I was just about to make the doll hospital page about compo restoration
when the Myro company went out of business.
Myro made the Epoxy Wood that I showed on the "What I Use" page.
Well, I couldn't very well show you how I restore compo with a product
that was no longer available!
So I set out looking for something just as good.
I found one that was more a paste than a putty, was black and took a whole day to cure.
I found another that set up in 4 minutes and didn't stick to anything.
Then there was the one that smelled like cookie dough and was just about a useful.
So I went web surfing for "Epoxy Putty" and found lots of references to a product made in Wales in the United Kingdom. Below are some links to sites that tell how people all over the world are using it.
Sounded like wonder stuff!
Problem was, none of the shops around here had
ever heard of it and weren't interested in finding it for me, either.
So I emailed the company in Whales and Eddie & Jane Atherton couldn't have been nicer!
They sent me samples of their Epoxy Putty and it's actually better than the Epoxy Wood that I had been using.
Because it does you no good to hear about something wonderful unless you can buy it somewhere, I'm going to be offering it for sale right here.
I used to use two 3/4 oz packages of the Myro for a 16" doll in really bad shape that needed a lot of compo filling and replacement. Milliput comes in 4 oz packages which equals more than five packages of the Myro.
Milliput comes in three grades but the Super Fine White is what I tried, love, and will be offering. I have samples of the other two grades and when I try them, if I see some advantage to using either of them instead of the White for some things, I'll be making that available as well.
It comes in two rolls. One is the adhesive and the other the hardener. You just cut off equal slices from each roll and knead them together with your fingers or blend in your palm with your thumb. Since both parts are white, it's hard to tell when they're completely mixed, so the makers of Milliput recommend kneading for five minutes.
Ready to use, it has the consistency of Sculpy, but it sticks to surfaces so you can fill surface pits, shallow or deep crazing or even complete splits in compo or hard plastic or porcelain. It takes about three hours to harden so you have plenty of time to work.
While it's soft, you can dampen your fingers and smooth it to match the surrounding surface.
Another thing it's great for is sculpting new fingers, toes, feet or even an entire part if your talented or have another on a different doll that you can use to make a mold.
It hardens like a rock and can be drilled, sanded, and even carved with a Dremmel tool.
I also used it to hold eye rockers in place inside the head.
On the doll above I pushed the Milliput
under the crazed compo and filled whatever compo surface broke off.
I smoothed it as much as possible around the ridges of the lifted compo.
The next day I used a sponge sanding pad in medium grade and sanded the ridges to restore the contours of the face.
Any small holes that the sanding uncovered, I filled with more Milliput and the next day sanded again.
Then I painted with the air brush and used a fine sanding sponge between coats.
After about ten coats of paint, I painted the features using the "Before" photo for reference and sealed with thinned varnish in the air brush.
Then I replaced the eyes using the Milliput to hold the rockers.
I put the front and back of the head together with Milliput, sanded the seam and painted and sealed it again with the airbrush, being careful not to spray the face.
Her original mohair wig was rotted, so I made her a new one of mohair.
While I was working on the head, a similar process was going on with the rest of the doll.
Fill with Milliput, smooth, sand, and paint.
Milliput has some nice properties.
It doesn't shrink as it hardens so the shape you sculpt is what becomes like stone.
It doesn't pull away from hard surfaces so it's wonderful for filling.
It's very fine so it can be pushed into craze lines and under cracked surface paint and keeps cracks from going further because it bonds with both the surface and the lifting paint. Once it's hard, it is waterproof, so moisture isn't the threat it is to compo, although it bonds and blends with the surface flawlessly.
Below are some links to sights showing how it's used for all sort of projects and repairs.
Now I'll be showing it often on the Hospital Page!
Milliput's Home Page
New Zeland Distributor
Bradshaw & Whelan Restoration & Conservation
....and there are hundreds more out there!
My first shipment should be arriving soon!
The price is $16 for the 4 oz package plus $4.60 Priority Mail shipping and insurance within the continental United States.
Pay Pal is great for orders or you can order directly from Michele Otey through email with the form below.