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Prevention checklist: Top of head opening large enough to set eyes or shoulder plate connector. Neck opening hole cut out. Shoulder plate hole matching head neck hole. Four holes to tie shoulder plate to body. Arm and leg holes cut out of the all porcelain body. Earring holes. Shoulder plate sides opened or trimmed the way you had planned. You don't always receive the parts with all the holes finished. And if you pour your own, only the pour holes will be open. I have at one time or another missed opening a hole listed here.