Over the years I have bought several vintage outfits from estate sales and yard sales with hopes of someday finding a manikin that I could afford. This past Saturday I found the top half of this lady at the flea market. It was love at first sight even though she had a thin layer of dirt and a spot of bright blue ink about the size of a quarter near her eyebrow. Izy, Inc. is embossed on her back but I haven't been able to find anything about her history when I google it. I believe her eyes are glass and they are beautiful!
When removing the ink, I also removed some of the flesh-colored paint. I researched restoring manikins on the Internet and read that you could get Home Depot to match the paint. With her hand tucked in my purse, I headed there last night before the snow storm. The employee in the paint department scanned the hand and came up with an almost perfect match. Amazing! He did comment that matching the hand was the most unusual request he's had.
I repaired her face but didn't have a fine brush to finish her eyebrow so it needs some more fine tuning.