Ever wish you could accessorize your reborn doll with a milk bottle but don't want to risk it spilling and ruining your doll? Some collectors and artists simply place bottles filled with actual formula in their reborn's crib or nursery; however, this isn't recommended. If the milk spills (which is bound to happen), you run the risk of damaging your reborn doll or their clothing. Besides, real milk begins to spoil in just hours of being left out. A smarter approach is to create a fake milk bottle using ingredients other than your traditional milk or formula.
When it's made correctly, no one will be able to tell that your reborn doll has a fake milk bottle instead of a real one. This is just one more element that adds to your doll's overall realism, which is the ultimate goal for most collectors and artists. Of course, you'll need to carefully create the fake milk using the correct technique to achieve a realistic look. Simply filling up a bottle with some white-colored beverage isn't going to work.
Note: If you don't want to spend the time to make a fake milk bottle, you can choose to purchase one that's already made. There are a number of individuals and stores that sell fake milk bottles on eBay. Personally, though, I prefer creating my own because of the freedom and creativity it allows.
Supplies Needed For Making a Fake Milk Bottle
The first step for making a fake milk bottle is gather all of the necessary supplies. There are several different ways to make a fake milk bottle, all of which require different supplies. The method I'm going to reveal here is arguably one of the easiest ways to make one. It's simple enough so that anyone can successfully create one, which is why I recommend it. As you become more familiar with the process, you can adjust and modify it to better suit your needs.
Gather the following supplies for a fake milk bottle:
- Desired clear baby bottle of your choice (Playtex makes some pretty good bottles).
- Superglue or similar extra-hold glue.
- Bottle of Elmer's Glue.
- Bottle of distilled water.
- About 10 minutes of your free time.
Creating the "Fake Milk"
You might be surprised to learn that most of the milk used in movies and films isn't milk at all, but instead it's a mixture of basic glue and water. It sounds like a yucky combination (it kinda is), but it's pretty easy to create and looks practically identical to real milk. Watered down glue is snow white in color, bubbles when shaken, and it sticks to the sides of a bottle or cup like real milk does. All of these characteristics transform the glue into a realistic milk substitute for your reborn's bottles.
To create the fake milk, start by boiling a small pot of water over the stove. After allowing it to boil for a few minutes, add in one container of basic Elmer's Glue and continue stirring until it's thoroughly dissolved. I recommend using a paint stirrer to mix the water and glue around, as you probably don't want to get any glue on your favorite cooking spatula or wooden spoon.
If the consistency of your solution isn't identical to milk, you may need to add some more glue or water. A liquidy solution will require more glue, while a thick solution requires more water. Make the necessary adjustments by adding the ingredients to achieve a consistency similar to real milk. You can also pour a glass of milk in a cup and place it next to your solution for a more accurate comparison.
Preparing The Milk Bottle
Now that you have the fake milk made, it's time to prepare the bottle. Before pouring it from the pot into the bottle, though, you'll first need to make sure it's properly sealed; otherwise, some of the fake milk solution might leak out and onto your doll.
If your baby bottle has a traditional nipple tip, you'll need to seal it off with a tiny amount of super glue. Simply place a couple drops of super glue on the inside of the nipple and wait for it to dry. This will keep the fake milk inside the bottle so it doesn't come out when the bottle is turned upside down.
With the nipple sealed and secured, go ahead and fill it up about 2/3 of the way full using the fake milk. If you happen to spill any on the outside of the bottle, clean it off with some paper towels.
Next, unscrew the top off your baby bottle and look for the circular sealing ring. For added level of protection, it's recommended that you place a small amount of superglue around this circular sealing ring before attaching the top to your bottle. After applying the glue, quickly screw the top and nipple back onto the bottle and wait for it to dry. When it's done drying, shake the bottle around to ensure none of the fake milk is leaking out.
Enjoy Your New Fake Milk Bottle!
Congratulations, you've now made your own fake milk bottle! You can use these as neat little accessories in cribs, strollers, nurseries, or anywhere you choose to display your reborn doll. It's a relatively simple accessory that's perfect to use with reborn dolls. In fact, you'll likely get compliments from other artists and collectors who see your fake milk bottle (I know I do).
If you have any questions on how to make a fake milk bottle, shoot us an email or drop a comment below. The process is pretty straightforward, but some people may run into issues when making the mixture of fake milk.