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Month: April 2010

What are life like reborn dolls?

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Reborn dolls are typical dolls that have been dismantled. This involves taking off the limbs (arms, legs and head) and taking all the stuffing out of the body. A typical doll that is used are berenguer dolls which are considered ideal due to the faces and proportions they come in. Each limb is stripped of any factory conditioning such as paint, hair and unwanted plastic. They are then rebuilt by the artist who aims to get them to look as real as possible. There are many processes involved to do this and it can take quite a while to complete. While painting any of the limbs, it may involve adding multiple layers of paint or color, and additional styling on top for skin blemishes and veins. Of course, each of the limbs needs to be done in a similar style so it can take quite a lot of work to achieve this. The head also requires a lot of work other than painting since the eyelashes and hair must be added. While you can use a wig to do this, many consider microrooting mohair to look better and give more realistic results. Many artists sell their creations on ebay where there is a growing market for them. However, the price can vary considerably with some dolls fecthing up to $100 and others going well past the $2000 mark. If you are looking at buying a reborn doll then be sure to look at the pictures of the doll as well as the price! They are sometimes referred to by other names, although ultimatly it means the same. For example, ‘living dolls’, ‘unliving dolls’, ‘reborn babies’ or just simply ‘reborns’ are alternative names for them. The reborning process has been around for a few years but it is still quite new and always changing. As the popularity grows and more and more artists try it out, new methods are being refined which makes it quicker and easier. Since there is no definitive way to do it, many people have developed their own techniques from start to finish. This is good for the community since it means there are many, many different ways to get the same results. However, it also means spending quite a lot on varied art supplies and equipment in order to make a reborn. For example, brushes, paints, Qtips, mohair, and of course the doll you will be reborning are only just the start of what you require. They are not to everyones liking however and seem to split opinion from person to person. Some seem to find reborn dolls cute and adorable, whereas others find the thought of them weird and creepy. Each to their own really, but this has to be praise for the artists talents to get them looking so real.

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Reborn dolls are typical dolls that have been dismantled. This involves taking off the limbs (arms, legs and head) and taking all the stuffing out of the body. A typical doll that is used are berenguer dolls which are considered ideal due to the faces and proportions they come in.

Each limb is stripped of any factory conditioning such as paint, hair and unwanted plastic. They are then rebuilt by the artist who aims to get them to look as real as possible. There are many processes involved to do this and it can take quite a while to complete. While painting any of the limbs, it may involve adding multiple layers of paint or color, and additional styling on top for skin blemishes and veins. Of course, each of the limbs needs to be done in a similar style so it can take quite a lot of work to achieve this. The head also requires a lot of work other than painting since the eyelashes and hair must be added. While you can use a wig to do this, many consider microrooting mohair to look better and give more realistic results.

Many artists sell their creations on ebay where there is a growing market for them. However, the price can vary considerably with some dolls fecthing up to $100 and others going well past the $2000 mark. If you are looking at buying a reborn doll then be sure to look at the pictures of the doll as well as the price!

They are sometimes referred to by other names, although ultimatly it means the same. For example, ‘living dolls’, ‘unliving dolls’, ‘reborn babies’ or just simply ‘reborns’ are alternative names for them.

The reborning process has been around for a few years but it is still quite new and always changing. As the popularity grows and more and more artists try it out, new methods are being refined which makes it quicker and easier. Since there is no definitive way to do it, many people have developed their own techniques from start to finish. This is good for the community since it means there are many, many different ways to get the same results. However, it also means spending quite a lot on varied art supplies and equipment in order to make a reborn. For example, brushes, paints, Qtips, mohair, and of course the doll you will be reborning are only just the start of what you require.

They are not to everyones liking however and seem to split opinion from person to person. Some seem to find reborn dolls cute and adorable, whereas others find the thought of them weird and creepy. Each to their own really, but this has to be praise for the artists talents to get them looking so real.

Reborn dolls are a growing internet phenomenon and are a hot topic of discussion in a lot of countries. You can find out more about these lifelike baby dolls by clicking this link.



Reborn Baby Doll Pic Show by Nikki Holland – 4

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This picture show features dolls made by Nikki Holland during 2009 and early 2010. Some are Custom Order Dolls made specially for their new mommy. To receive a free quote to have a reborn baby doll made specially for you…..visit our website. www.stillmomentsnursery.com



Things to consider when buying a reborn doll

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Reborn dolls are a delight for many people and can be an exciting experience to the entire family. This is the main reason why these dolls are selling like hot cakes in all countries and gain more and more exposure by the day.

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The price of the custom doll largely depends on the size and quality of the finished doll. Often a Berengeur doll is taken as the base shape and completely dismantled before being remade as life like as possible and this process is getting noticed by famous people as well as ordinary people.

The skill of the artist is another important factor when determining the price. If you want a custom doll made you should expect to pay more than you would for a generic reborn doll.

Different types and sizes of reborns are available from all over the world. Recently, many people have turned to filling the void in availability of ethnic reborn dolls. You can reborn dolls displaying various emotions including sleeping, smiling, crying and many more.

The main difference between the reborn babies and other dolls is their similarity with real babies. No one can easily find any difference in the appearance, size, open nostrils, fingers, nails, or eyes, between a lifelike doll and an original baby. Even weight of the baby is same to that of original baby. Usually, the dress of the dolls is right with the current trend with all baby outfits. There has even been cases where policeman have mistaken a reborn for the real thing.

For a more realistic appearance you can even get your reborn baby with a heart beat, breathing ability and body movements. Of course, these features bump up the price even more and a lot of newer artists wont touch such features until later on in their career. There is plenty to master in the reborn process without these advanced features.

When looking for a reborn doll, you should first consider what style of baby you are after – the sex, age and emotion certainly helps to narrow it down. After that, it is only a case of finding the right style of face before you buy.

I am an expert at making reborn dolls which includes making them and finding supplies. Premium reborn dolls can be more expensive but are also a lot better in quality.



The Art Of Reborn Dolls

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More and more doll collectors are embracing a market that produces realistic baby dolls. The creativity and hard work necessary to produce the lifelike figures has been named “creating reborn dolls. ” This article takes a look at this popular trend, explores its popularity, and suggests some pros and cons.

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A review of doll history indicates that the Berenguer and Preemie dolls were the forerunners of this current trend. These dolls were the first of their kind to closely resemble human babies with their realistic expressions, body shapes, materials used on the outer surfaces, and other lifelike attributes. Once the desire for realism was sparked, doll artists began to experiment with laborious processes to eliminate artificial appearances. Discoveries of new artistic techniques resulted in more realistic enhancements for reborn dolls.

The concept of “reborning” is simple; however, it is a painstaking process that starts with a soft vinyl doll that can come apart. It is then stuffed for realistic weight and painted for lifelike tinting. All features of the dolls are chosen by the creator. There are many choices to make when creating realistic baby dolls: the color and texture of the hair that is individually hand rooted; the color of the eyes; the shape of the mouth; the shape of the face and facial features.

The process begins with purchasing a soft vinyl baby doll with the features you want. Kits to “reborn” dolls are also available to purchase. A good starter kit can be purchased for around $30, and an advanced kit upwards of $150. Berenguer reborning kits are the most basic. They come unassembled and simple. You will actually start by sculpting your own baby’s face yourself. Middleton Dolls, as well, offers unassembled realistic baby doll kits with the baby’s face already sculpted for painting. These faces are sculpts created by two well-known artists, Reva Schick and Eva Helland.

One advantage of creating realistic baby dolls is that reborn dolls are individually handmade and therefore, very unique. It is a work of art that when finished is truly your own original creation. It can be a very personally satisfying experience. “Reborning” may also be a way to represent a memory of a child by recreating a baby that stays forever young and doesn’t grow up. It may replace a child that was lost. Another rewarding aspect of the “reborning” process is purchasing clothes for the baby, or making them yourself. Creating original clothes adds to the uniqueness of the dolls.

While some doll lovers enjoy the realism this new technique offers, many are turned off by the idea. For some, creating realistic baby dolls to represent children, or to replace a child that was lost isn’t desirable. Too much realism by adding a built in beating heart or a breathing mechanism is going too far for some doll lovers’ comfort.

Although creating reborn dolls is a craft that anyone can do, it can be very time consuming. It takes a lot of patience and practice to perfect the technique to produce a realistic baby doll. A disadvantage of the craft for some may be that the process is too time consuming and laborious. That alone is a good reason to pay a good price for well crafted original “reborn” dolls, made by artists who enjoy the rewards of the laborious process.

The debate about how “real” realistic baby dolls must be in order to be enjoyed may be related to the age old question, “What is the purpose of art?” Do dolls need to be realistic to be enjoyed, or is it possible to use artistic license to create dolls that transcend reality, and are enjoyed for their aesthetically pleasing qualities?

Whatever one decides about the appeal of “reborning,” it is a trend that has caught on and is very popular. It is a trend that adds creativity and variety to the doll world, and as indicated by its popularity, it is making an impression on the world of dolls and doll history.

Jeanine SG, Webmaster, Special Dolls Online.


Dressing up your reborn doll

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Reborn doll clothes are available in many different sizes and styles, and when you put clothes on your reborn doll it will be much the same as fitting any other doll or a real baby in fact. Instead of rushing out and purchasing lots of mismatched clothes though you should take a second to decide exactly how you want to dress your reborn doll, for example what size clothes you will need that actually fit, and how much money you are willing to invest.

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Clothes for Reborn baby dolls are usually quite cheap, but without some care and consideration it is all too easy to keep getting more and more items resulting in a large bill, simply because you have gone overboard. If you can decide what you need before you commence shopping you should be able to avoid this pitfall and can then focus more at looking at the huge selection of doll attire.

If you need to get quite a few items, then keep an eye open for clothing sets. These tend to contain hats and booties, and will usually be matching colors or patterns. It also means you don’t have to hunt around for these accessories afterwards.

It is important that you do not buy clothes that are too small. When you try to put them on the reborn, it is likely you will break some of the more delicate parts if you need to apply too much force. As reborn dolls are collectibles, it would be a shame to throw all that money down the drain for something that is easy to avoid.

There are a lot of clothing items available that have been made by various crafters for babies and dolls, using crochet and knitting. More often than not they will come with size guides or recommended age groups which are perfect for getting the correct sizes you need. As they have been made by hand the whole set is usually available which means you wont need to shop from several different places to get them to match. If you still can’t find what you are looking for most makers will also take requests although you may have to pay a little more for this.

Many reborners kit out their doll with the clothes and protect them in a showcase of cabinet which protects from dust. Obviously, this will take longer to get exactly the right outfit you are after, but you needn’t lock it away if you don’t want too. More importantly, be sure to have fun while doing so, you shouldn’t think one of the more entertaining aspects of owning a reborn doll is a chore.

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Reborn Dolls and Kits for Collectors

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Definitely a new hobby of creating reborn dolls is not for just any crafter or collector. But reborn dolls are making the scene throughout the earth. Although the craft of crafting dolls has been around for many generations, creating OoAK reborn dolls has evolved to highly tuned proportions over the past nine generations. Artists creating dolls have studiously refined painting techniques to create more realism.

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They don’t stop at the beauty on the outside either, by including technical advancement elements such as a heartbeat simulator, these creations are truly life-like. To restate, reborn dolls aren’t for everyone. To the uninitiated this is a  strange obsession, but to the collectors who appreciate these creations, the act of  making and owning these works of art provide an unique pleasure. Although not everyone will love reborning, many can get started in the  technique with a cheap purchase of a reborn doll kit. From the most basic and tiniest premature reborn doll kits to the napping toddler, you can add the enhancements as your needs develop. As touched upon earlier this could be a heartbeat simulator or a battery powered breathing add-on. Imagine a visitor’s surprise when they see a sleeping, breathing baby in a crib that has a real heartbeat{!}Before we dive into a discussion on creating these dolls (from kits or scratch), let’s talk a little more about the finished product. The term reborn doll refers to a factory made baby that has been customized. The process of  customization is to repaint and enhance the baby so that it resembles a human. As such, creating is called reborning. Every doll is as personable as the artist who created it. Each has elements of beauty  and artistry just like human babies. They come in every shape, length, and color imaginable today. You can purchase kits or create Caucasian, African American, Asian and East Indian dolls from a variety of shops – online or off. Currently selling or vintage dolls used for reborning have been stripped of their factory finishing touches before being made over into a lifelike baby. If you visit  http://www. angelsupply. com/reborn-dolls you will find hundreds of finished  reborns to get an idea of this specialty craft. Some of these are so realistic they make passersby do a double take. In fact it was told that in Australia last year, police officers broke in through a car window parked on the road to assist an unconscious baby from a locked vehicle. The baby retrieved was a reborn doll. The same happened in America in 2009. Before you start thinking that the police in either country weren’t too aware you’ll have to see some of these creations. From their skin tone to their micro- rooted hair (done with special tools and techniques), a perfectly proportioned and weighted body, these babies not only look and feel real they also breathe. From a true work of art to a starter’s kit, reborning baby dolls could be a  lucrative hobby for many home crafters. In fact there are now many famous artists  in this industry who sell their creations for thousands of dollars. However, should you choose to just keep this as a hobby you’ll want to enter slowly into the hobby and investigate the many hand tools, make up paint and embelishments available on the marketplace. Those who buy Ooak, handmade reborn dolls are not only collectors. The market reports that these dolls are owned singly by women who yearn for a child of their own, or men and women who have lost a child and need a small helper to get through the worst of days. These babies’ chests rise and fall with every breath and when held closely emit a subtle heartbeat. What other embellishments are available to make these dolls seem more true to life?  Consider a reborn with a heating pack to maintain an internal temperature of  98. 6F. Or a preemie including an incubator and an oxygen nasal tube. Popular smells are also available in sweet milk and baby powder type.

Katrina (aka Katy Doll) Stephens is a long time crafting enthusiast who enjoys making one of a kind Reborn Dolls. She shares her experiences with doll creation and collection atwww.AngelSupply.com



Reborn Baby Doll Pic Show by Nikki Holland – 3

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My Reborn Baby Doll Reagan

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Okay, so after waiting and waiting and waiting some more, I FINALLY got her!! She’s so cute and I just love her to death. Anyway, so this is Reagan. No hater comments please. I really won’t even pay attention to you! lol bye