<![CDATA[Custom Doll Baby - In Progress]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 08:27:58 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Freshly Washed & Trimmed]]>Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/freshly-washed-trimmed
I won't butter it up: mohair is not fun to wash.  Especailly with as much hair as Soniyah has, it is very easy to tangle.  Ideally, she'll never have to wash her doll's hair because I sent her home squeaky clean.  But I'll make a video just in case so she can navigate the snags to get perfectly clean hair.

​Oh, and I also pierced her ears! 
​Soniyah is being created from Annette by Pat Secrist.
<![CDATA[All Done!]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/all-done6327331
With the rooting finially finished, we can take care of some last details.

First, I apply a lot of glue inside the head to prevent the hair plugs from pulling out during styling.

Then, I glue the eyelashes - so pretty!

Finally, I add a shiny gloss to the lips and nails.  She's looking like someone we know! 
​Soniyah is being created from Annette by Pat Secrist.
<![CDATA[Almost There!]]>Tue, 06 Dec 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/almost-there2434756Working in a little micro-rooting for a natural-looking hairline...
​Soniyah is being created from Annette by Pat Secrist.
<![CDATA[Rooting Soniyah]]>Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/rooting-soniyah
After a fun Holiday weekend, I'm back to work on Soniyah.  Today was rooting day.  Because she has a smaller head and I
m rooting larger hair plugs than I would on a typical reborn, I'm able to root in a shorter amount of time.  

​Most of her hair is done.  Now I'm going to add some tiny hair plugs around her hairline so it looks natural.  She's so cute! 
​Soniyah is being created from Annette by Pat Secrist.
<![CDATA[Final Touch Ups]]>Mon, 21 Nov 2016 23:40:23 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/final-touch-ups
After spending some quality girlfriend time together this weekend, I was able to decide what final touch-ups were needed before we sealed Soniyah's painting.  

Today, I darkened the eyebrows, darkened the creases and added a little more blush till everything was perfect.
The rest of the afternoon, I spent applying a clear varnish that will protect our many hours of hard work from stains, scratching and being worn off during hours of play.  Added bonus: the varnish textures the vinyl to look like skin!  She's going to be so cool! 
Soniyah is being created from Annette by Pat Secrist.
<![CDATA[Auntie Time]]>Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/auntie-timeJust enjoying a little Auntie Time with Soniyah on a Saturday morning.  It's part of the Interim Review, really. LOL
Soniyah is being created from Annette by Pat Secrist.
<![CDATA[Interim Review]]>Fri, 18 Nov 2016 23:07:19 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/interim-review
​Soniyah's clothes are still in the mail, so I went to Target this morning to grab an outfit for her Interim Review. This was my first time shopping the Our Generation section.  This stuff is habit-forming!  I came out with way more stuff than I meant to! LOL I love dolls! 
​Just like the her namesake, this little lady is stylish! 

She borrowed a wig for the photo shoot, but she can also work the bald look too. :)
<![CDATA[Shading, Bluing and Blushing]]>Thu, 17 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/shading-bluing-and-blushing
I've spent the last several days carefully working Soniyah's complexion.  I did some shading to add depth and dimension to the skin.  I did a blue wash when the skin was getting too warm.  Then I did some more shading and finally the blushing till everything was just right.  

Complexions are a very incremental process, but so worth the effort!
Soniyah is being created from Annette by Pat Secrist.

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<![CDATA[Complexion Layers for Soniyah]]>Wed, 16 Nov 2016 20:29:58 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/complexion-layers-for-soniyahOne thing that is very exciting about Soniyah's doll is that she's made to look like a little girl who has a beautiful, rich complexion.  Not many of my dolls have such deep complexions, so I am having a lot of fun with this one! Each layer brings us a little closer to our destination...
<![CDATA[Mottling for Soniyah]]>Mon, 14 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/mottling-for-soniyah
Though not a traditional reborn doll, I wanted to add some realism to this piece by adding the mottling.  Mottling adds dimension to the skin by creating the appearance of blood flowing under the skin.  Three layers for Soniyah: Vein Blue, Blush Red and Dirty Purple. 
<![CDATA[Seal and Varnish]]>Tue, 08 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/seal-and-varnishIf you're happy and you know it, seal your paint!

To protect our many hours of reborning from scratches, stains and abrasion, I add a clear varnish layer.  The varnish also allows me to texture the doll so the vinyl really looks like skin! So gorgeous! 
​​​Jase is being created from Realborn Summer Rain by Bountiful Baby. ​
<![CDATA[Getting Started with Soniyah]]>Mon, 07 Nov 2016 08:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/getting-started-with-soniyah
I'm excited to begin the process of creating Soniyah, my second 18" Portrait Friend Doll.  Part of the fun of the Friend Dolls is that they are compatible with American Girl, Our Generation, Adora Friends and many other 18" doll clothes and accessories!

We're starting from Annette by Secrist and will be painting and rooting her to look just like her namesake.
Before I paint, I always wash the vinyl thoroughly to get rid of any dirt, oil or grease from manufacturing that my interfere with the paint.Next, I added a base coat to create an even canvas for adding her complexion and detail.  Now we're ready to roll!
Leg before base coat. Hand after base coat.  We're already starting to loose that "plastic" look! 
<![CDATA[Beautiful Jase Interim Review]]>Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/beautiful-jase-interim-review​Here at CustomDollBaby.com, the last step in the painting process is what I call the Interim Review.  The Interim Review is a special photo shoot that allows me to carefully inspect the painting in different lighting to make sure everything is perfect before I seal the paint under a protective varnish layer.

I've been taking lots of pictures of Jase lately, but I had to do his Interim Review anyway. ;)  So gorgeous!  I can't take my eyes off of him! 
<![CDATA[Halfway There! =-D]]>Wed, 02 Nov 2016 22:22:12 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/halfway-there-d
We are several hours into micro-rooting Helaina and I'm excited that I finally reached the halfway point!

The fun thing about rooting in a swirl is that my head looks like a pie chart slowly filling up to 100%.  This hair is super fine and she's got a lot of it, so 50% is a very meaningful milestone.  Only 50% to go! :-D
​Helaina is based on Judith by Adrie Stoete.
<![CDATA[Checking the Fit]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:56:22 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/checking-the-fitEven though I am not done painting, I could not wait to see this little guy put together!  Jase is using the Donna RuBert Front and Back Plates, which make him almost look like a full vinyl doll!  
Learn more about reborn belly and back plates on the Doll Baby Blog
<![CDATA[Almost Done Blushing]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:29:55 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/almost-done-blushing
When it comes to creating a truly lifelike baby doll, where you don't blush is as important as where you do.  

I've been carefully using gold, lavender, red and pink highlights to make every little fold and wrinkle on Jase's skin look just the way it would on a real baby making the same pose.  I'm still snapping pictures like crazy, so we must be getting close to the finish!  

​​Jase is being created from Realborn Summer Rain by Bountiful Baby. ​
<![CDATA[First Round of Blushing ]]>Wed, 26 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/first-round-of-blushing
I always build my reborn blushing colors in layers.  But even after just the first layer, Jase is already looking very sweet.  So sweet, that I couldn't stop snapping photos! LOL

​Jase is being created from Realborn Summer Rain by Bountiful Baby. ​
<![CDATA[Yellow Highlights]]>Tue, 25 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/yellow-highlights
Don't you love seeing those little yellow noses on babies?  Jase is getting his yellow highlights today on the nose, brow bone, ankles, knuckles and anywhere bone is pushing into the skin.  So cute! 
​Jase is being created from Realborn Summer Rain by Bountiful Baby. ​
<![CDATA[Rose Wash for Jase]]>Mon, 24 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/rose-wash-for-jase
Still working toward warming Jase's complexion with a custom mixture of Genesis Red, Raw Sienna and Yellow.  So far so good!  
Jase is being created from Realborn Summer Rain by Bountiful Baby. ​
<![CDATA[Gold Wash for Jase ]]>Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/gold-wash-for-jase
Now that Jase's skin detail is done, we're working on warming up his complexion.

The Realborn vinyl notoriously pulls greys, so we work against that with wash layers.

The first was what I call a Gold Wash.  It's mostly Raw Sienna, with a hint of Diarylide Yellow to really make it glow.   
As you can see, he's now out of sync with his belly plate.  The belly and back plates are made of a peach vinyl, so I cannot paint them the same way and expect the same result.  Once the rest of the kit is the color we want, I can fine tune the plates to match. :)  So far, she's looking really good! 

​Jase is being created from Realborn Summer Rain by Bountiful Baby. ​
<![CDATA[Ready to Blush this Handsome Boy! ]]>Mon, 17 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/ready-to-blush-this-handsome-boy​Jase is being created from Realborn Summer Rain by Bountiful Baby. ​
Oh my goodness!  Look at this little man!  With the creasing all done, we're ready to start adding Jase' blushing layers.  Getting excited! 
<![CDATA[Creases for Jase! ]]>Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/creases-for-jaseCreasing is the one reborning step that I probably spend the most time explaining to customers and artists.  Customers can be apprehensive because painting creases is rather time-consuming and many artists don't do them well.  Artists dislike creases for the same reason: hours of work that is difficult to get right. However, properly painted creases can really make a doll stand out in the crowd because shading the creases is critical to realism.    
As you can see in the photo above, the hand on the left (the right hand) looks significantly more like skin than the hand on the right (the left hand).  That is because unpainted creases make the doll retain that "plastic mold" look. Shading the creases creates the illusion of depth needed to make those little folds and wrinkles look like skin.  It's amazing what a difference a little painting makes! 

Jase is being created from Realborn Summer Rain by Bountiful Baby
<![CDATA[Veins and Blue and Green Shading]]>Fri, 14 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/veins-and-blue-and-green-shadingrealborn summer rain bountiful baby custom reborn doll
With the mottling just the way we like it, I'm now adding blue and green undertones to further create the illusion of blood flowing under the skin. 

The first blue undertone I paint are the veins in his hands, feet and scalp.  Next I go back and shade in blue the areas where the skin is most thin, like the temple, eye socket and ear lobes.  

​After all that, I was still wanting a little more color, so I went back and shaded some areas in green.  Now he's just right! 

<![CDATA[Finally Wrapping Up Jase's Mottling]]>Thu, 13 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/finally-wrapping-up-jases-mottling
After several months of home shopping, moving, illness and unpacking, I am finally back to work on Jase and picking up where I left off: Mottling! His mottling was technically done, but I wanted to see a little more of the blush texture under his skin.  After two more layers and a little blending, he's looking great! 

Jase is being created from Realborn Summer Rain by Bountiful Baby
<![CDATA[Helaina's Hair is Filling In! ]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 07:00:00 GMThttp://customdollbaby.com/in-progress/helainas-hair-is-filling-inNow I'm making my way around the sides.  Looking so good! 

Helaina is based on 
Judith by Adrie Stoete.