How to make a head holder

(or, how to perform a Full Body Transplant)


The point here is to fashion a head holder that is similar in shape to the original AF body’s neck. It is adapted to fit into a 40th Anniversary Ken body neck hole. The original AF body is pictured here for reference.


First, you need some wine corks. (I prefer Our Dog Blue by Chatteau Morrisette.) Cut a cork to about ¾ inch in length.


Cut a notch around the top that is about the same thickness as that disk thing.


Taper the cork up to the disk – you are striving to recreate the same shape as the original neck.


Cut another notch just below the start of the taper.


Cut away enough cork to make a post – this will fit into the Ken neck (see next pic).


It takes a little tweaking to get the circumference of the post correct. It should be snug, but not tight.


Not a bad fit.


The disk part will fit into the AF’s head. This is tricky – if it’s too loose, the head flops around. If it’s too tight, the cork breaks when inserting it. Trim the disk until it goes in without a lot of twisting.


This is too big – I had to trim it a bit.


This is actually too loose – it took 3 corks to finally get it right.


Aahhh – finally! The surgery was a success. On to the fondue party. . . .


March 2010: The cork doesn’t last very long: it dries out, and breaks if you move the head around too much. I’ve made many of these head holders over the years and it’s a real chore.  Now I’m working on casting and molding with resin to try to create a more permanent head holder.  In the meantime, scotch tape works, too.


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