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I have written a Guide to Buying Reborn dolls for eBay. Please check it out, and vote, if it was helpful to you :)
I do offer up to 3 months layaway on certain babies. I require a NON REFUNDABLE deposit of usually $150-$200 depending on the kit chosen. This secures your custom slot and allows me to order the kit and supplies needed to start your baby. Once supplies are ordered, and you change your mind, I cannot give a refund on the deposit. The remaining balance will be divided up evenly by your choice of payments (either twice monthly or monthly) and over the time you would like to pay(2 or 3 months). The final payment will have the shipping attached. I ship all babies USPS Priority Insured with Signature Confirmation. Shipping in the US usually runs around $30. I work through Paypal ONLY and will ship baby to a paypal Verified address ONLY.
I do take custom orders, however, there is usually a waiting list of 6-9 months. These babies cost a little more, due to the extra time involved in helping the client to locate the perfect sculpt, additional time in communication and uploading photos--to get the baby just right. Custom orders take approximately 10-12 weeks, depending on the season. I do not take custom orders around Christmas time. A non-refundable deposit is collected and a contract is written and agreed upon to be certain that both parties are on the same 'page".
The starting price of a newborn sized reborn is approximately $750.00. There are hundreds of doll sculpts(the doll or kit-unreborned) to work with, and varying prices for those. A Bountiful Baby kit can cost around $50-75. Some other sculpts can run upward of $200.00 BEFORE they are reborned. Prices depend on the initial start up cost to begin the reborn process. Add into that, the cost of mohair, stuffing and weighting material, limb length, belly plate or torso, eyes, and the clothing. I use only the highest quality products for my babies. My motto is "You get what you pay for". I can work within any budget, however, don't expect to get an eight hundred doll for two hundred dollars. ! Please contact me for custom orders and questions.
???HOW MUCH DO MY REBORN DOLLS COST???...I get asked this several times a day. Roughly between $450 and $1200. A lot of factors go into deciding the price.
*SCULPT/KIT? It depends on what kit you are interested in. Kits can run anywhere from $50-$350 UNREBORNED. A sold out, limited edition(SOLE) and hard to find(HTF) kit will cost more than a Bountiful Baby kit that is around $50. There are thousands of kits available in the reborn world to choose from and they all vary in price for a specific reason. The average price of the kits I use cost around $125-$150.
*EYES? Open eyed or sleeping baby.... I only use German Lausha hand blown glass eyes in my open eyed babies and they alone are $50. So, an awake baby is more costly than a sleeping baby due to the eyes.
*SIZE: a preemie and newborn sized kit will be less than a 6 month or toddler sized kit. The kits, themselves cost more, and the paint, supplies and the time to paint them is more, as well.
*BELLY PLATE: They cost approximately $35-$50 extra depending on the size. It is is one that is anatomically correct or wrap around, this can add to the cost, as well.
*PAINTS: The reborn industry started out using Folk Art acrylic paints and stencil cremes but they would wear off. Genesis Heat Seat Paints (GHSP) came on the scene and were so much better. These paints were made specifically for vinyl. They are pigment paints that are applied in translucent layers and baked.. The heat "sets" the paint, bonding it to the vinyl, making it permanent. My babies take approximately 25-30 layers to achieve the correct skin tone and pigmentation I like them to have. Each layer takes 8 minutes bake time and approximately 10-15 minutes cooling time in between. They are made to last. It is very difficult to remove the paint, even using paint remover. This paint will not fade or scratch off, if set properly. It is expensive. Each jar of paints cost between $6-$15.I have approx. 25 jars of paint and sealers. Brushes are crucial to painting properly....getting into each crease, painting veins and capillaries, painting eyebrows and hair, and mottling the skin. There are different ones for each. I have 30 plus brushes. Some cost upwards of $15 each.
*HAIR: The hair is rooted from the hair of Angora Goats called "mohair". They are white. The hair has to be dyed with a special pigment dye. Recently I have started charging extra for dark haired babies due to the fact that mohair is very difficult to dye a brown-black color. Many sellers do not carry dark mohair and it typically cost more. The mohair I use is top quality and can run from $60-$90 per ounce. (There is cheap "roved" mohair sold like rope on ebay. This is "floor scrapings". I only use actual locks. The hair is the most important part of the baby so I will not go cheap on it. There is Kid, Yearling and Adult Mohair. Kid is the finest and most expensive. It comes from a goats first 2 shearings. A yearling is still fine but not as much as kit, not quite as expensive, comes from the 3rd and 4th shearings. Adult is anything after that. The right "fineness" needs to be appropriate for the kit. You would not want coarse hair on a newborn or fine hair on a toddler.
*ROOTING: The actual rooting, along with the mohair used can make or break a reborn. The needles used range from 36-43 gauge, forked or barbed. The gauge determines the size (the larger #, the smaller needle), the forked needle will only pick up one or two hairs and the barbed needle can pick up a variety. Micro rooting=only one hair per follicle and leaving no holed is done with a 42 or 43 gauge needle. This is done by the experienced artist as the needles are very thin and break easily. The 36 gauge needles will pick up a good bit of hair, if not experienced can be "pluggy" and look horrible. I can take years of rooting for some to learn to micro root.
**I also use other high end product on my babies which cost more .....such as the smallest grit of GLASS BEADS to fill the limbs for softness. I also Individually seal each limb and head to prevent leakage. I use FAUX FLEECE FIBERFILL vs. regular fiberfill as it is softer and does not clump and matte up. I also use a MICRO HEAD CABLE TIE with a stainless steel LOCKING barb to secure the limbs and head. This provides a tight fit and prevents slippage which could cause the limbs or head to fall off. The small head means there is a smaller "bump" at the connection. All limbs are SEALED so there is no leakage of glass beads, not just stuffed on the end with fiberfill.
**Take all of these factors in mind and send me a message with what sculpt you have in mind and some details of what you would like and I will be more than happy to answer any questions you have or quote you a price....Thank you