I'm very pleased to present Baby Promise. She is a beautiful new member of my Collector's Dolls family.
She has traditional doll hair rooting with a gorgeously microrooted hairline for the perfect, natural baby look. Her hair is thick and curly, boasting over an ounce of mohair on her tiny frame.
She's looking forward to going home soon!
For this Throw Back Thursday, I got the opportunity to work on a baby that I haven't touched for a long time!
This little sweetie, appropriately named Candy by Donna RuBert, just might be getting a new mommy and a new name!
Hope she likes how the hair is coming along!
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Once the painting is done, the babies are assembled and photographed to makes sure the painting is perfect. Everybody is looking good. Here's is Allen's Interim review. What a sweet little guy!
Before finalizing the painting, I decided to scrub off those lunulas and redo them with a different medium. (I can be a little OCD at times, but I'm much happier with how the nails look now.) Once all the nails were set, it was time for the gloss.
Air Dry Gloss Vanish looks and smells a lot like glue. I haven't tested its adhesive properties, so the jury is still out on whether or not it actually is glue. Whatever it is, after just a few coats of it, I have beautifully shiny nails, moist-looking lips, and even a little moisture in the nose. This is truly the last painting step. Time for interim reviews!
While Zachary was getting his shading and blushing, Allen was too. It's so convenient once the paints are all mixed. I'm really loving how rich his complexion is turning out!
Allen is my first African America baby based on Kate Charles' painting methodology. I'm always eager to learn something new.
To get a rich caramel brown complexion, I added five layers of Kate's recommended flesh tone blend. The next step is shading - which I did not understand at first. I thought the 3D nature of the dolls already casts enough shadows. But as I did it, I realized that its not about the shadows. You actually get an accumulation of pigment where brown skin folds (like in fat folds or creases of elbows). Now that I've tried shading, I'm never making another baby without it! Kate's changed my life. Loving how his little hands and feet are coming along...
Introducing ... Allen Hicks! This little guy is a portrait of one of my relatives created from Candy by Donna RuBert.
Even though it takes many hours to create a portrait doll from a photo, I actually have a lot of downtime during the painting stages. That is because I use Genesis Heat Set Paints - the current gold standard in reborning. Once the paint is applied, it takes time to dry. Once it is dry, I inspect the painting to make sure I like it before putting it in the oven to cure. The paint cures in about 8 -10 minutes. Then I need to let the doll cool before adding another layer of paint. So that I'm not literally "watching paint dry," I alternate between painting two dolls at once. That's where Mr. Hicks fits in. Here are his mottling layers, done while Zachary's mottling was being set and cured.
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Reborn Doll Artist
Hi! My name is Kim. I am a reborn artist based in NC. I have been creating dolls since I was a child. I discovered the art of life-like baby dolls in 2011 and have been reborning ever since.