Back to the monkey:
I let the poor monkey lie around for a few days, all the while pondering how best to restore him. I like him a whole lot better in his blue and white striped suit than the fur that I had removed. I could almost picture him with a bright yellow pair of overalls... but the very worn material and the huge gaping hole in the arm really had me worried.
I considered trying to find material to make a new body, I even thought about new material for the head and arm, but I really just wanted him to stay the way he was originally made - so that meant fixing what was wrong.
First he needed to have his rubber or vinyl parts cleaned - so we had a spa day. Good old plain soap and water and a little Magic Eraser worked wonders on his face - although there is still a marker mark on his chin. No amount of scrubbing is taking that off - so he will have that scar to keep.
A bath for him, and a day spent hanging around the yard to dry.
The bad arm is off, and he's looking mighty clean!
Feeling pretty happy, all things considered... and a bit of fun with a photo shoot as well:
Well that was fun! But now the hard work begins... fixing what is broken and missing so he can be put back together...
Wish me luck!