Right around the time that my doll preferences started shifting towards child and fashion dolls, the "reborn" phenomenon emerged. The process of "reborning" (terrible word, if you ask me) originally involved taking an inexpensive play baby, like a Berenguer, and making it over to look more realistic. The makeover could include a new coat of paint, new eyes, new hair, or even a new weighted body--many of the things I attempted in the My Twinn Project. However, as reborning became more and more popular, several well-known artists and doll companies began offering unpainted doll kits (basically just vinyl heads and limbs) to replace play dolls as the starting point for this process. I've re-painted and re-wigged a few $15 Berenguer play dolls in my day, but I've never purchased one of these premium doll kits...until now!
My mission in this series is to complete a popular doll kit--the "Saskia" sculpt by Bonnie Brown. I will attempt to paint this doll, find her some nice eyes, micro-root her hair (ahh! I am so nervous about this part!), assemble her onto a weighted body, and dress her to look cute (that part will be fun). I can tell you already, it's gonna be a bumpy ride.
|"Saskia" by Bonnie Brown.|