Before turning a doll into a lifelike reborn baby doll, we need to make sure that our canvass is a nice neutral color. Depending on the manufacturer, the vinyl you receive may be a little too orange or too pink for your purposes.
Read more to learn how the color wheel will help you neutralize your vinyl.
In the color wheel above, colors that are opposite one another are considered complements. For example, green is the opposite if red. We will use complementary colors to neutralize vinyl.
Neutralize Orange Vinyl
Arianna by Reva Schick, like most of the German vinyl doll kits, is a little orange for my taste. It is much darker than the Flesh 08 I use to base coat, which gives me a chalky base coat when it is not neutralized.
As we can see from the color wheel, Blue is the opposite of Orange. So to take the orange out of the kit, you
can use any of these colors:
Just pick one of the blues and add a little Flesh 08 to make it creamy. Ensure the color is diluted and transparent. We need to be able to see through it at all times. If at any point you feel that the doll is turning blue, remove the paint and add solvent. When you're done, the doll should look pale.
Neutralize Pink Vinyl
Freckles, by the Apple Valley company is too pink for the portrait doll I'm creating. The child she represents is very fair skinned, so I need to get some of that pink out of the vinyl.
Pink is derived from Red. The opposite of Red is Green. We're going to use Phthalo Green and Flesh 08 to neutralize the vinyl.
Allow the paint to dry completely. Inspect your piece carefully for crusty spots and clean out the creases as needed with a Q-tip.
Bake for 8 to 9 minutes at 250-degrees (60% power or setting 6 on the Nuwave oven). Allow the piece to cool. If the vinyl needs to be neutralized further, apply another translucent coat of your complementary color.
As as many layers as needed, being sure to bake between each layer.
Can I use Vein Blue to neutralize orange vinyl?
How do I know I need to neutralize?
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Hi! I am Kim. I've been creating dolls all my life. I started stuffing cotton balls into my mom's pantyhose when I was a little girl. Now I hand-craft dolls that look and feel like real babies.