Belly Plates and Back Plates are a great way to add realism to your lifelike baby doll. However, shopping for plates can be very confusing.
Belly Plates and Back Plates are flat vinyl sheets sculpted to look like the torso of a real baby. These sheets fit over a cloth body doll to create the appearance of baby skin in the torso area. Belly & Back Plates can be sewn to the cloth body for convenience, or left detached for display purposes only.
Belly Plate Shopping Tips
Types of Belly Plates
Two main types of belly plates are the Generic Belly Plates and the Gendered Belly Plates.
Posing & Photography
It is important to keep in mind that adding a belly plate and back plate to your doll does not convert a cloth body doll to a full vinyl torso. Full vinyl dolls do not have any cloth and come with a 1 piece torso to which the head, arms and legs attach directly. Cloth body dolls are softer and more "floppy" than full-vinyl dolls. But even with the belly plate, careful posing is needed to ensure that no cloth is showing when you pose or photograph your doll.
Please keep in mind that doll kits are sculpted by individual sculptors. So we don't really have a concept of interchangeable parts. Some doll kits have compatible belly and back plates - preferably sculpted by the same person who created the rest of the doll kit. Some simply do not. An artist can do her best to mix-and-match parts to create the look that you want, but for best results, only use belly and back plates that are compatible with your doll kit.
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