Liviana Sirmans is a reborn doll artist, also known as a “reborner” and she makes incredibly lifelike dolls.
Liviana was first exposed to reborn dolls 10 years ago and was so fascinated that she bought one over eBay and being emailing with it’s creator and soon was buying the components and making her very own dolls.
Each reborn doll she makes is unique and finely detailed — even down to having the individual strands of hair micro-rooted.
The vinyl head, arms and legs must be washed to eliminate the grease and accumulation from being touched. After they are completely dried, she begins painting the veins. While the veins on the arms and legs are painted on the outside, the veins in the head are painted from the inside.
Reborn dolls are the rage all over the world. Jayne Seddon has taken reborn to the next level. She not only makes the dolls look like real babies, she spritzes them with a “newborn smell” and some of them have a “breathing” mechanism to make them look as real as possible. In fact, some of her patrons have asked her to make a replica of their own babies (whether deceased or all grown up). In her shop she has a “nursery” with cribs and incubators. The reborns are sent home with their own special birth certificate.
“Jayne is a leader in this field, not only running classes teaching the art but she has also made a step-by-step DVD for people who live further afield.
She teaches people the painstaking process of how to create the vinyl dolls. It can take 40 hours alone just to root the hair (mohair is used because it’s so soft) and painting can take three days as each layer has to be baked separately.
A real labour of love, each doll can take Jayne as long as three months to complete as she fits her other commitments around them.”