Reborn babies are hand crafted dolls to look like real, newborn babies. A reborn doll is a customized (vinyl) baby doll, artistically repainted and enhanced to look as realistic as a real human baby. They can be very expensive and prices range from 50 USD to several thousands.
Creating these reborn baby dolls is called, the process of reborning.
How to reborn a doll
Reborning has evolved significantly over the past years, as reborn atists have refined their painting methods, but also added lots of technical features, for example a simulator that simulates the heartbeat.
The last years, special reborn doll 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, reborn dolls come in every conceivable shape size and color - nowadays there are Caucasian, Asian and African American reborn dolls.
Creating reborn babies
The process of reborning' a normal vinyl doll usually involves these processes:
You have to take the (vinyl) doll apart & remove the paint.
Realistic baby skin tones are created by applying a color wash to the inside body parts of the doll.
Various techniques are used to paint the exterior, to add transparant skin tones & effects: "milk-spots", veins & blotching to resemble the skin of a real human newborn baby.
With rooting tools and felting needles you can apply eyelashes and hair which are usually made of the finest mohair.
A weighted body replaces the original vinyl body.
Once finished, the newborn reborn baby doll is no longer a child's toy...
Reborn dolls BBC documentary
How to make reborn dolls
If you want to start creating reborn dolls I suggest you look for a simple reborn kit to begin with.
Reborn artists & nurseries
Renowned reborn 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.