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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Song Saturday

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Before & After

 

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Heather by Donna Rubert

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Kissable by Marita Winters

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Nico (IV) by Gudrun Legler

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Paige by Sandra White

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Precious Gift by Cindy Musgrove

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Quinlynn (II) by Laura Lee Eagles

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Seraphina by Elisa Marx

 

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Introducing Braeden Cole – *SOLD*

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Braeden Cole is the the Noah sculpt by the very talented Reva Schick! He 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. His capillaries and blushing is blended well.

His skin has been sealed with matte varnish to keep her shine free permanently and dewy skin finish was used to create realistic, still soft to the touch, newborn skin texture. Shine was added to the corners of his eyes, lips and nostrils. Baby Braeden’s hair is a beautiful auburn hue, micro painted one follicle at a time using two tones for dimension and textured to feel like real hair using thick medium & look alive premium thinner that adds gloss to each strand – the effect being an ultra realistic head of painted hair that will always look and feel perfect! The effect is a truly realistic head of newborn hair that looks and feels realistic – no styling required! He has also been magnetized for a pacifier.

Braeden’s body is the custom doe suede body by Reva. He has 3/4 arms and full legs, perfect for onesies and diapers. His limbs have been sealed and weighted. His body is weighted in all the right places to give him an authentic newborn feel (perfect for cuddles). Limbs have been filled with glass beads and polyfil, with glass beads in a sealed sac in his torso and head (so nothing will leak). No sand is in his body so she can travel worldwide!

His eyelashes are all slumberland mohair (best of its kind) & have been rooted & sealed so they’ll never fall out and can be washed and styled gently with a soft brush.

Braeden comes with a birth certificate (customized! You can change his name to whatever you like & pick his birth details). He can also go home as a she if you prefer a baby girl! He’s not anatomical! ;)

Braeden’s hair was micro painted and textured so it will always look and feel perfect no styling required!!





Braeden goes home with a full layette, and everything pictured!

Included with Braeden Cole:
Cherokee bowtie onesie with shorts
Knit cardigan with elbow pads
Joe Fresh Lion Prince Onesie.
Tractor Sleeper by Joe Fresh.
Custom Knit Monkey hat
Dino Magnetized pacifier
Receiving blanket
Birth certificate.
5 diapers.
Scent wafer

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On Sale! $100 off Petunia Wren | Reborn Baby Girl for Sale






Petunia Wren is #97 of 400 in the LE SOLD OUT Fern by the very talented Toby Morgan & Bobbi Perez! 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 Petunia’s hair was micro painted one folicle at a time using two tones for dimension and textured to feel like real hair using thick medium & look alive premium thinner that adds gloss to each strand – the effect being an ultra realistic head of painted hair that will always look and feel perfect! She was also micro rooted throughout her crown, using two tones of Yearling Slumberland mohair – medium brown & deep dark brown. Combi is my specialty, and Petunia’s head is my new crowning achievement. The effect is a truly realistic head of newborn hair that looks and feels realistic – no styling required! She has also been magnetized for her headbows (she’s going home with two of them!) set perfectly to sit where her hair naturally collects (like the bow is actually IN her hair).

Petunia’s body is the custom doe suede body by Toby. She has 3/4 arms and full legs, perfect for onesies and diapers. & a belly plate sculpted by Toby. 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 hair and eyelashes are all slumberland mohair (best of its kind) & have been rooted & sealed so they’ll never fall out and can be washed and styled gently with a soft brush.

Petunia comes with a birth certificate (customized! You can change her name to whatever you like & pick her birth details) and her signed certificate of authenticity by Toby Morgan and Bobbi Perez.





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Petunia Wren goes home with the cutest layette!! Everything pictured with her, goes home with her. Everything is brand new and was chosen to compliment her beautiful colouring – purples, pinks, and yellows! She wears sized preemie and some newborn baby clothes.


Included with Petunia:
Purple Rainbow onesie & matching Purple leggings (by Jack & Janey)
Adorable Hoot Owl Footed Sleeper (by BabiesRUs)
Hand Knit & fabric eared Bunny hat
Gerber flower no scratch mittens
Long sleeve white onesie by Children’s Place
Two Bunny MAM Pacifiers – pink & yellow
Purple & Pink headbows by Claire’s
Owl Receiving Blanket by Circo
Belly Plate sculpted just for Fern by Toby
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She also goes home with a birth certificate, receiving blanket & five disposable diapers.

 


I also accept layaways 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.


To view more of her pictures & information, you can check out her FULL ALBUM! B

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My 2nd FREE reborn baby giveaway!

So I’m behind in posting this, but actually this works out to be the best time TO post about it here! I am now just shy of 300 fans away from my 2nd free reborn baby giveaway on my fan page! I literally cannot believe it, and have added another 200 fans in the last week, so for all I know, this giveaway is going to be happening within a week and a half (note to self: finish this baby!!!) So here’s the scoop! I opened the giveaway up to the fans, to choose the sculpt, gender, and race! AND the winner is:

Baby Isaac is a fan favourite on this page too so I am ecstatic that this is the baby I’ll be giving away! Like last time, to enter, all you need to do is fan my page, and like and share the entry form (when I hit 2500 fans – maybe tomorrow ROTFL!) Then you’re entered to win!

My 1000 fan free baby, Drew by Heather Boneham has been enjoying his new home with his Momma in the States, I can’t wait to see who wins this baby Isaac!!

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