Attaching Doll Hair
September 14, 2019 7:48 PM   Subscribe

The machine. The full doll-making process from 1968 (this valley, it is uncanny), from 1963 (very similar). Anna from Frozen gets hair. Barbie gets hair. Large-scale Barbie gets two-tone hair. Another small-scale fashion doll gets hair.
posted by Eyebrows McGee (19 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
And PS, you're welcome for leaving out the video with neat hair-rooting views BUT ALSO the creepy modern auto eye-hole stretcher for faster doll eye placement, IT WAS NOT OKAY.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 7:50 PM on September 14, 2019


Show us the eye-hole machine.
posted by reductiondesign at 7:59 PM on September 14, 2019 [8 favorites]




A++ nightmare fuel exceeded expectations would click again
posted by jedicus at 8:36 PM on September 14, 2019 [10 favorites]


Dolls are creepy already; doll-making is next-level creepy. (But that eyeball machine is neat to watch, and belongs in a bad dystopian movie.)
posted by Dip Flash at 8:39 PM on September 14, 2019 [1 favorite]


The horrifying eye-hole machine DON'T CLICK I WARNED YOU

From about the 3-minute mark:

"This robot is used to stretch the plastic in order to put the eyes into the doll head. The job of putting in the eye now goes by much faster and the workers won't hurt themselves when trying to stretch the plastic."

So it was a more evil Dickensian workhouse before the terrifying eye machine?
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 9:11 PM on September 14, 2019 [5 favorites]


That doll-making vid was very cool and wonderfully creepy!
posted by windykites at 9:39 PM on September 14, 2019 [1 favorite]


I DO LOVE YOU MUMMY PLEASE TELL ME A FAIRY STORY

yes yes dolls with British accents delightful
posted by emjaybee at 11:11 PM on September 14, 2019 [1 favorite]


Having re-rooted bald Barbie dolls' hair by hand with a long needle, I would love one of those hair machines!

Having had eye surgery five times, I probably don't want to know what apoarstus they used to keep my peeper open while I was under. Some sort of peeper-keeper, I assume.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 11:41 PM on September 14, 2019 [1 favorite]


Everyone's all worked up over the eyehole machine--what about the box of eyes that open all at once?
posted by oneironaut at 11:46 PM on September 14, 2019 [5 favorites]


I do love you, Mummy. Please don't let them hurt me anymore.
posted by pracowity at 1:44 AM on September 15, 2019 [2 favorites]


Bwaah. I do not like how close to the invisibly-fast needle some of those fingers were. Gives me the Herbie jeebies. Way worse than the eye machine.
posted by stillnocturnal at 4:27 AM on September 15, 2019 [7 favorites]



Everyone's all worked up over the eyehole machine--what about the box of eyes that open all at once?



I personally found the blood (red)-spattered, doll-faced lip colour stencil to be the most unsettling.
posted by windykites at 5:38 AM on September 15, 2019 [2 favorites]


Everyone's all worked up over the eyehole machine--what about the box of eyes that open all at once?

I know they're unsettling, but they're the best shift supervisor this place has ever had.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 7:14 AM on September 15, 2019 [8 favorites]




" I do not like how close to the invisibly-fast needle some of those fingers were."

So I spent a long time studying these videos trying to figure out how this works, and I'm PRETTY sure the needle is actually in the long, sticking-up post that they put the head on, and the whirling thing is the BOBBIN. There's no needle flying around the top part, just popping up from underneath. (I think.) Like I think the machine is very cleverly making use of a gigantic bobbin to spin out long bobbin-tangles, like I accidentally do when I tension my machine wrong and I end up with a neat line on the needle side and GIANT LOOSE LOOPS that are nonetheless tightly rooted on the bobbin side.
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 1:29 PM on September 15, 2019 [1 favorite]


That full doll-making process video touched a nerve. The machine that hooks together the spring connecting the two arms, that is what I was missing when I assumed I could put my sisters' dolls back together if I took them apart.
posted by StickyCarpet at 4:06 PM on September 15, 2019 [2 favorites]


Eye hole machine = not my lovely, lovely Ludwig Van!
posted by biscotti at 5:38 AM on September 16, 2019


In the Anna from Frozen the girl in the back looks very young. Too young to be working in a factory.
posted by waving at 9:30 AM on September 16, 2019


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