Part one of Making Reborn Dolls Realistic looked at many of the details reborners add to their dolls to achieve ‘superior realism’ in their reborn dolls. There are lots of amazing accessories you can buy from suppliers of reborn doll supplies, such as hospital wristbands and even devices that imitate the sucking mechanism! However, many touches of realism can be made with easily-available items, many found in the home. This time, we continue by looking at yet more ways you can make your reborn dolls virtually indistinguishable from real babies!
Realistic Reborn Dolls: Every detail counts!
The most realistic reborn dolls mimic nature’s details perfectly but can you tell reborns from real babies?
It’s normal for the little blood vessels close to the skin (capillaries) to be quite visible in newborn babies, especially in the eyelid area. Some parents worry about them but they are normal, due to the thinness and translucency of – some parents call them ‘angel kisses’! So…naturally, reborners want to add this to their reborn dolls.
Even the smallest brush is too big for this job; for the best results you might want to try one of the following techniques:
Run a thread through some paint and use it like a paint brush. Put the tip of a toothpick in some thick paint and put a little pressure on as you add the capillaries to your reborn doll. They won’t look very good yet but: when they’re where you want them, ‘pounce’ the capillaries lightly with a cosmetic sponge wedge dipped in thinner. If it isn’t changing much, apply thinner to the sponge. If you get this technique right, the capillaries will become very thin and look like they are under the skin of your reborn dolls.
As with the bubbles in our previous reborn dolls tutorial, paper glaze (such as Aleene’s) is one of the best ways to create moist areas on your reborn baby doll. Put it on a layer at a time, to gradually build up the tear. However, don’t overdo it, or it may start to cloud up.
Some reborn dolls have clamped umbilical cords!
Yes, some reborners add ‘umbilical cords’ to their reborn dolls to achieve maximum realism! All sorts of techniques can be used but one reborner recommends cutting the finger off a white latex glove. The idea is to put a little berry red glass paint inside the finger of the glove to give it the right color, followed by a small amount of normal craft glue. The mixture is pushed to the end of the fingertip, and the finger is squashed together to give it a wrinkly appearance. As the mixture dries, it will shrivel and look even more lifelike. Attach the ‘cord’ to your reborn doll’s body with more craft glue, and when it’s fully dried, color it with paints. For maximum realism, finish off with a genuine (small) umbilical cord clamp! (See left). You can easily find these online.
Drinks for Realistic Reborn Dolls:
Your reborn dolls aren’t quite realistic enough to eat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add to the effect by making ‘drinks’ for them!
Here are some ways you can create convincing liquids to fill your reborn dolls’ bottles with:
- Make ‘orange juice’ by getting a cup of water and adding two tablespoons of white fabric softener to it. Add as many drops of yellow food coloring as it takes to make it look like orange juice.
- Apple juice can be created for your reborn doll by following the above method and then adding just *one* drop of green food coloring.
- For milk, add a small amount of vanilla extract to some downy fabric softener.
- For formula, use white fabric softener and add a tiny amount of yellow food coloring.
There are very many other ways to add realism to your reborn dolls.