Reborn dolls are indeed as they sound, they are dolls that have had their factory finish stripped away and “reborn” by being transformed into realistic baby dolls. The material that they are made from is mainly vinyl. To create the life like baby dolls that these reborn dolls are, you will need to get the original doll from a specialist manufacturer. There are several, but the most popular brand has to be Berenguer. Berenguer baby dolls are the obvious choice because the attention to detail that their dolls have to resemble a real baby is amazing.
What Is Reborning and Newborning?
Reborning is an art that takes an original factory made doll, such as the berenguer doll and strips away its factory finish, such as hair and skin color, in order for the reborn baby doll artist to add their own features and use their own techniques to transform what was a toy, into something truly realistic. Newborning is way of creating the same end result, but cuts a few of the steps out. The reason that this can be done is because when hobbyists and artists alike create a newborning doll, they are making them from reborn doll kits. These kits are assembled and the artist can apply the dolls paints and hair without going through the early steps involved in the reborning process.
Reborn dolls are by no means toys. They are instead very collectible items that can be of heirloom quality and quite expensive. Their prices can range from a hundred dollars right up to a few thousand, depending on the quality of them and whether they have been professionally made. Some artists only make unique custom reborn dolls. These kinds of dolls are commonly known as Ooak baby dolls (one of a kind). These will probably be the most expensive kinds of reborn dolls you can buy.
The number of processes that these reborn dolls have to go through include, re-weighting as well as the inclusion of realistic baby hair and repainting. Effects like a heartbeat, small imperfections and tears are used to make the final result more realistic and life like. You will find that reborn dolls are often made by people who do this for a hobby as well as experts alike. You will find that a large proportion of these can be found on eBay. These kinds of eBay shops are often also referred to as nurseries, online. Amazon is also becoming a popular resource lately for reborn dolls, and their selection is increasing by the week. If you want to buy reborn dolls offline then there are many fairs around the country, and it is unlikely that you will have to travel far to find one. It’s also worth mentioning that top quality reborn dolls are now becoming very sought after by many collectors and enthusiasts.
Should they be allowed or not?
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding these realistic baby dolls over recent years. Many artists and fanatics will tell you that these dolls are truly wonderful collectors items that bring a smile to many peoples faces, while other think that they are creepy and should not be made in such a realistic manner. Some parents use these life like baby dolls as a way helping them through the grieving process of losing a child, or when a child has grown up and moved on with their lives. While some people might not agree with that, there are many that consider it to be a very good idea. Love them or hate them, one thing is for sure; reborn dolls will be around for many years to come.