Baby orangutans Debra made.
Baby orangutans Debra made. Supplied

Dolls are real charmers

OVER sixty newborn babies and two orangutans; it’s a full house at Debra Munro’s.

But the Rockhampton woman never has to change a nappy.

They are her “reborn” baby dolls; newborn baby look-a-likes which she has created herself.

Debra, 51, began her hobby three years ago when she saw the dolls for sale on Ebay.

She said she thought she could make the collector items herself, so she set off to find out how.

“I did some research and bought a DVD and that’s how my journey began,” she said.

“It’s a great craft thing that brings a lot of pleasure to people of all ages... they make you feel so good just looking at them.”

Made out of vinyl, Debra said the dolls take about a week to complete and involve cooking the vinyl, using heat-activated paint and applying hair to the head one strand at a time.

“It all has to be painted and it takes about eight hours to root a dolls hair,” she said.

“They all have their own facial features.

“It’s a lovely hobby, I love it.”

The dolls are weighted to look and feel like a real baby and cost about $300 to make.

Debra said the materials came in kits that she bought off the internet because there was nothing available in town.

She has won champion reborn artist at local doll shows each year for the past three years and has her own studio.

She calls her work Babies To Cherish Forever and said she would love to teach the skill to others.

“I just like doing it and as long as I get my money back and get another kit I’m happy.

Debra loves creating the dolls because, “everyone loves a baby” and she loved to “bring them to life”.



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