Thursday, May 08, 2008

Adventures of a reborn virgin

Yes, the previous post about reborns was not a coincidence. I was trying to prepare you lot for my admission. I am addicted to reborns. And they're bleeming expensive. So I decided to get some supplies, read some tutorials and try and make my own. I ordered a baby Chou Chou play doll from ebay to practise on, and a reborn Kit (head and limbs plus body slip), mohair, rooting needles, weighing material, paints and other paraphernalia.

Almost all my reborning supplies decided to arrive today in 3 batches.

12:10 First my baby Chou Chou arrived. I was pleasantly surprised -it's very small, quite delicate and quite heavy. You could actually make it nice if you knew what you were doing (mwahaha!) My rooting needles arrived from Tinkerbell too, and I was really curious to see what rooting felt like. One problem - my mohair was ordered from the USA and is the only thing I don't have right now. Still... Where there is a will, there is a way.

12:15 I clip some hair off the cat and try and root eyelashes. (He's got loads, he won't miss it.) The hair was too short though, and it kept blowing away every time I breathed.

12.22 Since I can't root faster than I can suffocate, I need another plan. Next I cut some (longer) hair off my fringe. I start stabbing the baby's eyelids (they were right, it IS therapeutic!) Hey, the vinyl isn't as hard as I had heard!

12:40 A few mishaps and one hairy eyelid later I managed to improve my aim and root eyelashes on the RIGHT eye of the doll. Then I clipped them with my embroidery scissors. It doesn't look half bad. Then I have a look at trying to take the thing apart. It looks like the body is sewn on the limbs... What the? How do I take it apart, and how on EARTH do I put it together again? At this point Matilda arrived, fell in love with the baby and decided that it is called Letters (???) it belongs to her and I have to stay away from it.

Result: One baby Chou-Chou with one eye with rooted eyelashes and one without.


13:16 Ok so I'll have to jump straight in with my Lillian kit. This came with a body slip. Wait... The HEAD is off, but...yes... the arms and legs seem to be sewn on. WHY???? WHY??? HOW do I take the blasted thing apart?
Never mind... I'll just do the head.

13:30 I can't find any instructions for the Genesis paints. I mean how to mix them. Oh well. I wonder if I got the right thinner (it said for oil paints) I remember Nazdaq on the forum I was on said Genesis is oil based. I hope she's right. Oh well...

13:35 Rub rub rub pounce pounce. Ok, looks ok. Bake. (Heheh... Genesis are heat set so I have to stick the baby in the oven ever so often)

13:50 It looks a bit chalky and a bit streaky. I wipe it off with acetone and try again. Blend with cotton wool this time. Bake.

14: 05 Better. Try to paint some veins on by dipping cocktail stick in Phthalo blue. Doesn't seem to work. Oh well. Try blushing next. I mix red and blue and flesh and it seems nice. Pounce with sea sponge, dab with cotton wool on cheeks. Apply with finger and blend with cotton wool on forehead, nose, chin, and earlobes. Looks nice. Also blush lips with same. Bake.

14:20 Very happy with my blushing. Add some more red and paint tongue. Looks a bit patchy... Oh well, maybe the baby could have thrush! (Added realism...) Mix some burnt umber with flesh and try doing eyebrows. Ooops. One seems to be higher than the other now. Blend with cotton wool. Draw streaks on with cocktail stick. Try making them a bit thicker so they can look more even. Blend with cotton wool. Draw streaks on with cocktail stick. Blend with cotton wool. Draw streaks on with cocktail stick. Blend with cotton wool. Draw streaks on with cocktail stick. Blend with cotton wool. Draw streaks on with cocktail stick. Ah, sod it. Bake.

14:35 Phew, the eyebrows don't look too bad. Let's try veins again. This time I try with a thin brush. Gaah! They're too thick! Try and wipe them off. They won't come off! Try blending with cotton wool.

14:40 Now it looks like a bruise. Try putting some blushing over it. Now it looks even MORE like a bruise. I have to fix this or the baby is going to look like a child abuse victim.

14:45 Wipe with acetone. The blue mostly comes off, but now the colour looks different to the rest. Dab some flesh and some blush on. Whatever, it'll do. While I'm at it I paint on some tear-ducts on eyelids (just a red dot) and add some more red on the tongue. Should I bake now? I might as well add some glazing first.

14:50 Do you have to thin the glazing or use it straight? Toss a coin. Use it straight. I glaze baby's lips, nose and corners of eyes. I try to add some glaze on the tongue too.

15:10 Gaah! The glaze made some of the red come off the tongue. And now I can't paint it on again. Wipe with cotton bud. Try again. Looks half-decent. Whatever. Bake.

Next step: Cut the eyelids open with a knife and stick its eyeballs in, then stick needles in its head.

.....To be continued



Michelle said...

never heard of such a thing. Now *I* want one...dangit.

Miki said...

No matter what, you will be able to sell them on Ebay -- one-eyed child abuse victim and all. :) I'm not sure what I think of reborns. . .

Miki said...

how is this hobby going, by the way?

Tilly Cat & Pip-Squeak said...

It's going... Slowly. I was going to post updates. So far the baby has 3/4 of its head covered in hair, and I managed to chop its hand off *gasp* Now I'm looking for replacement limbs on ebay.
(* too bad you can't buy spare body parts for people on ebay)
(** That said, I have never done a search for "spare left kidney" -you never know!)


Miki said...

I don't know why, but the fact you cut off baby's hand made me laugh. :) Bruised face, missing eyelashes, and missing hand. Poor thing. I still think she might look better than some of those others. Although maybe that's why they wanted to sell them so badly. . .it took AGES to turn them into the babies they were. :)

WheresMyAngels said...

I laughed all thru your descriptions!! lol Great writing. And wow, it looks like a real baby with holes in it's head for eyes!! lol Great Job!

Anonymous said...

How do you get time for all of this, with two children and what do the cats think!!

Anonymous said...

I love your story!
I`ve been laughing since I read it!
LOve ! I dont know how good your doll is / going to be ..but YOU are super writer...

All the best!
PS! Poor cat! :)P

marcy said...

I laughed too. I'm pretty sure that's exactly how I will feel after each step I try. I bought a couple of dolls on ebay to try on first (the real kits are just sitting unabused in a box) but I don't want to "kill" the cheap dolls either...they're cute too!!!
I think they are going to be too hard to root and I was thinking about trying to use cat hair too since I haven't gotten any mohair or anything yet, but since our cat is a Maine Coon, I figured the reborn would look like a raccoon if I used his hair, so I'm waiting to see if I get past the painting part before investing in all the rooting stuff.
Wish you'd post your partially rooted head. The painting looks great

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