Silicone, the Ultimate in Realistic Dolls

51n2MH+XIML__SX382_BO1,204,203,200_Good morning!  Just researching to learn how to create my first reborn doll and I thought I’d share about silicone dolls.  There are many different levels of realism in Reborns and Silicones are the ultimate.  It really depends on why you’re into collecting realistic baby dolls.  At least at this point in my life, I have no interest in owning a silicone.

 

 

I collect realist baby dolls because they cheer me up looking at them, I like to change their clothes, and I enjoy holding them.  It doesn’t really matter to me how realistic tEvangValentinehey look.

 

I also have real children who want to hold my dolls.  Silicone dolls cost thousands of dollars, are more fragile, and are more difficult to repair.  So, yeah, silicones are really not for me at this point in my life.  However, I am absolutely amazed by them.

Check out this site-   http://www.lauraleeoriginals.com/index.html

This is the most amazingly realistic doll I have ever seen, at least so far-   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQPTJJGox1Y

 

 

I’m Going to Reborn

51n2MH+XIML__SX382_BO1,204,203,200_I’ve made up my mind.  I’m going to learn how to Reborn so I can create this doll, originally sculpted by Linda Murray. https://www.macphersoncrafts.com/en/online-store/reborn-doll-kits/chloe-by-linda-murray-detail

As mentioned, Linda Murray is my favorite doll artist.  My Evangeline from Ashton Drake was originally sculpted by her.

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I’m going to start with a cheap Reborn kit to learn how, just needs to be an open-eye doll I can hand-root hair with.  I’ll start that in September.  It’s scary.  But, I really, really want to learn how and that desire has stayed with me for a year now, so it must be real.  Unlike, say, hang-gliding or something.

In other news, our RV is almost here, so I need to solidify my plans to put this blog in summertime mode through about mid-August.

Doll Artists…

0301811001…are like authors.  You quickly find your favorites, though you might love a lot of them.  I am amazed by a lot of dolls, but I would not own most of them.  Why?  Well, I have favorite books that I must always have on hand and near me, because I love them so much.  And the others I don’t.  Same thing.  Like books, if you find a doll you love there’s a good chance the artist will have more dolls you love.  Or she might be associated with another artists you’ll love too.  You’ll quickly learn to recognize a doll as being created by a certain artist, just like you’d know a random story snippet by a favorite author.  Collectible dolls are expensive, so you don’t want to buy one impulsively.  Take your time.  Linda Murray is my favorite doll artist.  She created the sculpt for my Evangeline, also known as “A Moment in My Arms, Forever in My Heart” by Ashton Drake.

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Linda Murray –  http://thecradle.eu/

Ashton Drake – http://www.ashtondrake.com/

I love Reborn dolls, but I’m not emotionally ready to own one yet.  They’re too realistic for me and make me think of deceased infants.  One day I may mature beyond that though.  Here’s a link if you want to know more about them- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reborn_doll

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https://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Babies-Reborn-Doll-Making/dp/1411678230/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1497970812&sr=1-1&keywords=Beautiful+Babies%3A+The+Art+of+Reborn+Doll+Making.

Why am I thinking about this right now?  Well, I’ve ordered one of my daughter’s her first Ashton Drake doll.  Although she insists this is what she wants, I suspect I may still be more excited than her.

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A Doll for Christmas

bunnyhugs.jpgI have a book to review for you.  It’s romantic suspense.  And it’s around here somewhere, I just know it.  Tiny little thing.  I will find it.  Promise.

Until I do, I just wanted to show you the doll I’m getting for Christmas.  I’m a collector, you know.  I’m going to name her ‘Merrily,’ as in ‘Merrily, merrily, Christmas bells are ringing.’  http://www.ashtondrake.com/products/302114001_linda-murray-baby-doll-with-plush.html?searchTerm=bunny+hugs&N=9047&canonicalUrl=%2Fsearch%2Fbunny%2Bhugs.html

I always *strongly recommend* that you watch a YouTube video of any doll you order that you cannot see in real life.  This is because a doll is a *three-dimensional* art form, a sculpture.  What she looks like in real life will be very different from what she looks like in a *two-dimensional* picture.  You can see the Bunny Hugs doll’s face at about 2:00 minutes into the following video.  It’s always the face which sells me.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pc3wQ8vSDls&t=148s

At the moment, I have Evangeline who is a ‘Moment in My Arms, Forever in My Heart’ doll.  I have a JC Toys doll my mother gave me, but I don’t have her picture and I still need to do some restoration work on her.  I also have a Chatty Cathy doll who is over fifty years old who needs to be completely restored.  This is Evangeline and her link is below the picture.

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http://www.ashtondrake.com/products/301811001_realistic-baby-doll.html?searchTerm=moment+in+my+arms&N=9047&canonicalUrl=%2Fsearch%2Fmoment%2Bin%2Bmy%2Barms.html

By the way, I have a story in the works based on the true story of how my mother-in-law escaped East Germany after World War II.  She was a little girl at the time and lost her beloved doll in the process.

My Favorite Doll Resources

*I need to remake the posting schedule again.  I’ve found it difficult to have a book review posted by Friday.  I’m going to switch it to Saturdays or Mondays.  I know Saturdays would be best for marketing purposes, but it might not work out.  They take more work than other posts.*

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http://katherinescollection.com/angels-dolls/

I’ve always loved dolls.  Up until recently, I collected angel dolls.  Now, I collect baby dolls.  The appeal is two-fold.  I have a very visual imagination, so the dolls are three-dimensional art to me.  Sculpture.  I love sculpture.

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http://musee.louvre.fr/oal/psyche/psyche_acc_en.html

Now that my real babies are mostly bigger than me, baby dolls are sweet reminders of those joyous days when I held my real babies in my arms.  I have one baby doll of my very own.

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http://www.ashtondrake.com/products/301811001_realistic-baby-doll.html?N=9047+9040+9044+9037+9038+9037

She looks like my eldest daughter as a baby.

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She cheers me up just looking at her.  Also, she’s weighted and feels like a real baby when I hold her too.

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I find myself searching for dolls which resemble the babies in my stories too.  I always have babies in my stories.  In case you haven’t noticed, I’m kind of a baby fanatic.  Get used to it.

 

 

So anyway, I’ve been musing over the next book in the Vintage Heart series which is centered on Bobby, the most important secondary character in A Vintage Heart in Hollywood.  It’s called Bobby Ever After.  He has two sons from previous relationships and falls in love with Rachel who has a daughter from her failed first marriage.  I couldn’t help but wonder what their baby together would look like.

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http://www.ashtondrake.com/products/302603001_ping-lau-lifelike-asian-american-baby-doll.html

I named her Masako after the Crown Princess of Japan.  Bobby is Japanese American.

This is the doll my third born daughter has picked out for her birthday present.  I think JC Toys has the best quality baby dolls for children under eight.

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http://www.jctoys.com/default.asp

I bought this doll for my mother.  It’s a high quality doll, but much more durable than Ashton Drake dolls.  I chose it for her because she has small great-grandchildren who0510-2 want to play with her dolls.

 

 

http://www.adoraplay.com/20-inch-toddler-baby-doll-for-kids-play-froggy-fun-boy.html

 

Now, I need to find the perfect doll for my second born daughter’s birthday.  She wants an Ashton Drake, but otherwise a surprise.  I like surprises too.

I like to restore dolls and give them away.  You can find lots of resources on how to restore dolls on YouTube, like this one on fixing their hair.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pAiYSktHWo

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Finally, if you want to buy a new doll, you’ll see that they’re quite expensive.  They’re also three-dimensional, so the actual doll looks different than what you see in the two-dimensional picture.  For these reasons, I strongly suggest that you watch all the YouTube videos that you can on the doll you want.  Here’s one which helped me decide to buy my Evangeline-