Teresa Rutton, a Native from The UK, began creating dolls after she lost her son. The mother-of-three says that creating “reborn dolls” helped her deal with her own grief. Her son was 21 when he committed suicide. Now, Russon makes babies for couples who have lost children.
Teresa’s dolls are made of a silicon and vinyl blend. They are painted and cooked in an oven for several eight-minute intervals and then assembled for their owners. Certain dolls can take up to six months to make because the silicone is very expensive. She charges more for them which could cost up to $550.
It worth every penny for a lot of parents who misses their children and want them to be there…physically….in some way.
“For me my most challenging baby to create was one from America, where the lady sent me pictures of her child in a coffin to make sure every detail was precise. I worked with her for around six months trying to get everything from the skin tone to her child’s small birth marks correct. She wanted me to recreate her child who tragically had died, it may seem unusual but it really helped her to move on with her life. Even now, years on she sends me pictures of herself and the reborn doll wherever she goes, even on the beach. Knowing that I’ve helped her and nearly 300 people makes all the long hours painting day and night worth it.”
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