The Pre-Reborning Process
Before I begin transforming a doll into a baby, I undergo an involved pre-reborning process to prepare the doll and the artist for the magic about to take place.
1. Quality Control Inspection
When Mr. Wyatt H. arrived at my doorstep this afternoon, the first thing I did was a thorough inspection of all the supplies to make sure there were no dents, stains or other factory /shipping defects that would impact the quality of the doll. Fortunately, he made the safe trip from Salt Lake City UT to Rocky Hill CT in great shape.
2. Before Photos
I'm one of the few artists (actually the only artist I know) who spends time getting to know the baby and taking pictures. I study him from different angles. I want to learn his personality, his mood, how to pose him. I certainly fell in love with this little guy in the process. My assessment of W.H.H.:
Sophisticated... Serious... Intellectual...
His Mommy named him well!
3. Baby Bath
Once the baby and I are good friends, I start to clean him up for the reborning. I scrub him thoroughly in dish detergent to remove any factory grease, oils from my hands or dirt and lent picked up while taking pictures. These impurities can prevent the paint from sticking to the vinyl. He has his own designated toothbrush to scrub out all the creases and hard to reach places. :)
Then to be extra sure, I rub him down with alcohol (stinky!) using a special sponge. Actually, there is nothing special about the sponge except that I keep out of my kitchen so I don't accidentally use it to wash my dishes. :)
Once he's all dry, we're ready to paint!
Reborn Doll Babies
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.