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Reborn Skin Veining and Capillaries DVD Techniques DVD by Still Moments Nursery

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Reborn Skin Veining and Capillaries DVD by Still Moments Nursery is NOW AVAILABLE..


Reborn Skin Veining and Capillaries Techniques DVD by Still Moments Nursery

Reborn Baby Doll artist Nikki Holland shows you how she personally applies her veining and capillaries techniques
to create a lifelike reborn baby doll. With Commentary voice over & Photo Gallery.

DVD Features:

*Getting Started
*Veining on a Belly Plate
*Veining on Wrists
*Veining on Ankles
*Veining on the head

*Bonus Photo Gallery

Genesis Heat-Set Paints are used in this tutorial DVD.

Running Time: Approx  25 Minutes

Wide screen Format 16:9


Genesis Heat-Set Paints are used in this tutorial DVD

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Dr phil on Reborning….

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Dr Phil show on Reborn Baby Dolls…Hobby or Obsession?

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Comedienne and author Stefanie Wilder-Taylor investigates a new doll craze called reborning — crafting infant dolls that are so lifelike, people mistake them for real babies. Some spend thousands of dollars on their dolls, as if they were real children.

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Women who collect lifelike dolls – TODAY Show

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Thanks to the lovely ladies on Dollfan, I was able to keep an eye out for this story online at It is only a short video but it is great the ladies got their say in the way they treat and care for their reborn baby dolls. Oct. 1 2008:  A surprising new documentary reports on adult women who collect unsettlingly lifelike dolls called “reborns.” TODAY's Matt Lauer talks to some of the women.

They're called "reborns": incredibly lifelike baby dolls that sell for up to $4,000 to adult women who collect them, change their clothes, and in some ways treat them like real babies. "It fills a spot in your heart," Lynn Katsaris told TODAY's Matt Lauer Wednesday in New York as she cuddled "Benjamin" and "Michael" in her arms. A realtor from suburban Phoenix, Katsaris is also an artist who has created 1,052 reborn dolls and sold them to women around the world. She was one of three grown women visiting the show with five of the the bogus — but eerily realistic — babies cradled tenderly in their arms. Dolls have been around for thousands of years, but the so-called reborn dolls, which are hand-painted and provided with hair whose strands are individually rooted in their vinyl heads, date back to the early 1990s. Since they first were created in the United States, they have become increasingly popular around the world, selling on dedicated Web sites and on eBay for $500 to $4,000, and even higher. A documentary on the phenomenon called "My Fake Baby" airs tonight on BBC America.

Cuddly … or creepy? Some people find the lifelike dolls downright creepy. But collectors, some of whom treat the dolls as real children, feel there’s nothing unusual about their passionate hobby.

Monica Walsh, a 41-year-old wife and mother of a 2-year-old daughter from Orange County, N.Y., has one doll – "Hayden." And, yes, she told Lauer, she plays with her doll "the same way a man might make a big train station and play with his train station or play with his sports car, his boat or his motorcycle." Fran Sullivan, 62, lives in Florida and has never had children. She brought two reborns to New York, "Robin" and "Nicholas," and said she has a collection of more than 600 dolls of all kinds, including a number of reborn dolls.

Sullivan told Lauer she rotates her dolls, choosing a new one to care for each day depending on how she feels. She talks to them as she would to an infant, but said it’s really not all that strange.

Image: A "reborn" baby


"Children talk to their dolls, and they express their feelings toward their dolls," she told Lauer. "And as a 40- or 50- or 60-year-old woman, you do the same thing. You’re still the same person you were when you were an 8-year-old."

"I have a 2-year-old daughter. I don’t feel that way at all that it replaces her. It’s completely different having a real baby," Walsh explained. "But I think she’s going to love the fact that I play with dolls. How much fun is it going to be for her?"


"Baby Sara Louise," a "reborn" baby doll, sports eerily lifelike hair.

Lifelike features The vinyl dolls don’t just look exactly like real babies — they also feel real. Their bodies are stuffed and weighted to have the same heft and a similar feel to a live baby. Mohair is normally used for the hair and is rooted in the head strand by strand, a process that can take 30 hours. A magnet may be placed inside the mouth to hold a magnetic pacifier.

To add realism, some purchasers opt for a heartbeat and a device that makes the chest rise and fall to simulate breathing. The dolls are made individually by home-based artisans like Katsaris, who start with a vinyl form that is either purchased or made by the artisan. The remarkable degree of realism is achieved by dozens of layers of paint, beginning with tiny veins and mottled skin. Each layer of paint is baked on in an oven to make it permanent.

Dolls may be one of a kind, or one of a limited series made from the same mold. Some customers order special dolls that are exact replicas of their own children who died at birth or in infancy. These are individually made from hand-sculpted clay forms made from photographs of the child.

The customers are almost all women. Some buy them because they collect dolls. Others buy them as surrogates for children that were lost or have grown and left the home. Some women dress the dolls, wash their hair, take them for walks in strollers and take them shopping.

They won’t grow up One woman in the BBC documentary, married and in her 40s, said she wanted a real baby, but was too busy to commit to caring for a real one. A reborn doll satisfies her maternal instincts, she said, without all the carrying on and mess.

Reborns, she said, "never grow out of their clothes, never soil them. It's just fabulous. The only difference, of course, is these guys don't move." At least one nursing home in the United Kingdom makes dolls available to female residents, who become calmer and less disruptive when "caring" for their infants. Image: Sue watches over "reborn" Sue, a British woman profiled in the BBC America documentary, admires a "reborn" baby doll. The dolls have led to some misunderstandings. In the United States and other countries, police smashed the windows of a car to rescue "infants" that had been left in booster seats in parked cars.

Walsh is among those who straps hers into an infant’s seat when she takes it out in her car. "They’re expensive and you gotta protect them. They’re valuable."

She added that she also may put her doll in a stroller when she’s with her daughter – "for fun."

Katsaris takes hers out in stroller, but for a different reason: to show them off to potential buyers. Sullivan said she doesn’t take her dolls out in public except to transport them to doll shows. But, she added, when she gets a new one, she shows it off.

"I take my dolls across the street every time I get a new one and show them off to my neighbors," she told Lauer. "I love to hear them say, 'Oh, that is such a beautiful doll! It’s such a beautiful baby!' "

Sullivan said she, too, talks to her dolls, but she does not carry on conversations with them. Walsh said her husband doesn’t think it strange that his wife plays with dolls. "He likes them too," she said. "He says when he holds the baby it makes him feel good. It reminds him of the day his daughter was born. Everybody likes to hold a baby. It makes you feel at peace. It makes you feel calm."

None of the women apologized for their love of reborn dolls or felt they were doing anything that is unhealthy. "I don’t really worry too much about what people think about me," Walsh said. "I just try to make myself happy, and it makes me happy to collect dolls. I feel like a little girl that just never stopped loving dolls."

By Mike Celizic contributor

updated 10:00 a.m. ET Oct. 1, 2008


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News article on Reborn baby Dolls – ABC News

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ABC News has reported an article on Reborning.

I found some points in this story true, I have many elderly customers who have had look alike reborn baby dolls made of their grandchildren just to have the memory of them portrayed in a 3D form.
This Art form is very Niche and I look forward to more Media stories on the art.
I have been reborning now for 4 years now and I am forever extending my techniques.

These dolls are not and could never be mass produced.
Quote " British department store Harrods – whose motto is "Everything for Everybody Everywhere" – describes them as "a bit too life-like" to stock,……"
Each baby is painted by hand and many many hours spent creating every fine detail like veins and milk pimples, its kind of like baking a cake and we all love cake but we all cant cook, so we appreciate a good homemade cake when we get it.

I just hope more people take the time to learn about the art and really look into how these babies can reall help some people through life.

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Attract, repel: lifelike dolls are collector cult

Their chests rise and fall and you can hear a tiny heartbeat, but these babies for sale over the internet are not alive.

"Reborn babies" are disconcertingly life-like baby dolls carefully crafted in vinyl, which have become swiftly popular mainly with collectors, but also with nostalgic grandparents and grieving parents.

Earlier this week police in Gympie, Queensland, reportedly broke into a car to rescue what they thought was a dying baby, only to discover it was a "reborn".

Made and collected by an online community of enthusiasts, they are painted several times to create the mottled colour of newborn skin, have mohair hair and eyelashes, and are weighted to make them feel as heavy as human babies.

Fans of the hobby, who call it "reborning", are mostly women and increasingly guarded about discussing it since media reports highlighted their purchase by bereaved parents, prompting some to portray the hobby as macabre.

"Cuddle therapy" is what one reborning website calls the hobby – the dolls’ bodies can be fitted with electronic devices that mimic a heartbeat and breathing.

British department store Harrods – whose motto is "Everything for Everybody Everywhere" – describes them as "a bit too life-like" to stock, and collectors themselves say the dolls can cause feelings of intense unease, even disgust.

"I pick them up and I change them and I do hold them like a baby now and again – it’s relaxing," said doll-owner Gill, a 50-year-old grandmother who asked to remain anonymous because of the way reborning has been portrayed in the media.

Reborners say their hobby began in the United States in the early 1990s, with dolls becoming more and more realistic over time. Media coverage helped spread the idea to other countries, mainly Britain and Australia.

Cathy Newcombe, who makes the dolls and runs reborning Website Reborn Babies UK, said counsellors were increasingly looking into the therapeutic benefits of holding reborn babies.

"The act of holding the doll may have a role in releasing a ‘feel-good’ hormone," Ms Newcombe said.

But not all react in this way.

"You get this repulsion from some because it looks so life-like and they just see a dead baby," said Sue, 56, who bought her first doll in June.

"Looking at my reborn I’ve never seen a dead baby – she has too much colour in order to be dead."

Too niche

The term "reborn" is used to distinguish custom-made baby dolls from those mass-produced in a factory, says Deborah King, who took up doll-making as a hobby three years ago and now sells dolls via Reborn Baby.

"My daughter wanted a sibling and I didn’t want to have any more children, so I made her a doll instead," said the 32-year-old mother of two.

Ms King’s website features lists of baby dolls photographed in cots and dressed in frocks, some of which are described as "premature". Most have girls’ names and are described as waiting for "adoption".
She sells the dolls for between 250 pounds to 1,600 pounds ($514-$3,290) and receives 10 to 15 requests a week.
The reborning community says most buyers are collectors.
"To me it’s a work of art… I’m not into pushing it around in a pram," said collector Gill.
Newcombe of Reborn Babies UK said most of her customers want to collect the dolls as art: "Between 10 and 15 per cent are for ladies who have lost a child."

Others have emotional reasons of a different kind for their purchase: Ms King recalls one client who decided to buy a doll for her mother, an Alzheimer’s sufferer, after noticing she spent most of her time looking at baby photos.
Ian James, a doctor at the Centre for the Health of the Elderly at Newcastle General Hospital said the use of dolls in care homes for the elderly can help reduce disruptive behaviour.
"There are a number of reasons for the powerful effect of the doll in reducing some of the challenging behaviour," he said.
"People are comforted and are so much calmer and quieter – you just have to be there to witness that."
"It’s a familiar role from time when they were busy and happy," his co-researcher Lorna Mackenzie said.
But Dr James said it made no great difference how life-like they were.
"In our studies we have used 10-pound dolls from a toy shop – if you buy three, you get one for free," he said.
Most of Ms King’s customers are collectors and grandparents who miss their grandchildren’s younger selves, while others just enjoy holding the pretend babies.
But while there are hundreds of reborns for sale on Internet auction site eBay, their mainstream appeal seems to be limited by how realistic they are.
"Everything we sell is with a view to a child owning it or being interested in it, but these dolls are a bit too life-like for our toy department to stock them," a spokeswoman for Harrods said.
"The more realistic a doll is, the more niche the market is."

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Woman car window smashed to save baby doll

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We have been flat out on the website this afternoon and when I was reading through the news, I came across this article.

Frantic rescue effort saves doll, not baby

“FRANTIC police smashed a window to rescue a seemingly unconscious baby
from a locked vehicle in Queensland last week only to find it was
an extremely lifelike doll.

The embarrassing mistake, made in regional Gympie, is not an
isolated incident and passionate creator of the “reborn” baby dolls
Vynette Cernik knows just how easily they can be mistaken for the real

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Making Babies in the Oven?

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INSIDE EDITION reported a story about Reborn Baby dolls Airdate: 1/31/2008

Making Babies in the Oven?

A snip from the story:

Elizabeth O’Malley is so excited because her new baby has just arrived — in a box!

This isn’t just any baby, it’s an incredibly lifelike doll. But
that is of no matter to O’Malley who’s just as excited as if she were
welcoming home a real baby. The new mom even has the crib all ready!

O’Malley’s baby was “born” in another woman’s kitchen!