Reborn dolls are hand crafted, customized baby dolls, artistically enhanced to look as realistic as a real baby. They can be cheap to very expensive. Prices range from 50 USD to several thousands.
Creating these lifelike baby dolls is called, the process of reborning.
Reborning has evolved significantly over the past years. Artists have refined their painting methods, and added lots of technical features. For example a simulator that simulates the heartbeat.
The last years, special reborn kits are for sale, and battery powered extras are seen such a mechanism to simulate the movements of breathing of a sleeping baby.
Just like human babies, these dolls come in every conceivable shape size and color. Nowadays there are Caucasian, Asian and African American reborn dolls.
The process of reborning' a normal vinyl doll usually involves these steps:
If you want to start creating reborn baby dolls I suggest you look for a simple reborn kit to begin with.
Famous Reborn Dolls Artists are: Elly Knoops, Adrie Stoete, Sheila Michael, Denise Farmer, Helen Jalland, Kim van de Wetering, Reva Schick, Marissa May, Comfy Clouds Nursery, Eva Helland, Rachel Tams, Sam Norman, Samantha Leslie, Sanne Sabilla, Tinkerbell Nursery, Lisa Holm (Lisa's Stork Nest), Vikki Ebberling, Sebilla Bos.
What's it worth? Take a look at this Reborn Dolls price guide: sold listings for a value indication.