Today was Zachary's glue and goo day. I love finishing touches!
First, we used a water-proof permanent glue to seal in the roots of his hair. I'm expecting his hair to get handled quite a lot, so I used a ton of glue to set it in place. At the same time, I glued in the magnet that sucks his pacifier in his mouth.
Then, we started with the eyelashes. I used Bountiful Baby's wispy baby lashes. They are so fine and so much more natural-looking than regular doll lashes. The dark brown lashes were looking a bit too feminine to me, so I used light brown lashes for a beautiful yet subtle frame around his eyes. Lashes are the most fragile thing on the doll, so I like to use gobs of glue to make sure every hair is stuck in place. Thankfully, my glue dries clear.
Then, we used glazes and varnishes to create the illusion of moisture. I like to put a little glaze around the inner eyelid. This gives the eyes a lifelike moist look. It also seals in the eyes so water cannot get into the doll through the eye sockets.
For newborns, I like using the glaze for create a runny nose and a slobbery mouth. :) Zachary is a bit too mature for that look. So I only glazed his lips and a little in the nostril. As I mentioned, everything dries clear - so you can look forward to how great he'll look when everything is dry.
Right now, he's sitting in a dehydrator to help pull the moisture out of all the goop and glue. Then he can relax for 24 hours to make sure everything is completely dry. From there - its stuffing, weighting and fashion show!
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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.