Gloss: I use a few different kinds depending on the results I want. For this baby, I selected Ceramacoat Gloss Varnish.
Small lint free cloth
Two sized of paint brushes used just for glossing
Choice of lashes.
To help stabilize the head, I roll up a receiving blanket and place it
in my lap. This keeps the head from rolling and also I can tuck the
edges of the blanket to help tip her head up to get the right angle when
applying the lash or the gloss.
Tip the head....
Hold the lash with the tweezer....
Place it in the correct spot. Many first-time reborners place the lash
in the crease on the lid~this is the WRONG place for you lash. The lash
goes down into the eye, usually all the way back to where the eye meets
the lid, however, it is different with each sculpt.
Use toothpicks and the tweezers to help "set" the lash and gain an idea on the size needed.
Trim the lash in small trimmings until you are happy with the size. You
may trim from either side depending on how the lash looks on the doll.
I trimmed the nasal side of the lash. Place the lash into the eye
pushing the edged of the lash back into the correct place. Notice that I
do not use glue for the lash. We will use the gloss to seal the lash
in. Most pre-made lashes have a bit of two sided glue that helps hold
the lash in place. This glue is NOT enough to hold that lash in for
good on your reborn.
Fill your coffee cup with HOT water, place the brushes in the hot water and pour a pool of gloss in the pallet.
Remove the largest brush from the water and blot it out on the lint free
cloth. Dip in into the well of gloss and steadily let a dollop of the
gloss fall into the center of the eye. Do not use your brush on the eye
ball itself. Let the gloss naturally fall into place. (This is why
you need the rolled up blanket and why you need the head to be laying
down. Adjust the blanket as needed)
Continue to add gloss until the eye is fully covered being careful to
not brush the eye ball. Rinse your brush as needed in this process and
blot with the cloth.
Use the small brush and or a toothpick to help adjust the pools of gloss to be even around the edges of the eye.
There is just a bit more gloss in this eye than desired....
I used the small brush to remove some of the gloss from the nasal side.
I removed the gloss, rinsed and blotted the brush and continued until I
was satisfied with the amount of gloss in the eye. Let the gloss
set for a short time and then use toothpicks to assure that the lash is
placed in the correct place, pushing the lash against the eye lid to
secure it. Be very careful not to touch the eye ball with the
Bring some gloss to the outside crease of the eye and also to the tear duct. This gives your dolls eye a very life-like appeal.
Repeat the procedure for the other lash and eye.
Place the head still in the blanket in a safe area where the head will
not be bumped. Adjust the angle of the head so that the gloss will dry
where you desire it to. Check the eyes often and adjust the head if the
gloss is running in areas you don't want it too. Check for bubbles and
check the lash to make sure that it is in the correct place and that it
is sealing to the eye lid.
For this head, after the gloss dried, I desired more gloss. I added more gloss in the same procedure as above.
Here is the finished result. For newborn babies, I usually add 3-4
layers of gloss but this baby is older so only two were needed.