Reborn baby dolls - are vinyl baby dolls you take apart and remove all the
factory paint from. The vinyl parts are then put in a bath, and when
they are absolutely dry, you can start painting.
Newborn baby dolls – are unassembled vinyl dolls which come unpainted and
in separate parts, therefore they are ready to be painted.
However, I think that the word “Reborn baby doll” is the most common
term for both.
I use Genesis Heat Set paints which are non-toxic
and are permanent when baked in the oven.
You can’t rub it off and it won’t fade.
You can even gently wash the painted vinyl.
The paints are applied in very thin layers between each baking in the
oven. When I’m sathisfied with how the skin looks, I start to root the
hair and eyelashes and this is very time consuming, as I apply one to
two hairs at a time with a very thin rooting needle. It takes hours
and hours! When I’m done I seal the hair from inside. The hair can
then be styled using a baby brush, baby comb or your fingers. Also you
can dampen the hair and then style it.
If it is an "awake doll" I insert new eyes into it.
Both the vinyl parts and the cloth body are weighted with poly
pellets, little glass beads, soft granules (mimicking baby fat) and
fiberfill. The limbs are then sealed after which I assemble them to
the cloth body.
I don't use sand in my dolls.
Reborn baby dolls are delicately crafted and are not suitable for
children to play with.
Reborn baby dolls should be handled with care like real babies – in
that way your reborn baby doll will become an heirloom.