A Grimm Baby starts as blank reborn kit – washed clean of factory oils and left to air dry. The design of the kit helps me decide the type of baby it will be – monster, zombie, vampire, fairy changeling, or even foundling human.
Layers upon layers of Genesis Heat Set Paint (GHSP) are used to create lifelike skin tones, veining, and shading. This is a time-consuming process. One baby takes hours to complete as the colors are painstakingly built up in transparent layers.
Next comes blushing, creasing, and mottling for depth. The GHSP paint is permanently heat set using a designated air bake oven.
Unique details such as birthmarks, stork bites, fantasy designs or tattoos, sculpted fangs, dirty nails, rusty screw bolts, and smears of gore & blood are added last, all of which give the little Grimm personality.
Hair may be painted, hand rooted with fine mohair, or be a specially chosen wig glued to the scalp. And then there are the Baldies, with their capillaries, smudges, and funny little bumps and bruises. Eyes are selected – taxidermy, glass, or acrylic doll eyes – and are set for expression and depth.
To finish, a final layer of GHSP matte varnish is pounced on for sealant and texture, a bit of moisture is glossed on the mouth, nose, eyes, and nails, and the limbs and head are weighted and stuffed with extremely fine, clean poly fiberfill, and small glass beads. The limbs are sealed to prevent leakage, and the cloth body is stuffed and weighted with a combination of clean poly fiberfill, enclosed glass beads, and heavy craft pellets and/or stainless steel BB’s.
Every Grimm Baby is checked for weight and balance to ensure posing and realism. My goal is to make my monsters as cuddly as possible for instant bonding.
Grimm Babies come signed and swaddled, with COA and Care Instructions. Adoption fees are posted in the listing. Travel expenses are extra (check under Shipping).
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