Before & After

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Song Sunday (almost Monday)

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Reborn Sweet Raffle Giveaway – donations going toward the Heart & Stroke Foundation

WINTERROSEAfter a tremendous response to my poll question on FB, I have officially decided to raffle off my beautiful baby Lulu Printy (Winter Rose) all proceeds going toward the Heart & Stroke Foundation!  

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.

I will be drawing December 1st, with time for baby to arrive before Xmas! <3 Thank you so so much to everyone who voted! Very, very excited and thankful! <3

More pictures of baby Winter Rose.

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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
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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

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SUPER SALE – PRE-XMAS SHOP CLEAROUT

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


Winter $599 NOW $499                Ivy is $549 NOW $449            Elena is $649 NOW $549
         


Averick $549 NOW $449

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 customreborn@gmail.com.

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Keeper Babies – Part 2

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).

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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).

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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

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Happy Halloween – Dark & Twisty Dolls

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!

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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!!!

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Why are reborns so expensive?

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! :)

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Before & After

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

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Early Christmas SALE!

Currently have 3 babies available now. Two baby girls, and one baby boy. Caucasian and AA skin tones! And one is a fully rooted baby too! :D :D :D  They’re now on Sale as an early Christmas special.
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Click their pics to see them in the nursery & their accompanying FB albums. :)
 

 

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FREE Reborn Baby Giveaway!

Had over 550 entries already for the FREE Reborn Giveaway! And still open for more, in case you’ve missed it (go here:

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!!!!

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