Armed with my fancy new wrist brace - to keep my hand in "functional position" - I am back in business! No more tingling fingers.
Not only that: I'm done rooting! I mean, Done done. All of his hair is rooted. I added more hair to the top of his head. I finished all my touch ups. And I rooted his eyebrows.
The only thing left to do hair-wise is to seal the deal. Literally. I will use a water-proof glue to glue down the roots of his hair. That way, it will be better prepared to withstand years of braiding, combing, washing and overall loving. :) What a beautiful little guy!
I consider rooting eyebrows one of my specialties. I never intended to specialize in it, but I've observed that few artists attempt it and even fewer do it well. So I root eyebrows on my babies wherever possible so they stand out in the doll crowd.
The key is to root the hairs at a very shallow angle so they follow the direction of a natural eyebrow.
Now Mom's got to decide what we do next. She's got two options:
1. Eyebrows that are Neat
I can set his eyebrows in place with a matte varnish. They will be a little stiff and flat, as if they were painted on, but always neat and in place.
2. Eyebrows that are Lifelike
These eyebrows are soft to the touch mohair left varnish free. Like a real baby, you'll need to occasionally hit them with a little water, hair gel, or Momma Spit to get them to lay down properly. They look and feel nice, but are much higher maintenance.
I'm personally a fan of leaving them natural - I suppose because my own eyebrows have always been high-maintenance. I remember the days of my mom trying to use a freshly licked thumb to slick them down every morning before school.
On the doll, the hair gel does fine until you wash or scratch it off. It will flake if it gets brushed. But I like to let the customer decide how much they want to deal with. ;)
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.