Wow! Shay did an amazing job! I got two dolls for my twin daughters for Christmas. They look so real that I can’t stop looking at them! I wish I had an excuse to get another one! They were thrilled! They've played with them constantly! They named them Benjamin and Madison. Thank you! The picture with my husband was one we put on FB to trick our friends into thinking we had more twins. :) – Laurie
WOW !!! THANK YOU !!!! SO SO MUCH !!!! I received them today, and they are so amazing !!! I was at my best friend house and (on ne pouvait pas se retenir de faire une blague à son mari... quand il est arrivé, on lui a fait croire qu'on gardait des bébés et il nous a cru :s haha il a fallu lui prouver que c'était des poupées !!!) Priceless !! You are an AMAZING artist Shay, Meg is so beautiful <3 And she looks so real !!
OMG Shay !!! I'm so in love with this new baby girl !!! At first I was not sure if I was loving this kit... All pictures of other reborners was, for me, kinda fake and I really don't like the result or pictures I saw of this kit... but you did such a good job with Meghane (lilian) and Ian (lulu) so I put all my trust in your artist vision with a big "just give it a try" ;) AND REALLY ??? I'M so happy with the result !! OMG it's now my favorite kit ever !!! She's pretty, she's lovely and she's so realistic !!!! Thank you so much Shay !!! <3 Un énorme merci pour tout le travail et la patience. Elle est merveilleuse !! <3 Mini and Cass xxxx
I just absolutely am in love with this little guy. I cannot believe how truly lifelike he looks. He is everything I have ever dreamed of in a reborn doll. I love how you did his hair and just looking at how delicate some of the strokes of hair on his head and eyelashes was, I have to say only a very steady guided hand can do things like that and he is absolutely beautiful. I will treasure him always.
Thank you so much, Shaylen, for your time, your talent and your dedication to creating such a beautiful baby for me. He is truly a blessing! -- Nancy & Owen
Lovelyn & Quinlynn's details are breathtaking! I cant get over how close to a real baby she looks. Every visitor that has been around her is amazed at her. She melts in your arms and we couldn't be anymore happier with her! Thank you so much Shay! Lauren, Lovelyn & Quinlynn
I received Harleigh today and I am over joyed! She is so realistic, the most realistic reborn I have ever seen. I am so happy with her. Her weight is perfect, her painting is incredible, I love the textured spots on her face, her hair is SO soft and extremely well rooted. You are so talented and I am so happy I chose you to make me a reborn! I just can not get over how real she looks! I love her so much already. I will DEFINITELY be handing out the business cards that she came with. My hobby has rubbed off onto my bestfriend and she plans to get a reborn after Christmas, I will definitely recommend you to her.
Thank you SO SO much. I can not thank you enough. ♡
I can not say enough about Shaylen’s work! The reborns are incredibly lifelike and beautiful! Shay is absolutely amazing to work with! Great communication, fantastic personality, impeccable attention to detail and quick turnaround! Thank you for making dreams come true this Christmas! Our girls will be ecstatic when they meet their “babies”!!!! Now ….. All this waiting ……. – Rose
Shaylen is a very patient, kind, and talented Reborn Artist. She is very professional, and a delight to work with. She offers a truly top of the line, custom experience to her reborn Mommies! You can see my Beautiful Julietta, now Violetta, that she made for me on her FB page. Thank you, Shay! I was in awe of Violetta when I saw her. I expected her to come alive at any moment, that's how real she looks and feels in my arms with all her amazing details, and perfect weight and filling. I can't stop kissing her little cheeks, and hate to put her down! Her little outfit is just perfect, and matches her to a "T". Thanks again for bringing my vision of her to life! She is perfect! A+++++ - Ellen
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In honour of two of my favourite people: my father & my Albino aunt (who was the inspiration behind this version of Lulu, with her white blond hair and pale blue eyes) who both passed away far before their time – my aunt 9 years ago this past summer, and my father 4 years ago this coming January. Both of whom never lived to see me selling my art, full time.
My Pa, my auntie, and my brothers & I. <3
This is a foundation extremely close to my heart & that my fans feel the love for this cause too makes it all the more special.
So in lieu of a giveaway, here’s is how to participate and have the chance to own this amazing baby girl! All proceeds are going toward the Heart & Stroke Foundation. To participate, leave your donation of $5 or $10 respectively to be entered to win.
More pictures of baby Winter Rose.
Winter Rose is the now discontinued Lulu sculpt by the very talented Jen Printy! She has been meticulously painted using Genesis Heat Set paints – custom mixed for a completely unique skin tone, complete with blue and yellow undertones, and over five layers of mottling for ultra realism. Her capillaries and blushing is blended well with tiny milia on her button nose.
Her skin has been sealed with matte varnish to keep her shine free permenantly and dewy skin finish was used to create realistic, still soft to the touch, newborn skin texture. Shine was added to the corners of her eyes, lips and nostrils. Baby Winter’s hair was micro painted one follicle at a time using two tones for dimension and rooted using slumberland mohair – the effect being an ultra realistic head of painted hair that will always look and feel perfect, no styling required! I am open to offers on her, as has a flaw under her hair. Painted her hair twice, but both times the paint cracked where the hair was rooted. Have rooted her thick through the crown so it is only visible when her hair is moved. Looks like cradle cap. *see pics. Was selling her for $449 OBO (as a baldy, regularly she’d be $599).
Winter’s body is the custom doe suede body by BB. She has 3/4 limbs. She weighs 7lbs, 4 oz and her limbs and head have been sealed and weighted. Her body is weighted in all the right places to give her an authentic newborn feel (perfect for cuddles). Limbs have been filled with glass beads and polyfil, with glass beads in a sealed sac in her torso and head (so nothing will leak). No sand is in her body so she can travel worldwide!
Her eyes are german Lauscha glass eyes, in light blue, perfectly set to look like a curious newborn!
Winter comes with a birth certificate (customized! You can change her name to whatever you like & pick her birth details).
Included with Winter:
Pink Hello Kitty onesie & tutu leggings set by Nevada Baby.
Black sparkly long sleeve tee by Nevada Baby
Apple Sleeper by Joe Fresh
Hand Knit & fabric eared Bunny hat
Aveeno Cat Pacifier magnetized
Black sparkly bow by Joe Fresh.
Receiving Blanket by Circo
She also goes home with a birth certificate, receiving blanket & five disposable diapers.
To view more of her pictures & information, you can check out her album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.362296073945191.1073741995.155579544616846&type=3&uploaded=68
I am going through my sculpts and reborning some of the babies I’ve had in stock for a while, which means, some discounted babies now available in my shop & looking for a home, just in time for the holidays! 4 available currently, but should have another new face up here by week’s end. :D
Babies ship for $30 within Canada, +45 ship to the US, +70 worldwide shipping. Fully insured & expedited with tracking #. Babies will be posted within 24 hrs of cleared payment. Click their pics to see more pics!
I also accept layaway and can work out any payment schedule you choose. Balance on your baby is paid before baby ships. Interested inquiries can email me at email@example.com.
Back in May I wrote a post about my first keeper baby, a baby I made, sold, bought back, and then made over. My Nico by Gudrun Legler. Well, I have finally, FINALLY made the transition into collecting from other artists. Of course, on that much coveted list, most are artists I could never dream of being able to buy from, like Silvia or Melissa. CUZ ZOMGEXPENSIVE! Even though, yep, I have bid on dream babies on ebay! LOLOL! But I’ve also been dying for a baby from Jody Slater (of Heavenly Babies Nursery) and her babies are still similarly priced to my own, so I’ve been just waiting for the right time to finally buy from her. I missed out on her Polly Maynard, earlier this year, and ever since, I’ve been waiting for my perfect baby to appear!
Then she did an AA Benji and it was GAME OVER. I absolutely love her AA tones, and Benji is one of my fave sculpts. I reborn him once before, have another in my collection to reborn soon! So when I saw her, I just had to have her! I believe I even wrote Jody about her when she was still in the process of reborning her (not having even painted her hair).
I also have been dying to see another artist’s painted hair in person (and since I’m not likely to also be able to afford an Evon painted head either) Jody was a good second. In this industry, EVERYONE paints so soooo differently, and painted hair is esp diverse. Since I’m also not about to hit up a doll show and be able to fawn over other artist’s work up close, this is a really great alternative. And I confess that I am going to spend HOURS pouring over every paint stroke. Esp hair at the temples. Oh and her brows. :D I still pour over my friend Donna’s babies’ painting every time I get to paint hair for her, because I love seeing how our techniques differ. But Donna doesn’t paint hair (& she’s still not keen on trying! TRY HAIR PAINTING, DONNA! LOL!) AND on top of all of this I am also dying to see another AA tones in person, as I still consider myself more of a novice in this domain, it never hurts to have an awesome example to study each time I work! ;) Haha. XD
So all this to say: I have a new keeper baby! And she’s on her way to me. *Squee* Yep, I will absolutely film a box opening (because who doesn’t love a box opening?) video and will share when she arrives. I am soooo stinking excited! :D Now for some pic spam (taken by Jody).
Seriously so cute, right? I ordinarily see Benji as a boy, but I def think I’ll keep her a she to balance out the genders! Suuuuuuuper excited! Will post again when she’s home! :D
In lieu of Halloween, behold one of my favourite twisted reborners! I found Lacey Michelle’s work a while ago and it makes me want to start collecting Victorian baby furniture (& Sphynx cats) so, soooooo bad! Check them out!
I seriously cannot resist Drew Boneham as a vampire! Too sweet!
And this outtake from her flickr (which I confess to stalking! LOL!) cracks me up!!!
I get asked this a lot. But worse, I also get asked for freebies. Or deeply discounted babies. Babies for less than I’d ever pay to even buy the sculpt itself, let alone all the extras. It’s for this reason, I felt it time to update my FAQ & this age old reborn question:
So here we go: Why are reborns so expensive?
Here is a rough breakdown of some of the materials and costs involved in making a custom reborn doll
-Basic vinyl kit of arms, legs and head – these can cost anything from $40 (a sculpt from Bountiful Baby – not their Real Born line) to $210. The average sculpt for me costs about $140 with taxes & shipping. All of BB’s I have to import from the US and I always get duty fees which makes an average BB sculpt about $90 something when shipped. I have also had to import sculpts from overseas. I’ve bought from Australia before for a custom order too! And believe me, shipping & duties can be more than the cost of the doll kit.
-Doe suede body – $9 – 19 depending on size and make. I like the quality bodies because they stand the test of time and look the most realistic on the doll. If a torso or ball joints are involved this is often $50+ and may involve needing additional hook tools to assemble.
-Eyes – German glass eyes are $50+ depending on where I buy and how I need them shipped & again, duties.
-Hair – I root with Slumberland mohair, which is one of the best mohairs out there. It is $35 for every half ounce. A head of firm vinyl can easy break or blunt half a dozen rooting needles during the process.
-Glass beads for weighting – for about 10lbs, it cost me about $40. So each baby, give or take, is another $35 of glass. And then there is polyfil. About a half a small bag for one baby. There will also be cable ties to secure the limbs in place, and materials such as felt or e6000 glue.
- Earth magnets. About 3 per baby. For their paci and inside their mouths. And with baby girls, they also get an extra magnet for a hair bow.
- Layette – the clothing and items they go home with. I send a 3 piece outfit with each baby, sometimes this is two onesies & pants, other times a three piece dress or sweater set. I also include a sleeper. A custom knit hat. Pacifier & hair bow (or headband). Birth certificate, diapers, and a receiving blanket. I also include a scent wafer and if I have them, baby is tied up in a ribbon – gifts are wrapped. My average layette is $50-100 as everything is brand new and chosen to compliment each baby.
So therefor, the average baby costs me about $300+ to make.
And this still doesn’t include paints, brushes, thinners, varnishes, glazes, palettes, sponges, glues, mod podge, prisma pencils, shipping boxes, printer ink, paper, bubble wrap, oven cost, energy bill from my oven cost & lighting, or all my time and skill put into each baby.
For me, it takes me 2 weeks to reborn a sculpt from start to finish. I save time by painting four at once so I can constantly move babies between bakes, bake, cool, paint, bake, cool, etc. And an additional 5-9 days to root a head from start to finish.
Then photography, box packing, shipping an extras like Etsy or ebay fees, and paypal fees, etc.They are truly a labour of love and a work of art!
So, this is why I cannot, no matter how much I would love to, offer discount or free babies. I just can’t. I do however offer affordable reborns at a very high quality, for a fraction of the cost you might find them on ebay. And in a timely fashion. And I always offer layaway too! :)
Finn (2) by Tina Kewy
Sienna Rae by Cassie Brace
Xavi by Adrie Stoete
Adrian (3) by Ulrike Gall
Lola (2) by Adrie Stoete
Moira by Heike Kolpin
Julien by Elisa Marx
Click their pics to see them in the nursery & their accompanying FB albums. :)
The draw closes Thursday October 23rd at midnight. I’ll put his up again in a few days time to make sure NO ONE misses out on this one! :D :D :D
To enter you must follow the instructions on FB and be a fan of the page. Do not enter here! :)
Good luck to everyone!!!!