THE PROCESS OF REBORNING MY BABIES. I begin with a thorough wash with a mild detergent. The reborn doll kit is a soft vinyl material. Some kits give me the opportunity to open the nostrils, this allows the head to breathe, the nostrils are backed with a dark felt for depth and realism. I carefully vein the head and limbs with a fine brush, every crease is detailed on all the limbs and head to give it depth and realism just like a real baby. After many layers of Genesis heat set paints to give me the right skin tone I then add the mottliing and blushing in all the right places.
Every baby is different as is every kit. I then carefully paint the eyebrows, fingernails, toenails and lips. Every baby has a full manicure. I then find the eyelashes to suit and then apply them. I then start with the process of rooting the hair or painting the hair, I prefer to use Angora as it is the closest to baby hair, but I do use Mohair aswell. I use the finest needles I can, my favourite being 42 gauge. These are great for fine hair(micro rooting). I then seal the head by applying waterproof glue which seals the head protecting it from water. This allows you to dampen and brush the baby's hair.I choose the correct eyes and insert them.
Then it is time to fill the limbs, head and body, I fill the limbs with glass beads, poly fill and poly pellets which are Australian food safety standard which means they are safe, No toxins or chemicals at all. I then seal the opening of each limb. The head and body are filled with glass beads and poly pellets using a stocking and poly fill. I do sometimes use magnets in my dolls, so care needs to be taken around people with pacemakers and electronic equipment as they are very strong earth magnets.
I mainly use Doe Suede bodies but occasionally use cloth bodies for my kits. I then assemble the doll. I will sometimes use a body plate on the baby, these are available upon request.
Also if you would like to keep the memories of your newborn, send me a photo and I will try to find a mould as close as possible to your baby, and create a reborn you can hand down through the generations to come, or keep it for yourself. You can choose the sex, the hair and eye colour and of course the name.
Michelles reborn babies are so realistic,soft,cuddly and lifelike.you wont want to put them down,a great gift for all ages.can be made to look like your child,as a keepsake for christenings,birthdays.