If you like fashion dolls from the sixties, you are probably familiar with Alta Moda S Girls produced by the Italian company Furga. These elegant 17-inch tall beauties had fabulous wardrobes and accessories. Their hair could be coiffed in fun styles and they all had very distinct eye lashes. Some might find these lashes bizarre, but what ever your feelings about them, they are an important part of their unique charm. These wonky lashes might have caused some consternation with the original owners of the dolls, because it is common to find a doll today with her lashes cut or removed. But how do you replace those crazy, long, floss-like lashes?
I’ve tried lots of false eyelashes meant for humans, but when I found this I was stunned by how well it matched Furga’s original lashes.
Compare the yarn to some original lashes:
You’ll want to cut off a piece of the yarn and iron it flat before you start to work with it. Also, I applied Fray Check to the very ‘header’ of the fringe. This will keep the yarn from unraveling and will also make the yarn fringe firmer and easier to manipulate.
When the Fray Check is dry, you can cut a piece to fit in the slit of the doll’s eye.
When you are satisfied that the piece is the right length, remove the lash and add a small amount of white glue to the header edge of the yarn. Then carefully return the yarn into place.
I gave another Susanna some new lashes while I was at it. By the way, this was NOT the Susanna with the original lashes. : )
Give it a try! If you have a doll with no lashes, you don’t have anything to lose.
Have you tried any other ways to restore Furga eye lashes? Let us know!