Peter Pan Babies

"For Babies To Love Forever"

~ Reborning Tips & Techniques ~

~ Did you know ~

Palettes and Work Surfaces
Genesis Oil Paints wonít dry when left in the open on a non-porous surface. Use a glass or other non-porous surface such as china, polished marble or porcelain for your palette. The recommended mixing surface is ľ inch glass. Some of the ingredients in Genesis Oil Paints have an affinity for wax and plastic and will migrate into these or other porous surfaces such as wood, leaving the pigment dry and difficult to work. If this happens, remedy by adding Genesis Thinning Medium or Genesis Glazing Medium.

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After mixing a colour you like, you donít need to keep air away to prevent drying, although you should protect it from dust as you would any wet paint. Use clean glass jars for this. Do not cover Genesis Oil Paints with plastic wraps because some of the ingredients may migrate from the paint to the plastic if they touch.

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Genesis Thick Medium
This medium can be mixed with the paint while maintaining the same body. It will function as a colour extender. If a smaller amount of paint is added to the medium the result will be a transparent heavy-bodied mixture. You can add as much Genesis Thick Medium to the paint as desired. 

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Because Genesis Heat Set Paints do not air dry, you do not have to clean your brushes even if you will not be getting back to painting for days, weeks or even months. 

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There are some great online tutorials absolutely FREE! 

Please see the following sites for instructions on Genesis Painting etc.

Site One

(See "Main Menu" for all tutorials)

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Site Two

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Below is a link to complete reborning instructions including painting with Genesis Paints.  Please note, to view the tutorials you will need "Quicktime".  If you do not have the "Quicktime" program there is a link to download it on the site.

Site Three

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Got Milk Bumps?

 

By Angenette Wills of Meant To Be Babies Nursery

 

Babies can develop several skin conditions, including blemishes, pimples, and bumps. One such condition that affects up to 50% of newborns is milia - "milk bumps."  Because this condition affects so many newborns and infants, many reborners choose to add milia to their babies for added realism and 3-D texture. However, there are a few things to consider before "dotting" away on those noses and cheeks.

  1. Age: Milia affects babies age newborn to three months. If reborning a doll older than 3 months of age, adding milia may not be a good idea; even though not all babies get rid of the bumps after three months, most docheeks. However, they can sometimes be found in the mouth and are then called Epstein's pearls. Occasionally, milia are also found on the forehead, upper body, and limbs.
  2. Affected Areas: Milia are generally found on the nose, chin, or upper .
  3. Size and Appearance: Milia are small - only a millimeter or two in size. They are yellow-white "pearls" and if irritated can be surrounded by a small red area.

Perfect Milia

How does one achieve perfect milia? Respected reborner Rebecca Renzhammer suggests trial-and-error for creating your own special technique. However, with the acknowledgement that she received helpful input from other reborners in the ERA guild, Rebecca did pass on that Genesis Flesh 08 and a toothpick works really well. What else will you need? According to a lot of other reborners out there, not much. You are just a toothpick away from perfect milk bumps!

 

 

Materials Needed for Perfect Milia EVERY Time:

 

Genesis Flesh 08

Genesis mixed one shade darker than blush tone

Genesis Matte Varnish

Toothpick or very fine paintbrush

Odorless Thinner

Patience

 

 

Technique

 

Before sealing the skin with Genesis Matte Varnish, mix a pea size amount of the varnish with a similar amount of Genesis paint one shade darker than your blush color. Use only a small amount of thinner. Mix well to a creamy consistency. Roll the bristles of a fine paintbrush in this mixture until the brush is well loaded to a "point" and dab a very small "dot" of this color to the areas where you would like to apply the milk bumps- nose, cheeks, chin. You can also use a toothpick to apply the "dots." Heat set the paint.

Next, mix the same amount of Genesis Flesh 08 and the Genesis Matte Varnish as above. Again, dip in your toothpick or paintbrush and apply a smaller dot on top of the previous dot. If you would like to cover the dot completely, you can, but leaving an outer colored ring gives the "irritated, new skin" look you might like to achieve. Heat set the paint, and then seal the doll as usual with the matte sealer.

Be patient! This technique does take some practice. If your bumps are too big, remove them before heat setting, and start again. And never forget the golden milk bump rule: "less is always more."

 

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3 Easy Steps to a Better Reborn Doll

Reborning is largely the art of creating illusion by giving a realistic appearance. It would naturally follow that this can best be accomplished by using realistic products and practices.

  • 1. Throw away inferior quality eyes.
    This means eyes that have irises with large flecks, dull eyes, overly shiny eyes, and colors not found in nature such as brilliant emerald green. Invest in a quality eye such as the soft glass silicone eyes made by
    Eyeco.
  • 2. NEVER use roving mohair.
    This product is highly chemically processed, lacks shine, is prone to breakage and unsuitable for rooting reborn dolls.
    There is no replacement for clean, quality, COMBED mohair or alpaca.
  •  Avoid comb overs.                                                                                                                                                                                    This is a very common mistake among new artists and easy to avoid.
    Newborns have short hair all over their head. They should NOT have 4" flaps of hair that are combed over the head to cover large areas. Establish a realistic hairline and root short growth within this parameter.

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 The Genesis Thick Medium is great for making 3 dimensional eyebrows that look and feel as though they are actually growing.  Also great for adding texture to lips and tongues.

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If you can get hold of rubbing alcohol it is great to use when cleaning brushes for quick colour changes.  Wipe of excess paint then swirl in the alcohol, wipe and repeat.  The alcohol quickly cleans and will evaporate out of the cleaned brush fast.

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You can also clean brushes by using warm water and dishwashing/washing up liquid. Just make sure to dry your brushes thoroughly after cleaning.

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Using Genesis Thick Medium to mix your eyebrow colour works great for getting 3D effect eyebrows, have eyebrows that look so much better than rooted or even hand painted ones.  They look almost like they are actually growing and have texture when touched.

When using Genesis paints make sure paints do not come in contact with water or moisture.  These will cause the paint to bubble or not adhere properly during curing.

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Some Frequently Asked Quesions about Micro Rooting

Q. What is Micro Rooting?
A. Micro Rooting is the implantation of hairs into the dolls scalp.

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Q. How is it done?
A. By inserting the hair using a fine needle.

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Q. What type of needles do you use?
A. Anything you are comfortable with.  Sizes are 36 gauge to 43 gauge and come in star, triangle and crown. The number of barbs can be from barbless or up to 6 barbs. Most widely used are the 38 gauge crown with one to three barbs.

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Q. How long does this take?
A. Anything from 10-40 hours micro rooting one head, it depends on the density or thickness you are looking for.

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Q. How many hairs in each hole?
A. 1 -3 strands of hair in each hole, A long process, but well worth the time.

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Q. What is the difference between Micro rooting and hand rooting?
A. TRUE micro rooting is just 1 or 2 hairs in each hole.  1 or 2 is ideal with 3 being the most,  any more and you will have hand rooted hair.

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Q. What kind of mohair/hair is used?
A. They come in many types kid angora, angora Mohair, tibetan Lambs wool, Pure silk and human hair.

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Q. Should you be able to see any plugs of hair?
A. With micro rooted hair, you shouldn't see any plugs at all, you should not be able to see where the hair enters the head.

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Micro rooting is an art form in itself, implanting each individual hair forming the most realistic head of baby hair possible, this may be either very sparse or a full head of hair, which ever style is chosen each folicle (hole) should only contain between 1 and 3 hairs, any more than this and you are looking at a head of 'hand rooted' hair not micro rooted.

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