How to tighten a ball jointed head?
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How to tighten a ball jointed head?

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I have a figure with a ball joint at the neck, and I have a head that I want to put onto the body, but the whole in the head is bigger than the joint on the neck so the head just falls off. I have some expoxy putty and was thinking about filling in the whole in the figures head with a tiny bit of putty, then Id put the head on the neck joint while the putty is still soft and then ill take the head off and let the putty in the neck whole dry and harden, all in the hopes that when I put the head back on it will fit. Will this work?
Are there any better or easier ways to go about doing this?

Posted by Zofnok
on Tuesday, August 2, 2011
User Comments
Darththomas -
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Jus leave the glue to dry before you attach the head then drill a new hole right where you want the peg to go in. You can widen the hole to make them removable. It may take a few times of trying but it will work.
Zofnok -
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
The glue works, but it limits the articulation, well that was my fault, but when I would spin the head around the glue would move in funny ways, which caused the figures head to sit the wrong way. The head also needs to come off easily because the figure has interchangable heads, but when I go to pop the head off most of the glue comes up with the head, and if I let the glue dry and then try to take the head off then I end up with a stuck head ( which I have) I have to boil the figure to loosen to glue because the head got stuck after a few tries of trying to put the thing on. Is the another way to go about doing it? The epoxy putty is looking even more appealing to me now.
Zofnok -
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
/okay guys, thanks for the great advice, but the glue gun didn't do the job. Its a good idea, but when I put the glue in the figures head and spin the head around so that it can have some articulation, the glue moves around in weird positions and makes the head slant or lean in some weird way. The figures head also need to be easily removable, because this is a dbz custom and the figure has 3 heads, so they need to be able to pop off. But ever time I pull off a head the glue comes out, the glue is just too unstable.
Incom -
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
I agree, hot glue is perfect for this. I've used it numerous times with placing SW heads on G.I. Joe bodies.

What you do is fill the socket of the head with a dot of hot glue, place the head on the peg quickly and turn the head slowly around till the glue sets. You can also dip the attached head in a cup of cold water. After that, cut away any excess glue and you're all good!
Darththomas -
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Not sure if you'd still be able to attach the head if you used putty, the putty is hard and would not "give" in order for you to get the peg back in. Hot glue works great, I've used it a few times, simply fill in the hole with hot glue, leave to dry then drill your new hole into the hot glue.
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