My daughter is working on her senior project and has decided to base it on reborning from the cost of purchase for every needed supply (even the one time only purchases like full spectrum lamp and convection oven), to each step of the reborning process (including cleaning to varnish and rooting), to the photos, layette, marketing and shipping of the doll. It is a semester long project, during which she will paint a doll (her first) to present with her posterboard project. I was hoping we could generate a list of things for her to consider in case we’ve missed any aspects. Thanks in advance!
What a great idea!
Good luck to her! I also did a reborn related project in high school and I got 100% I think mostly because my teacher was amazed by the (very poor quality) doll that I made lol
Like supply lists?
She will show a loss for the first doll having to buy so much. She might want to make two so she can show how different a business can be if you own your own equipment. An interesting aspect to me.
Yes, a supply list as well as marketing costs for different platforms. She will obviously not be selling her first baby, but she should be able to show her fellow students and teachers the options and a price breakdown.
I already have nearly everything she will need, short of a layette. She does need to show how much each item would cost, though she can state that she is using pre-existing supplies. She has a second kit that she can paint as well, but I worry that her autism, learning disability, and trying to stay caught up in her other classes (even though they’re homeschool/distance ed classes) might be a bit overwhelming for her. I guess we can just see how it goes though. Perhaps she will take to reborning like a fish to water. She’s very artistically inclined.
I wonder if you might be willing to offer her any tips, as you’ve been through something similar (and somewhat recently, if I’m not mistaken) I’m hoping to get her to join the forum as there are so many helpful people here and she may feel more independent if she is hearing from people other than just mom about her reborning abilities, tips, and tricks.
This may help, it is a starter kit there is preemie, ethnic, and newborn they seem to all be $129.95
You still need to buy a kit, body, plugs, rings, zip ties, stuffing, eyes, nail clippers, tweezers, paint thinner, paper towels, drying rack, nuwave oven (or cheaper convection oven), satin/matte varnish, more glass beads, etc.
(when I started I made a list of things I needed from the starter set and bought them separately. Then I didn’t have things I wouldn’t use)
Most children with autism excel in other areas. My granddaughter memorized everything. She can say and sing every word to every Disney move she’s ever seen. She does really good in school. It’s almost like photo memory.
Sure! I worked on the doll in between all my other school work. Mine was a few years ago now but I still remember everything. I made the doll for a project in my Native Studies class to go along with a project I was doing about the role of Native children in their communities, So not exactly the same thing she’s doing. But I did a basic breakdown of the supply costs and process in my written report for my teacher.
A quick question from my daughter to all doll artists out there. How many pounds of glass beads do YOU use in a newborn sized doll?
In other news, I haven’t had much luck in getting her to sign up here yet. Maybe once school is out she will be a bit less stressed about all of it.
Around 3lbs generally, I like them to feel good and not be too heavy. And when you add in the weight of the kit itself they usually end up around 3.5 - 4 lbs
Same thing for me mine weigh total about 4lbs some odd ounces. Smaller reborns like twins I weigh about 3.5 lbs total. Never have weighed the glass beads separate though.
I also want to add that I go by feel, not by actual weight so I don’t really keep track of how much I’m using.