Ta-da!! :) Denny came together faster than I expected! One Disney movie, one episode of Bob’s Burgers, approximately 17 finger stabs, and many painfully hissed expletives later, this cute little cetacean is clean and cuddly again.
Denny’s wounds are closed, he has a shiny new pair of eyes, he’s plump with fresh Polyfil, and his fur has been (gently!! carefully!!) un-matted with a slicker brush. There’s still something a bit off about the texture of his tummy (possibly the fabric has just been too abused?) but I was very pleased to see the gross brownish discoloration came out with a bit of hydrogen peroxide (I would recommend this ONLY for white fabric; it would probably bleach colored fabric). Right now Denny is settling in with my bat collection and cockatiel plush (handmade by thisthingyhasacharacterlimitof32! :D).
Not trying to toot my own horn— I’m sure this is speaks of the quality of the materials more than anything— but I’m surprised at how nice he came out after being dragged to hell and back! I expected some of his dirt and damage would be permanent, but as it turned out, he’s a resilient little dude. I’m also surprised at how rewarding this whole experience has been, all things considered. I would definitely consider “rescuing” other plushies from Goodwill, garage sales, and so on in the future. And I would definitely recommend it as a relaxing weekend hobby (:
If you’re not the crafty type, would you be interested in “adopting” a refurbished plush for the price of shipping? Do you know of any people or communities that do this sort of thing? I have a huge soft spot for both plush toys and animal rescues, so I’d be very interested to know (‘: Thanks!