I put a purple shirt on my baby and now his fingers have turned purple!
It's sad but true - vinyl loves to take on color from other objects - especially purples and blues. I recently had to set aside a doll kit I was creating for myself because he had gotten marked up by the blue handles on my paint brushes!
Even Bountiful Baby warns customers against vinyl stains caused by ink:
We have had problems in the past with kits being stained by ink, and we have learned how to avoid these problems. We would like to share our information with our customers...
To lower the risk of your doll baby absorbing pigment from what she or he touches, an artist will seal the painting.
Sealing is the process of adding a clear varnish over all vinyl parts to protect the painting from being scratched or stained. Popular heat-set varnishes used for this purpose are Genesis Matte Varnish and Genesis Satin Varnish.
These varnishes can also be used to create a "skin texture" on the doll.
Sounds great. So what's the downside?
Varnishes, whether they are air dry or heat-set, can change the texture and feel of the vinyl. Prior to a varnish being added, most doll vinyl is soft and smooth like skin. With a varnish, skin textured or not, the doll may feel harder and at times rough. A poorly applied varnish will even become white and flaky when disturbed. An air-dry varnish, like Matte Polyurethane, can sometimes leave a glossy sheen on the doll (unintuitive, I know) which distracts from her life-likeness.
However, if you want to enjoy your doll with reduced staining concerns, ask your artist to seal the doll when she's done painting.
Not feeling the varnishes? Ask your artist to leave it off and be sure to follow our Baby Care tips to ensure your baby remains stain free.
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Skin Texturing and Matte Sealant are options offered in our Design-A-Baby Application! In fact, I'll seal your doll for stain protection at no additional charge! I also carefully dilute and buff the varnish so the doll's skin remains soft.
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