Thanks to months of research and experimentation, I have finally found the solution for perfect baby tears!
I'm excited to share my baby tears process because I'm one of the few (if not the only) reborn artist who uses Jewelers Grade Resin to make my tears and seal the eyes.
Resin is essentially two liquids that when mixed together become a hard, crystal clear plastic-like substance. I use resin because:
However, nothing is without caveats. You may not want to use resin because:
I tried a few different resins and came to the conclusion that the best resin for reborn dolls is Little Windows Brilliant Resin. A small set is only $8 and will provide tears for a lot of dolls.
If you choose to shop your own resin, please watch out for:
What About Paper Glaze?
I almost ruined a LeLou using Aileen's Paper Glaze. Though recommended by most tutorials, paper glaze has a shelf life. Once it has reached the end of that shelf life, it no longer dries clear. So I had to scrape an ugly haze out of my doll before deciding I would not bother with paper glaze again.
You can still use paper glaze, just test it on a clear surface first to make sure you're still in the clear-dry phase of the shelf life. Once it gets old, throw it away!
Think You Might Try Resin?
Hi! I am Kim. I've been creating dolls all my life. I started stuffing cotton balls into my mom's pantyhose when I was a little girl. Now I hand-craft dolls that look and feel like real babies.