Category Archives: How to Make Reborn Dolls

How to Create your Own Reborn Birth Certificate

Have you always wanted a birth certificate for your reborn doll but didn’t know how to get one? Are you looking for a unique customized birth certificate for your reborn? Or do you need a birth certificate to give up your reborn doll for adoption! In this article we will show you how to create … Continue reading

Reborn Doll Parts – Why, Where and How to Buy

The “Reborn Doll” phenomenon took flight in the 90s as a method of making dolls seem true-to-life. The process of Reborning a doll, in a nutshell, involves stripping factory-made dolls down to their basics, and then re-painting them, fixing hair, stuffing, weighing etc. When Reborning became popular, kits and doll parts for Reborning dolls became … Continue reading

Different Reborn Nursery Doll Bodies

A major part of making your own reborn doll is deciding on an appropriate doll body. Now if you bought a kit, then you will already have everything you need at hand. But if you’re creating your doll from scratch, you will have to purchase the body separately as you can’t possibly use that of … Continue reading

Step 14: Completing the Doll and Reborn Clothing

Once you have weighted the doll, it is time to attach the arms and head back to the body to finish the whole thing up. And when we’ll be done with this too, we will see how to dress your baby with some custom reborn clothing. What You Will Need For this step, the list … Continue reading

Step 13: Weighting the Doll Parts

Having completed the painting and curing of the individual doll parts (as well as adding on the eye lashes and hair), it is time to weight the doll before you can sew it all back together. To do this, you will need a mean to control the mass with precision. There are two ways to … Continue reading

Step 12: Rooting the Hair

The final step before you can start accessorizing and decking your baby doll up is to root the mohair. Now, there are plenty of terms used in this respect such as micro-rooting, power rooting, etc. When you use 38 gauge or less felt needles for the rooting process, it automatically becomes micro-rooting. On the other … Continue reading

Step 11: Painting the Lips

With the nails done, there are only a couple of things left to do to make your reborn doll perfect. The lips and the hair will complete your newborn baby dolls, but painting the lips is not as easy as it sounds. Just as nails needed special attention in demarcating the lines and giving the … Continue reading

Step 10: Painting the Nails

Now that you have applied the base paint and additional layers with veins and capillaries, the doll kit will already resemble a real baby but there are some minor aspects that still need to be addressed. One important part in making real life dolls is the nails. Painting nails might seem innocuous enough but it … Continue reading

Step 9: Creating Veins

Having done the capillaries, it’s time to recreate realistic veins for your lifelike dolls. Veins stand out much more clearly on a baby’s skin than on a kid’s or grown up’s as the skin has yet to develop further layers. Moreover, they are unnaturally bluish in color. So, you will be targeting small distinct veins … Continue reading

Step 8: Painting the Capillaries

Once the crevices are painted and before you begin adding the veins, you need to create the capillaries on the baby’s face and elsewhere. This is what separates cheap reborn baby dolls from babies that will look truly realistic. While many reborners tend to skip out on this step, it’s a necessary requirement if you … Continue reading

Step 7: Mottling for Actual Baby Skin

Mottling in babies is a common occurrence. This is actually the sudden appearance of botches or marble like pink patterns on the skin that gives the region an uneven texture. Biologically, it happens due to the baby’s sympathetic nervous system which is not yet fully regulated, causing the skin to receive unequal blood flow. After … Continue reading

Step 6: Painting the Creases

In Step 5, we discussed the painting process for the doll as a whole. When painting the doll body and its various parts, we did not give any attention to the creases of the doll face, arms or legs. In Step 6, we will remedy the situation by taking care of all those tricky parts … Continue reading

Painting African American Reborn Dolls

Painting African American reborn dolls will require the same process as Asian or Caucasian dolls but, due to the dark color of the skin, the number of layers or coats you will have to apply here will be far greater. With lighter skinned dolls, you can actually make do with just two to three layers … Continue reading

Step 5: Applying the Paint Layers

The process of applying the paint layers is similar to that of using the Genesis Heat Set paints to neutralize the pink of factory dolls. However, there are subtle differences because, now, you want the texture to stand out alongside the color. What many reborn artists fail to understand is that texture is not all … Continue reading

Step 4: Preparing the Flesh Coats

OK, so now that you have completed step 3 and have neutralized the pink or orange color of your washed and dried doll parts, it is time to start applying the flesh coats. Now, before we begin, I want to warn you: compared to what you’ve done so far, this is the hardest part. This … Continue reading

Neutralizing Your Real Life Baby Dolls with GHP

In the last article, we’ve seen one way to achieve the neutralization process, with Air Dry paints from Real Effect. Today, we will look at another option that you have and which is to use your regular Genesis Heat paints. As, contrary to the former, Genesis paints do not automatically dry at the contact of the air, … Continue reading

Neutralizing Your Custom Reborn Dolls with Air Dry Paints

Having removed the layer of paints using your favorite paint stripper, you will find the doll too pinkish/orange in color. Now, you have to reduce that texture before anything else. The way to achieve this involves applying a layer of green or turquoise paint, depending on what you use. In this article, instead of the … Continue reading