Reborn Babies are distinctly…ah…surreal. Take one normal kind of baby doll and spend literally days painting the thing carefully to match the skin tones of a real baby, use specially weighted fillings to make it feel real, and then stitch in realistic hair. To top it off, find some cutesy little outfits which are suitably awwww….and bingo. They’re selling on eBay for anything up to £300/$600 and beyond, with or without a fake heartbeat. Wow! So how real are they? Er…very.
The process of reborning a doll is being able to create as realistic baby as possible. This is achieved by firstly buying or creating a doll mould to start the reborning process. It is then neccessary to begin colouring the dolls head, body and limbs through a variety of different techniques to give a very realistic human skin effect. This takes multiple layers of different paints to create mottled effects such as that of a newborn baby.
We also add veins and other methods to add that real lifelike quality effect. Our babies arrive to customers weighted and stuffed to feel very cuddly and similar to that of a baby. The arms, legs and head are also weighted to give each doll a comparable baby weight. For the doll to have realistic hair our prefered option is to root the head and eyelashes with high quality coloured mohair.