When I receive my reborn doll kits they arrive completely in the unpainted "raw" state. In order for the kit to accept paints nicely they are washed very gently to remove oily residue from the factory and then air dried.
I use Genesis heat set paints on all of my reborn dolls. Genesis paints are fabulous paints to use on vinyl. When used properly they will last the duration. Genesis paints will not rub off. They are heat set and remain on the vinyl permanently. After I complete all my painting and shading I then use a special sealant that goes over the painting. This is a very critical step as it preserves all the hard work of painting and offers protection from fading and wear.
I pay special attention to little fingers and toes and doing the nails are one of my favorite things.
Weighting and materials
When completing a reborn it's very important that the materials you are using are of the highest quality and caliber. My feelings are that if my clients are paying good money for one of my creations it is my duty to ensure the product is top notch. Not only will the reborn they receive be lovely on the exterior but what is not seen to the eye inside will also be top notch material. My baby limbs are filled only with fine glass beads. These beads are placed within the limbs then sealed with a heavy duty industrial adhesive. That ensures that the weighting materials will not leak out from the limbs. I allow several days for the sealant to dry. I weigh the body and the head with pure poly pellets. When I place them inside the head they are enclosed in a sheer stocking and then filled with fresh clean poly fill fiber. I also use poly pellets and poly fill fibers within the soft bodies All of my materials are purchased in bulk brand new. My home is a smoke and pet free home and I am meticulous in all aspects of the reborn process.
Another critical step is to make sure the cloth body you are using is exceptionally made with high end material and strong stitching. It would be unfortunate to have a beautifully done reborn placed on a poor quality body. Another very important step is to use a body that is of the right proportion to the dolls head and limbs. A body that is too short in the torso will not look realistic. A body that is too large or too chubby will also take away from the realism.
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