Monday, January 30, 2012

WIP -Reborn tiny baby - Marita Winters - Zachy

I was very fortunate to have been able to purchase Marita Winters' tiny Zachy vinyl parts. Marita is such a wonderful artist and a very sweet women. I've always admired her work. Her attention to details is amazing as you can see from the picture that I took of his mini toe nails. This little one will be about nine inches long when completed. He is a tiny bundle of sweetness!!!!!
I have painted and baked all of the pieces including the head five times. The many layers of paint inside and out give his skin depth. Here you can see that the tiny nails have been glazed. The most difficult part for me is the time consuming rooting of the lashes, brows and hair. This rooting needle is so small that it will only pick up one hair at a time. It make it a bit more realistic, especially on such a small baby. That should take hopefully only five or six hours. I'm hoping not to stab myself with the needle this!
I'll post more pictures when I have a little free time.
Special note:
My Soft Body miniature babies are coming along. I hope to have some for my miniature collectors in the coming weeks. I needed to take a little break from using my magnifiers.
Enjoy your week!
Hugs, Morena

Link to Marita Winters' site

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

WIP Reborn Baby Doll - a tiny head

It's taken two days to prepare the head and paint and root to this point. I have opened the nostrils and the mouth using small blades and electric bit sander. Then came the many layers of paint making sure that I added hundreds of tiny veins. There are little white milk spots on the nose and on the cheeks. I've baked this head five times and will use a heat gun to add more details as I go along. You can see that I was also able to start rooting the eyelashes with natural mohair in a honey blond color. This has taken some time with a tiny felting needle. One hair at a time. I have started rooting the hair on this little one's head but it seems that it will take a couple of days to complete. 
I've been thinking about how to use this process with polymer clay. I have this urge to get my hands in some clay right now but, I'll have to wait and complete this before starting something new.  This process is similar to working with china paints on porcelain except that the vinyl absorbs the paint and the light giving it a more realistic skin effect.
Hugs, Morena

WIP Reborn Baby Dolls - a little hand

A tiny hand with glossy nails. Many layers of veining and blushing. I've used a matte varnish to add another layer to the skin texture. Okay, I think I'm ready to  work on this lovely baby's head.
Hugs, Morena

Monday, January 23, 2012

January 2012 - WIP Reborn Baby Dolls

Winter has arrived in New England and there is a biting chill in the air. January is the month to reorganize my work space, order supplies for the new year and learn about new things. I've been teaching myself the art of reborn babies. Working with vinyl is something different for me. I've always worked in porcelain, polymers, fabrics, wood, paperclay etc.....
I like the feel of this material and the effects that can be achieved using many layers of heat set paints. You can see the veining and the skin texture on the vinyl of this newborn doll's leg above. I used a light blue and a warm red paint to achieve this then I stippled a flesh tone over it and then back to the blue veins and warm red. I did this several times heat setting the paint between layers. I'll be working on the limbs today then on to this baby's sweet face. I'll keep you up to date on my progress. The doll parts that I'm using are Kelzie by Cheryl Webber.
Enjoy your day!
Hugs, Morena