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Starting to Reborn Dolls


Well, I'm hooked! I am determined to try my hand at reborning dolls. I have spent hours each evening researching the topic on my computer, to the point that my husband is starting to think I don't like his company any more! Nothing could be farther from the truth...fortunately the computer and the television are in the same room.

From the first time I saw a good example of a reborn doll, it's been calling to me to try it. For those of you who may have been following my bio and forum posts, you know my background and training includes art and baby nursing. I have a B.A. in art with a concentration in painting; and I was a hospital nurse for 15 years with experience in NICU, labor and delivery,and newborn nursery. So I know babies and I know painting.

In the 1980's I bought a Berjusa (now Berenguer) doll for my daughter with a "Mary" face, which has since been discontinued by the company, but is very collectible. She will be my first full effort, but I have an inexpensive vinyl doll that I will be learning and practicing on first.

My first shipment of supplies arrived yesterday. I ordered a set of Genesis Heat Set Paints, some baby fine mohair and a hair rooting tool. I already have a large collection of brushes and odorless thinner. I just need to add some makeup sponges and I'll be good to start painting.

If you are interested in trying this with me there are many, many sources of information available on the internet, both in video and printed format on all aspects of doing the reborning process. I have found how-to videos on Youtube by just searching "reborn dolls".

Bountiful Babies has a very good website which offers not only the supplies for sale, but also instructions in PDF format. There are also instructional CD's for sale that are also in PDF format to read on your computer. So there is an amazing amount of help and instructions available on the web, as well as magazines which concentrate on reborn dolls.

I recommend looking at reborn dolls on Ebay to get an idea of what the good ones, and the not-so-good ones look like. This will give you an idea of what is possible, and also serves as a great source of inspiration and motivation to try your hand at it, as well.

As I go forward with this project I will keep you updated, please join us in the
Doll Making Forum with your comments, questions, progress and photos.


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Progress on My Reborn Doll
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