Reborn Dolls – Helpful Tips
What is reborning? It is the art of transforming a plastic silicone or vinyl kit into a lifelike, realistic work of art that is usually mistaken for a real live baby. I stumbled across this addictive hobby through a friend of mine and when I laid my eyes on my first reborn, I was hooked. Reborn dolls have this effect on many women.
While some artists take many years to accomplish work they are happy with when embarking on making a baby, I was determined to achieve the results I was after in a quicker time period than this. My first reborn had to look real!
When I initially heard about reborns, I was very curious. Then when I saw one for the first time, I was hooked and I felt I just had to own one, and then make one myself. I spent many months, researching the art. I looked at many reborns, many kits, and studied all the different places I could purchase materials cheaper. I also wanted to find out the demand for certain kits, and whether postage costs from overseas were feasible, or if it was better to buy in Australia. I found Bountiful Baby (BB) in America, to be the best value for money of all the retailers I researched. The cost of kits, and parts are much cheaper, even with priority post fees on top. I then perused many pictures, and techniques, even purchasing several reborns myself to examine the artists work. I found Genesis heat set paints to be the most popular, so these are the ones I decided to use. Initially I purchased them from different reborn retailers, but then I found it much more advantageous to get them straight from the company in Perth. As I went along, I found other ways to buy materials at a more affordable cost.
Before I attempted my first reborn, I decided to have a bit of tuition. I examined the many articles on classes online, but they were all so expensive. I also noticed that after doing classes, the beginners first reborn baby doll, never looked very real. I was determined that mine would. So I continued my search and found a lovely lady whom I purchase my first reborn from, and she offered to give me a lesson. So it was arranged for me, and some other interested ladies to attend a lesson, free of charge at her home. I was very eager, as I loved the work she had done on my little baby. So very early one morning I travelled the two hours to her home, and we all reborned together until late in the day. What I learned that day was very valuable to my work. She showed me many techniques such as veining, mottling, how to do hair, and many other things that make for a very realistic reborn baby doll. Of course I could not finish the baby on the first day, as it is a very time consuming art. However, I received all the information I needed to finish my baby at home.
My first painting attempt was on an Ember sculpt by Tasha Edenholm which I purchased from BB. I was very happy with the result, and he was mistaken for a real baby immediately. Before long I decided to make my own quality bodies, from a material called doe suede.I have painted quite a few baby kits to achieve the results I am now, but I am very happy with what I am doing. I specialise in the AA, ethnic, and Aboriginal babies.
People are drawn to reborns for many reasons. Some like to make them, and experiment with art. While others would rather collect them. Some people do both. Losing a baby can be a very sad and traumatic experience, and some who may have experienced this, just like to have a little something to remind them of their lost love, and something to hold and cuddle. Ladies sometimes just like to have a baby made to resemble one of their children. This is called a custom order. Some people find them creepy while others just adore them. I am proud to say I am one of the latter. Sometimes the market is good, others times not so good. But I always think there will be a market for Reborns.