Reborn dolls are fairly new to the doll world.
Most reborn artists have been creating them for
about 5 or 6 years.
I first noticed reborn dolls several years ago
and was impressed with the realism achieved.
In the beginning reborn dolls were created from
existing baby dolls that were taken apart and
completely re-created. The process begins with the
basic vinyl or silicone dolls being carefully
taken apart and cleaned. All factory finishes,
moulded hair lines, existing hair and eyelashes
are carefully removed. The original eyes are
replaced with top quality "Eyeco" or
The picture above shows a Berenguer Angel Face doll just
as it comes out of the box
This picture shows the same doll transformed into a
realistic appearing baby girl. Check
for more pictures.
At first, the vinyl was painted by using a dye
on the inside of the vinyl. The problem with
that is that often times the dye soaked into the
vinyl after time and it lost the original
desired coloring. Artists also experimented with
acrylic colors but they were not very durable.
So, the art evolved into using oil colors, which
also sometimes soaked into the vinyl and changed
the coloring. In time most artists began using
the heat set oil colors that offer permanent
coloring and don’t soak into the vinyl. This is
my choice of coloring and it works beautifully.
It is non-toxic and permanent so the reborn baby
will retain the beautiful natural coloring that
is desired for realism. The paint looks most
natural if it is applied in very thin layers and
heated between each application.
Currently most reborn babies are created
from blank vinyl kits that are designed for the
reborn artist by some truly amazing sculptors.
This picture shows a Fleur sculpt done by Sheila Michael
The completed doll from the Fleur sculpt and you can see some
additional pictures here
Reborn dolls usually have micro rooted
hair. The art of micro rooting hair takes much
practice and patience. Realistic hair requires a
tiny felting needle and top quality angora
mohair. Most of the angora mohair is sold
already permanently dyed and ready to root. The
hair is rooted using just a few strands of
mohair at time and the look is absolutely
perfect and so realistic!!
No two reborn dolls are ever
alike. There are also many different Reborn
Artists, and each one has her own way of
doing things. An Artist will use the techniques
that bring about the most lifelike "Baby" to
them, with many hours of individual attention
going into each one.