Lifelike dolls – Some find them cute and creative. Others find them creepy AF.
Whether you fall into the former or latter category, you’ve got to see these amazing lifelike dolls, crafted with love by a very talented Toowoomba artist.
Newborns are the epitome of perfection – so small, soft and sweet. Too bad they don’t stay this way!
Artist Lainey Picton has discovered a way to stop time and keep a newborn little forever. No, she doesn’t have a magic newborn potion. And, no she doesn’t stuff real babies.
She designs ‘reborns’, realistic life-sized dolls that resemble newborn babies to a tee. From the wrinkles on their feet to the precious poses, her reborns are the same size and weight as a typical newborn. And, unlike real babies, they don’t cry, poo, cluster feed or grow up. Ever.
Lainey had a whole heap of reborns in her collection; however, most have since been adopted out. Her reborns cost from $230 up to $350 and customers will often use them for therapeutic purposes. Some people use these lifelike dolls to help with stress and anxiety, to give them a purpose or to help in the recovery process of losing a child.
“People play with them, cuddle them; you can also buy pacifiers and bottles for them,” Lainey said. “But for others, they just like the look of them and buy them for display purposes only.”
Children of the Corn
Lainey isn’t all about the adorable newborns. Oh no. She is also an expert in “alternative” babies, such as ones inspired by vampires, ones modelled after creepy clowns and ones that look like they just crawled out of the ground.
You know, basically your children’s worst nightmares. With beady eyes, fangs, horns and half-melted facial features, these dolls are definitely not suitable for children. Unless, of course, you want to scar your child for life.
Some of her other “alternative” babies are not so terrifying, like her latest Avatar reborn and Baby Grinch, both of which have found their forever homes with happy customers.
A modern day Pinocchio story
We have to admit, these dolls are INCREDIBLY detailed to say the least. Each doll takes up to three weeks to create as they are all painted by hand. Some have up to 20 layers of paint on them, and they need to be baked between each coat.
Lainey says the alternative babies are a lot easier to make than her reborn collection because she can let her artistic flare take over. But she loves making them all, no matter whether “real” or kooky.
“Some people find them creepy but I find them creative and fun,” she says.
You can check out the entire hand crafted collection over at Shelley’s Reborns on Facebook. And afterwards, why not take a stroll through these horrifying playgrounds that are sure to steal your soul.