Monday, June 8, 2009

Crazy about "Reborning"

As you can probably tell I am crazy about all kinds of dolls.
Along with sculpting, I also love to "Reborn".
I have been Reborning for about 7 years.
I mainly sell the dolls at local doll shows, and local shops.
There is just something about these kits that are so endearing when they are Reborned.

I started out when you would take a play doll, like a Berenguer and take it all apart. That was a lot of work. Now the kit comes all ready to paint. It is so much easier. I have a hard time deciding which dolls I am going to work on next, there just aren't enough hours in the day.

It is really strange, I have searched and searched the internet for Reborn artists who blog, and I have only found a handful of them.
I thought there would be hundreds.

I guess the last type of doll I have to blog about is the cloth dolls that I design,
but that will be in another post.

The doll that is pictured has gone to live with her new mommy. Her name is Hayley, and I created her in 2008. She is 19" long and 6 pounds. Genesis Paint was used in her painting. Since then I have switched to air dry paints. I came down with chemical Pneumonia from the solvents and acetone I was using. I also use clear cap wigs or paint their hair because I have carpel tunnel so bad. So there you have it...
Now on to more doll making...


  1. Shes lovely Dessa. My Dad had carpel tunnel, so I know how uncomfy it can be. Can I ask what air dry paints you use please? Thanks
    Debie xxx

  2. Hi Debie,
    Thank you for your nice compliment. I use Jo Sonja's acrylics. I am always looking for newer and better products
    I may try the LDC or the Bloomers and Bows brands,
    They look like they would work too.

  3. Dessa, she is absolutely adorable and incredibly lifelike. I have a strange fascination with reborns and admire those artists that can do such impeccable perfect work.

    P.S. Jo Sonja's acrylics are wonderful!

  4. She is gorgeous, Must be hard to reborn with carpal tunnel I had that when I was pregnant it was awful. Can't wait to see more of your work

  5. are a lady of many talents!!! I didn't realize you made reborns too. She is darling. Would love to make one for myself someday...but just too many irons in the fire right now to start something new. Thanks for sharing!!! ;-)

  6. Hi Andie,
    Thank you for visiting my blog. I ams so glad you have made a blog, I really like it. I am following now. I am looking forward to seeing some of your Reborns.

  7. Hi Marcie,
    Thank you!! I understand about the irons in the
    Sometimes it's hard to stay focused, and complete one project when there are so many ideas floating around in my head.
    Beware if you make a Reborn for yourself, because then you will be hooked on Reborning for


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