When one of my friends read my blog, they asked me, "Do you really pop their heads off?" She was referring to how I switch doll bodies, and I had to explain how I perform my "Frankendolly" surgeries. I decided that this would be a good blog topic (while giving The Committee time to calm down).
I am going to FOCUS on Mattel dolls in this blog. (You must use a heating pad for Fashion Royalty or Silkstone dolls).
First, I use a Phillips Head Screwdriver to help pry the head off the doll. I pull the head back and slip the screwdriver inside the head. I find the "tabs" and pull them toward the hole with the screwdriver. This allows the head to pop off.
It is good to take the tabs off these neck knobs, so you can switch heads easily. Once you pry one of these heads off using a screwdriver, you don't want to do it over and over again on the same body - sooner or later the neck knob will break completely off!
If you are doing a Fashionista body, the neck knob is a long pronged piece. Here is how you cut it off.