Questions and Answers: Care and Maintenance

Caring for your “Private Island Beauties” doll.......

As you unwrap your doll, be extra careful while cutting away the bubble wrap. Inspect your doll for any damage. If anything has happened to her during shipping, you need to call us immediately. We have carefully checked out every aspect of your doll before shipping. We then photographed her. If you find anything about your doll in the first 3 days after her arrival that is an obvious studio fault, please let us know. Due to the nature of the use of this product we cannot be held responsible for damage after this time.

The first and most important thing to remember is quite simple. Just treat her as you would an actual person. Although the platinum silicone we use to create her can stretch up to 9x and is amazingly resilient, she will certainly appreciate it if you just play nice. It seems that most often it is “friends” who tend to cause damage. ”Let’s see how far the nipples can stretch !!” Watch out for those types. She is yours now to protect.

As you remove her from her sheet you may notice that she’s powdery. That’s her designated powdering sheet! Although it is not absolutely necessary to powder the skin, you’ll find that it makes it feel nice and smooth. It also takes away the shine on the skin surface. You can use baby powder or corn starch. There are scented versions as well. Oo La La. As it becomes apparent that she’d like a bit of powder, apply it liberally and spread it with a soft brush. Later just toss the sheet in the wash. While the Beauties will not exude silicone oil, (we don’t use it) it’s still a good idea to protect fine furniture from whatever trace she may leave. We actually wash them in acetone to remove any trace of our mold release. Soap and water will serve quite well to clean her skin. We use baby wipes. If you then powder the cleaned area you’ll find it less likely to attract dirt. We’ve found that hair clinging to the face from static electricity from the wig can be taken care of by using a soft make-up brush to apply just a bit of powder to that area. Avoid the eyes and lips as you want those to stay shiny. A drop of baby oil inside the eye socket will help ease eye movement. She may be submersed in water. (unless she has a neck bolt option) Just don’t leave her out in the pool. The chlorine may fade her skin. Direct sunlight will fade anything over time. She’ll love a ride in the car. It’s a blast to get the reactions from other drivers !! She will especially enjoy the beach!! Store her on a soft cushion. Avoid resting her on hard or sharp surfaces. We’re sure that she’ll enjoy your own personal hard surface however! Move her occasionally. Change her clothes often. It’s when the Beauties are fresh out of the mold that they are most likely to be stained by dark clothing. That’s why we paint them within the first three days out of the mold. Avoid leaving dark stockings, bodices, or other tight lingerie on her for more than a few hours when she first arrives. Victorias Secret lingerie will most likely not leave any stain. If you have the patience, it’s actually a good idea to pre-wash dark clothing before dressing her. Better to be safe. After time she’ll not be so prone to staining. It’s still a good idea to change her outfits regularly. Some of the tighter fashions, including tight shoes, could leave a mark if left on for too long. If she is wearing pantyhose, it will be easier to slide pants onto her. It may also be easier to dress her from the bottom up...sliding dresses on feet first.

Boiling water may be used to clean any of the openings. You can boil the inserts, or ever put them in the dishwasher. Soap and water work fine however. Powdering the insert or adding some lube to the outside will make it easier to slide it back into the body. Do not use silicone based lubricants. K-Y is fine as it is water based. Astro Glide also works well. Be sure to wash her out after use. It’ll be tempting not to, but a girl likes to be taken care of! Perfumes won’t hurt her. Piercings such as earrings, belly piercings, labia…just slip right in. Have fun with that. Rings, necklaces, hats, and glasses are a great addition to the illusion of reality. Any additional make-up you add can be carefully removed with acetone. When we move the doll we often remove the head first. That will take 6 lbs off the weight as you carry her. The bridal carry works great. Remember to bend at the knees. You’ll find two holes behind the eyes, up inside the neck opening. You can use your finger to adjust the eyes this way, avoiding the delicate eyelashes. The eyes may be replaced if someday you’d like to change their color. Be aware that the acrylic nails can cut into, or at least leave a mark if they are accidentally rubbed against the body. They are like little knives. Move her carefully. She’ll sit on her hands if you let her. That goes for the toes too. Before lifting her, place her hands in her lap for safety. The neck has a tough interior. If you want to adjust it, feel free to really bend it around. Always take care when removing her head to not tear around the fine edge around the opening. You may have to over bend the neck to make it stay in the position you want. She can take it. Heating blankets are a great way to warm her. A hot bath, or just a hot water bottle, works to warm her as well. Be careful using heating pads. They get really hot! The silicone can withstand much more heat than we can. We have included a small tube of Sil-Poxy which is a strong silicone adhesive. If you see a tear, (if a finger wire pokes through or the labia shows some wear...)…just clean the site with acetone (or fingernail polish remover) and carefully apply some Sil-poxy and wipe off any excess. It will set, better than new, in 10 minutes. Stopping a small tear early on will keep it from becoming a large one later. The silicone smell you notice will subside quickly. The soft areas of the breasts and abdomen may be susceptible to “denting” if they are harshly gripped with fingertips. It’s something to be aware of. Take care there. We take a lot of extra time during the casting process to see that these areas are tantalizingly soft. When photographing your Beauty, try to be very aware of the position of the eyes. Go right or left, up or down...but avoid the lifeless straight ahead stare. Natural light will be fine..especially early in the morning or at dusk. We’re always amazed by the creativity shown by our collectors when the camera comes out. Have a great time taking pics...and have a wonderful time next to your doll. She will tend to take on a “personality“ all her own after some time. We look forward to your photos.

You now have a beautiful sculpture that you can be proud to show. Our hope is that you’ll enjoy having her as a part of your world for a good long time.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to write or call. 703-505-5529