- How do you paint a reborn doll?
- How to root hair reborn doll
- How to choose the cloth for dolls?
Taking care of baby dolls is such a timeless way for our children to play. Watching your toddler feed, rock, and carry around another baby is the cutest thing. Every kid needs a baby doll, but they Tare especially helpful when your toddler is going to become a big brother or big sister. Another great reason for any child to have a baby doll is that nurturing play encourages life skills, like taking care of others; and we can model what that should look like with baby dolls. When you’re ready for making a baby doll that looks real it can be hard to find the best options, so we’ve created this list to help you out! Making a reborn doll kits for beginners is not as easy as it sounds. In fact, it takes a special degree of expertise to create a realistic-looking reborn baby. But, given enough time and practice, this is a skill that anyone can acquire to make life like reborn doll as per their own requirements and needs.
The process of making a reborn doll can be divided into the following parts: preparation and paint reborn doll,root the Hair;Choose the clothes for the reborn dolls and dress them up.
How do you paint a reborn doll?
How to apply base paint
Painting is arguably the single most important step to reborning a new reborn baby doll. Unfortunately, beginners and even experienced reborners alike oftentimes have difficulty when it comes to this step. Using the wrong type or color of paint can shift the appearance of your doll to being more artificial. In addition, applying the paint incorrectly may cause it to smear, streak, drip or leave other noticeable imperfections. The bottom line is that you must use caution and pay extra attention when you’re painting a reborn doll; otherwise, all of your hard work could be for nothing.
The choose of base paint
The instructions on how to paint your silicone reborn doll ultimately depends on what type of paint you choose to go with. Genesis heat-set or air-dry paints are the the best all-around choices for reborning. Some people may attempt to use traditional oil or acrylic-based paints, but these aren’t recommended. Acrylic paints tend to dry too fast, oftentimes setting before you are able to finish the job. On the other hand, oil paints can take well over 12 hours to fully dry. Thankfully, this isn’t a problem with Genesis heat-set paints because you are able to control exactly when you want to set it.
When choosing reborn doll paint, remember that you’ll need several different shades to create the most realistic effect possible. A lot of beginners fail to realize this and instead only use a single color on their doll. While this is fine for traditional toy dolls, reborns require several different shades to create an authentic life-like appearance.
The basic steps of painting reborn doll
Painting is arguably the single most important step to reborning a doll. Unfortunately, beginners and even experienced reborners alike oftentimes have difficulty when it comes to this step. Using the wrong type or color of paint can shift the appearance of your doll to being more artificial. In addition, applying the paint incorrectly may cause it to smear, streak, drip or leave other noticeable imperfections. The bottom line is that you must use caution and pay extra attention when you’re painting a reborn doll; otherwise, all of your hard work could be for nothing.
Step 1:Strip the factory sealer or color from the doll by wiping it down with nail polish remover and a lint-free cloth. Wash the doll parts in soapy water and let them dry.
Step 2:Develop the undertone for the skin color of the doll. Choose a light red, blue or purple dye and mix according to the manufacturer’s instructions. After you have mixed the dye, wash the interior of the doll’s head, arms, legs and torso with the dye color. This sets a pink, light purple or blue undertone to the skin. Rinse with warm water and set the pieces to dry on a paper towel.
Step 3:Paint veining onto the doll using various tints and shades of reds and blues as they would appear on a real baby. Let dry. This layer goes beneath the skin-tone colors.
Step 4:Mix the skin colors after the vinyl parts have dried. You can either use flesh-tone paints in the right skin color for the doll or mix your own for the base coat. To make your own flesh-tone colors, mix equal amounts of red, yellow and blue to form a brown; lighten with white until you achieve the desired color. Cover the entire doll with the skin color in a light coat, using a sponge to dab it on. Apply several light coats in varying tints and shades to achieve a realistic look.
Step 5:Create lighter tints and darker shades of the flesh colors to use in areas such as the creases at the elbows and knees. Add a light-colored rose-colored blush to the entire doll to create realism; don’t forget small imperfections such as milk spots or tiny pimples that newborn babies often have. Paint in these details.
Step 6:Apply lip color to the lips and nail polish to the fingers and toenails. The idea is to use a natural-looking color rather than a color that makes the nails look professionally done.
Step 7:Paint the iris color on the eyes, and add black for a pupil if the eyes are open. If the doll’s eyes aren’t open, use a fine eyeliner brush to add lashes. After all the paint has dried, apply a sealant clear coat and let dry. After the topcoat has dried, assemble the individual pieces and clothe the doll in a onesie or other suitable infant outfit.
How to root hair reborn doll
Step 1: Prepare the scalp
Before rooting one of your vinyl dolls, remove the hair paint first. You can use paint stripper to remove the paint. You know, the kind that stings your hands and you must use gloves to work with it. I’ve tried a couple of different brands, the liquid kind, and they remove the hair paint quickly and easily without any damage to the vinyl at all. However, to be CAUTIOUS you should test a small area of the vinyl first to make sure that the stripper you use will not harm the vinyl.
Some people use nail polish remover to remove the paint, but I’ve heard frequent complaints that the nail polish remover gums up the paint and doesn’t work very well. Stripper is faster, easier and cleans up quickly.
Step 2: Modle scalp
I’ve heard that some of the reborn artists also remove the molded hair lines before rooting. I believe this is done with sandpaper. Vinyl can be sanded, but be careful not to sand anything except where the rooted hair will be or you might have problems blushing the doll in spots that have been sanded. Sanding the head is not necessary, that is personal preference.
Originally, the reborn artists drilled small holes in the doll’s head, in preparation for rooting the hair – but this method was very quickly abandoned when they began experimenting with Felting Needles. You can poke the felting needles into the doll’s head directly. This is the most popular method because it is so natural looking. And, it’s not hard to do. The reborners tell me that once they get the hang of it, they don’t break the needles very often either. It helps to WARM the vinyl while you are rooting the head. Some ladies put a beanbag full of dry rice inside the head: you can microwave the rice bag for a few seconds until it’s nice and hot and then stick it inside the head. Or, some ladies use a low watt lightbulb inside the head. Or, there’s always the handy hairdryer to warm it with.
Step 3: Root hair
pokes the needles directly into the vinyl head:do not drill holes first.
The needle goes through the head easily and the mark it makes can hardly be seen. It would probably work very well for rooting eyebrows but I haven’t tried that yet.use felting needles and they work just great without making holes in the vinyl. You will get a more natural look without holes also, and it is so much easier to do without the holes.Some people have success with short 2 inch pieces of mohair but I like to use mine about 5-6 inches long and then I trim the hair when I’m finished with the head.
Select a one inch wide hunk of your mohair. Plunge the needle in at an upward angle over and over again about 20 times. Push the needle in the direction that the hair will lie on the head. Then peel back the hair. A whole bunch of hair will be rooted into the vinyl scalp. If you get too much in one hole, just pull some of it out. I prefer a wispy look with only a few hairs in each hole.
You will see that your original inch of hair will get smaller, so just keep adding more hair to your hunk that you are using to root. Keep doing that all around the head until you finish. You can put more in where you see you may need it.
Around the crown area the vinyl is thicker, so if you heat it with a hair dryer or embossing tool, you won’t break needles in that area. After you get the hang of it, you won’t break as many needles. The last head I did, I broke only one needle.
Leave the hair alone for several hours. The vinyl will close itself around the hair and after a few days, its pretty much impossible for the hair to come loose on it’s own.
How to choose the cloth for dolls?
Clothes are as important to humans as they are to reborns. As such, it is worthy to note that choosing clothes for your cute little angels can be tricky sometimes especially for first time reborn parents. However, it is preferable that, before you go out in search of reborn clothes; remember to think of the following: safety, function, and convenience. Acquiring clothes with such characteristics for your reborns is key and of course, stress-free. With that in mind, enclosed below are some tips on how to choose clothes for your reborn dolls.
Avoid tight-fitting clothes
The first thing you need to consider for choosing reborn baby doll clothes is fitting. Never try to force the clothing on your delicate and soft baby doll. You should avoid very tight clothes which are hard and difficult to put on. It is really not a good idea to put on a very tight outfit on your baby.
Tight reborn baby clothes will restrict the mobility of your baby and your baby doll will appear oppressed in small and tight clothes. Putting on tight silicone baby doll clothes will put pressure on limbs of your dolls and is likely for them to come off and or even in some severe cases tearing off your doll limbs.
Be careful while using dark clothes
If you are using dark color reborn doll clothes, you need to be very careful about it, as there are chances that dark colors can come off some dye. It is recommended that you should first wash dark color clothes and dries them properly. After that, you need to do a rub test in which you need to take a piece of white paper and rub it against dark colored reborn baby clothes.
Check for the color on paper, if there is some leak on white paper it means it can lose color on your soft vinyl baby doll. It would be really bad for you to have dirty, unrealistic colorful spots on random places at the body of your beloved baby doll.
Choose the right Size of reborn baby doll clothes
The most important thing about reborn baby doll clothes is the accurate size. It is usually hard for people to know that what is right clothe size for their reborn dolls. The too tight dress is hard to put on and dangerous for reborn baby’s delicate body. Too lose and oversize clothes will ruin the whole personality of your cute reborn doll. For your assistance here are the reference sizes while choosing clothes for reborn baby dolls. The pound is the weight of a real baby, not a doll.
As the human preemie has size up to 17 inches and weight up to 5 lb, so the clothes for reborn baby dolls below 17 inches i.e. 10 to 16 inches baby doll would be customized.
The 18-20 inches newborn baby doll will wear the size of newborn real baby clothes or 5 to 8 lb baby.
The 22 inches reborn doll will wear the clothes size of 3 months old baby.
The 24 inches reborn doll will wear the clothes size of 6 months old baby.
The 28 inches reborn doll will wear the clothes size of 12 months or 1-year-old baby.
Considering this guide in mind, you will be able to choose the best-fit cloth for your reborn baby doll. You can also find the proper and right clothes from some baby stores.