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what is a reborn baby doll

what is a reborn baby doll

The birth process of silicone reborn baby dolls

A reborn doll is a doll that has been updated by an artist to transform it into a realistic looking human infant. The process is known as reborning and is very time-consuming and detailed work. Reborn dolls are typically repurposed from manufactured doll or part kits, with the artist painstakingly removing the original paints and finishes from the doll before beginning their own process of reborning the doll.Reborn dolls can be made from any manufactured, vinyl doll, but some are more desirable because of their already lifelike features. 

 The technique of reborning a play doll typically involves a number of steps. To begin use a blue color wash may be applied to give the appearance of realistic baby skin undertones.The outer layer of the vinyl doll is given its skin tone by adding dozens of layers of different paint tones to build up and achieve a realistic human skin effect. If heat set paints are used, the doll parts must be heat set by baking them inside an oven or by using a heatgun after each layer of paint is applied. The effects of the blue color wash combined with the outside layers of paint creates the appearance of veins, and layers of paint done with special sponges give the doll its newborn mottled look. Manicured nails and opening of the nose holes are other details that are added during this process.The next step is to apply hair. The hair can either be done in one of three ways; painting, wiggling or rooting/microrooting.When microrooting, hair is added individually strand by strand.This can take up to 30 or more hours per head.Once the hair is finished, the original vinyl body is weighted with a soft stuffed body filled with pellets/fine glass beads/fiberfill.The weight corresponds with its age to achieve a real effect.

What are reborn dolls used for?

Some consumers of reborn dolls use them to cope with their grief over a lost child (a memory reborn), or as a portrait doll of a grown child. Others collect reborns as they would regular dolls. These dolls are sometimes played with as if they are an infant.For those who don’t want to have a commitment, a doll baby is “better” than a real baby. A doll baby comes with zero responsibility. It is an interesting transitional object — similar to the blankie a child drags around, or the stuffed animal she keeps in her backpack. It signifies a connectedness to home and to mother. In this case, the transition is between the real or imagined child they lost and the fact that life no longer contains that baby for them. For some women, such a transitional object eases them into ways of finding more external methods of dealing with their needs of caretaking and loving a being who loves them back. It is the concretized fantasy of getting unconditional love.

Unlike with a real baby, a lifelike doll comes with no real-world mess — no diapers, no smells, no feeding, no crying. These babies, unlike real ones, do not grow up into toddlers. And as soon as the toddler toddles away, there’s a whole different psychic dynamic. You now have a creature growing, changing, moving toward independence. It will, clearly, need you less and less. Entwined with a doll baby is the knowledge it will never grow up, never leave you, never disappoint you, never say ‘I hate you!” It will never be a complex being unto itself. In that way, you, the “mother,” will never experience loss.

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In some ways, purchasing such a doll is similar to replacing a beloved deceased pet with a new pet, or even fostering a child.Like a baby, they are totally dependent. Unlike a baby, they stay that way. These are also ways of trying to cope with loss and undo the feelings of abandonment that come with it. It also relieves the mental trauma of life’s blows to a certain extent.

Why are they called reborn dolls?

When selecting a base doll, artists will seek out dolls that already have human expressions, features, and body shapes.There are several sizes for reborn dolls, ranging from “preemies,” or smaller dolls, to regular-sized dolls. A finished reborn doll can range from mere inches to the size of a small child.The term reborn applies specifically to these one-of-a-kind, transformed dolls, but has become increasingly common as a term for all realistic-looking baby dolls, regardless of if they are one-of-a-kind or mass manufactured.

How much is a reborn baby doll?

There are some reborn dolls have been manual hademade updated by artists to transform it into a realistic looking human infant. The process is known as reborning and is very time-consuming and detailed work. Because of the intense amount of labor and craftsmanship, these finished reborn dolls can be sold for hundreds or thousands of dollars.Of course, there are also many kind of mass-produced reborn dolls, which are cheaper to meet different needs of people, some even for a few tens of dollars.

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