Taking a reborn doll making class is a fun and rewarding way to learn the reborning process in a hands-on environment. Instead of watching countless hours worth of YouTube videos online, you can see exactly how a professional artist is able to transform a regular vinyl doll into a reborn doll.
If you are a visual learner who needs to see how things are made firsthand, then you should consider signing up for a reborn doll making class. Before you choose the first one you come across, though, keep reading to learn more about how to choose the reborn doll making class that's right for you.
Do I Really Need To Take a Class?
The truth is that just about anyone can purchase a reborn doll kit and turn it into a doll. The modern-day kits available for sale now make the process of turning a regular doll into a reborn a breeze. As long as you can follow some basic instructions, you can use one of these kits to make a doll. With that said, it takes firsthand knowledge and hands-on training to create a truly unique, lifelike reborn doll. This is where the real benefit of taking a reborn doll making class comes into play.
Whether or not you should take a reborn doll making class is a decision that only you can make. Those who are serious about learning the hobby will obviously benefit more from it than someone who simply wants to make a single reborn doll. Ask yourself what you want to get out of the reborning hobby and then make your decision. Personally, I highly recommend taking a class if you plan on reborning multiple dolls.
Choosing The Right Reborn Doll Making Class
Participating in a reborn doll making class can either be a helpful tool for learning tricks of the trade, or it can be a total waste of your time. To ensure you actually learn something, you need to carefully choose a class that's right for you. Check below for more info on choosing the right class.
Here are some things to look for in a reborning class:
- Location - Unless you want to spend countless hours driving, it's recommended that you choose a doll making class in or around your area.
- Price - I've seen classes available for as little as $20 bucks a head, and I've seen them for hundreds of dollars. Contrary to what some people may believe, a higher price doesn't always translate into a better learning experience.
- What's Included - Carefully read the description of a reborning class to see what tools it includes. Most classes require students to bring their kit and paintbrushes. There are some classes, however, that will provide kits and other equipment for an additional fee.
- Day and Time - Of course, you'll want to choose a reborn doll making class that falls somewhere in an opening on your schedule. If you have another job or daily responsibilities, you'll have to choose a class that's timed just right; otherwise, you'll end up paying for a class but not going to it.
- Teacher - Do your homework ahead of time to see who's teaching the class. A quick Google search will likely reveal some of their past work and experience. Having the average "Joe" trying to teach you the art of reborning isn't a good idea.
- Required Skill Level - Most, but not all, reborn doll making classes are intended for people of all skill levels. Some of the more advanced classes, however, may require some knowledge with painting, rooting mohair, etc.
- Number of Lessons - Typically, reborn doll making classes are broken up into multiple lessons. Creating an authentic reborn doll takes well over 20 hours, which is why multiple lessons are used in classes. Check to see how many lessons a class consists of before signing up.
Where To Find a Reborn Doll Making Class
Because the reborn doll hobby is still relatively new in the grand scheme of things, some people may have trouble locating a class in their area. If you live in a rural area that's far away from a major city, your options might be somewhat limited. The good news is that there are classes out there; it's just a matter out locating them.
The easiest way to locate a reborn doll making class around your area is to connect with other artists and collectors. In addition to keeping up with the Reborn Doll Mart's news section, you can also visit some of the popular forums and message boards. One of the elements I find most enjoyable with reborning is the networking and conversations I have with other artists and collectors. Put yourself out there and don't be afraid to ask other people if they know of any classes around your area.
Here are a couple conventions and shows with doll making classes:
- International Reborn Doll Artists Association IDEX
- Doll Maker's Delight
- Down East Doll Show & Conference
- Simply Reborn (UK-based)
Reborn Class Tips
To get the most out of your reborn doll making class, it's important to show up for each and every lesson on time. You have to remember that classes are broken down into separate lessons. If you miss an important lesson, such as hair rooting or painting, chances are you won't be able to create a reborn doll on your own. In the event that you are busy with other obligations and are unable to attend a lesson, talk with the instructor to see if they have "makeup" lessons. At the very least, they will likely give you a brief overview of what you missed.
Another little tip that's sure to help out some beginners is to bring along a pen and notepad for writing down notes. Some people might feel silly showing up to the doll making class with a writing supplies, but trust me it will help out in the long run.