My name is Silvia Sandt and I am living in Niedersachsen, Germany- in the beautiful timber- framed city Celle. All my now-adult children have left home and started their own families in the previous years. I have always been very creative and have sewed, knitted and painted. As being raised up with three brothers, dolls have been my “sisters” during my childhood.
I discovered reborning for myself like many others do: It was just by chance that I came across a Reborn-Doll on Ebay and I was exited right away. At first, I started reborning sporadically, but after attending several courses and workshops I devote every available minute to this hobby. It is a really good compensation for my demanding job in a hospital.
"huch - I thought, there is a baby"
... So the exclamation of acquaintances who entered my "workshop". Target achieved!
My reborn babies are designed to come as close as possible to the look of a newborn human. The "skin" is dyed with Genesis colors to create a translucent "skin", many different layers of paint are applied.
Even the smallest veins shimmer through, as are "birth marks" and sometimes also "semolina grains" to see. Every wrinkle is shaded.
This dyeing process takes several days. The colors are durable by heat and are therefore lightfast, smudge and scratch resistant. The hair is retouched, with the thinnest needle that exists, so that no puncture holes are visible to the naked eye. I use very high quality mohair, which comes closest to the baby fluff.
I chose the most elaborate technique of rooting, the "Directional mono rooting", so only one hair per stitch is used.
Although this technique is very labor intensive, it gives a wonderful hairstyle, which can be moistened and refashioned by the seal inside the head. Of course, when rooting the natural growth direction is considered.
Finger and toe nails are designed naturally, without gloss paint. For each kit, I choose a specially made disc joint body to imitate lifelike baby positions.
For the filling I use glass pellets, fibrefill, baby fat and rubber granulate - this gives the dolls a realistic weight. Thus, in hours of work from a colorless vinyl kit, a nearly lifelike reborn baby doll.
Each step is carried out with great care and attention to detail. Finally, the little ones with new, high-quality clothing lovingly dressed by me.
Reborn dolls are high-quality artist dolls and not suitable for children's hands.
Each doll that is created is unique and therefore unique - there will be no second of it!