What is Reborning?......
Most artists buy reborning doll kits that come as a totally blank canvas that is ready to paint.
This is sometimes also referred to as 'Newborning'...
The kits are then given their very first Johnson's baby bath to remove any trace of dust and so that they even smell like a newborn baby.
The vinyl is then painted in several layers to create the lifelike skin tones of a real baby. This stage can take several days and requires a great deal of patience . Subtle, tiny veins, blue undertones and broken capillaries are added; delicate barely -there eyebrows are painted and even milk spots (milia), if required.
I mix my own unique blend of Genesis Heat Set Paints which, if correctly applied, can create the most amazing skin tones. These paints are heat set after each layer so that they will not fade or chip over time.
Every baby I create is totally unique as I couldn't possibly mix the same paints twice.
No part of my babies are overlooked. Special consideration is also given to the fingernails and toenails; one of the first things that a new Mummy does is count all the fingers and toes! These are very carefully detailed , tipped and finished with a subtle sheen.
Sometimes the nostrils are very carefully opened, smoothed and backed with felt to create depth and realism; or left intact and shaded with genesis paints to create the illusion of depth.
The eyelashes are hand rooted in sleeping babies and sealed at the back to prevent them coming loose, or for open eyed babies I would apply delicate eyelashes.
The hair rooting process is the next stage. Rooting hair adds an incredible level of realism to the babies. This is where thousands of hair follicles are inserted into the scalp using the tiniest of rooting needles. The best quality mohair is used which resembles a real baby's hair and it is rooted in the direction of natural hair growth. This is then sealed inside the head with a waterproof glue so that the hair can be then gently moistened, combed and styled.
I sometimes choose to paint a baby's hair instead of rooting. This can look just as realistic and takes no aftercare either!
Magnets can then be inserted into the baby's head if a magnetic dummy (paci) is required or a magnetic hair bow.
The baby is then assembled using a quality faux suede or cloth jointed body and a variety of the finest quality filling available to create the perfect weight and feel of a real baby.
I use ultrafine glass granules and the best virgin fibre for weighting the limbs. A pouch of steel shot and virgin fibre are placed inside the head to make the head gently 'flop', just as a newborn baby's would, and the cloth body is filled with 'baby fat' and virgin fibre for that extra soft / cuddly feel, along with a pouch of steel shot. I never use sand in my babies ; they can travel anywhere in the world.
The baby is then dressed in the most gorgeous outfit (not forgetting his/her nappy!) ready for meeting his/her new Mummy .........
Here is the Ariella kit by Reva Schick before I did any work on it and the next picture is how she looked after I had reborn her......
The next pictures show the before and after transformation of the Rebecca sculpt...