bald if secured with glue unless a child was playing rough with it or the owner of the doll was undressing/ dressing very roughly.
Thank you very much for your insight, that was so informative, it really helped me put this issue in perspective.
I have some order right now. Glad to get more info but makes me worry about using it now.