This was pretty freakin' tricky to do. I was worried I was going to slice straight through the neck. I didn't though, as you can see from the pictures below. Basically, what I had was this round ball neck base and I needed to sand it down to a tubular shape and then carve in a slot all the way around. Did I mention this was tricky? First thing I did was pry off the hair since it was going to be in the way. Next, I used a couple grinding stone attachments on the Dremel to get the tube shape and then thin the neck overall (it was fatter than the old style necks even without the ball on the end). And then it was time to make the slot. After marking a pencil line around the neck, I used the cutting blade on the Dremel and made lots and lots of slow passes around the neck. Once the slot was deep enough and wide enough all the way around, I did some finish sanding and fit the head in place. (BTW, the Dremel Stylus is an awesome tool).
I'm not putting the hair back on because I'm not sure yet if I'm going to use it or sculpt new hair myself. So for now, Sarah will remain bald. Unfortunately, removing the hair revealed a ridge above the eyebrows that helped hold the hair in place. I can't sand it down without also sanding away the eyebrows, so I'll just have to contend with it and hope that if I do make new hair, I can mostly hide that ridge.
I've got everyone's clothing all worked out in my head except for Sarah, so opinions are welcome. It's really just color I'm undecided on. Brown leather jacket or black? Brown boots or black? Black jeans or khaki cargo pants? No visible pockets, though, so I'm thinking I'll make the pants be jeans. So, black jeans? Any color thoughts for the button-up shirt?
Next, I have to do all my sculpting, which includes making ball shaped bottoms for John and Charley's necks (reverse issue from Sarah's neck - they need to go from old style neck to newer style neck) and making hair for the chicks. I really really just want to start painting. I'm so impatient.
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