We do not offer any type of short or long term payment methods including lay-a-way, lay buy or financing. However, PayPal does offer this to its users. You can read more about PayPal credit by logging into your PayPal account.
We ship to all 50 states and all US territories. We offer USPS (United States Post Office) and UPS services. If you place an order and choose UPS, we will upgrade to USPS Priority mail when possible. This saves you time. DHL is only for overseas orders.
Dolls so Real ships worldwide. You can choose from USPS (United States Post Office), DHL International Express and in some cases, UPS (United Parcel Service.
ALL postage and shipping is based on weight and package size. Please add all items you are interested in purchasing to your shopping cart and proceed to the check out. You will be given all of your shipping options and prices BEFORE any payment information is required. That way you can stop the order. We use real time carrier prices and do not make profits on shipping/dispatch.
USPS First Class International postage is the least expensive but takes the most time in transit. You cannot insure International First Class mail. This is a "ship at your own risk" option.
USPS Priority International is the most common method used and can be insured and tracked.
DHL International Express is available to many countries and is the fastest way to receive your order. However, please note that shipping via DHL may have import fees added. You will need to check with your local DHL office to get this information.
We try to ship all orders within 36 hours after receiving them. The method of postage/shipping you choose determines how long it will take for your order to arrive to you. Here are some estimates only:
United States and US Territories:
First Class Mail: 3-9 days
Priority Mail: 1-3 days
Express Mail: 1-2 days
UPS Ground: 2-5 days
First Class International: 7-25 days (This cannot be tracked or insured but we have only had a few customers lose packages over the years)
USPS Priority International: 7-14 days (This method can be tracked and insured)
We do not make custom reborn dolls and we cannot recommend any artists that do. We suggest you search Facebook, eBay, YouTube, doll chats or forums. Please remember the old saying "You get what you pay for". If you find a reborn doll for less than $150 - 200.00, you might not like it once you get it. Please ask lots of questions, read reviews, comments and do your research before buying a reborn doll.
We do not offer reborning tutorials, per say. However, there are many many good reborning videos on Youtube that we suggest you start there. You do not need an account to view videos there. Here are some suggestions when navigating Youtube:
Refine your search to a specific topic. If you are looking to learn about the reborning process for doll kits, you can use a more general search phase such as "Reborning" but if you are looking for specific part of reborning such as "Rooting", add that term to the search.
After finding some videos on the topic you need, please check to see the feedback and views of these tutorials. This can save you so much time since you don't want to start one and realize that either the teacher is not a professional or that you do not care for their style.
Always watch a video from beginning to end before trying it yourself. Have the supplies ready before starting.
If a video is promoting a specific product or suggesting specific products, just be sure they are not marketing something and forgetting about the artistry involved with reborning.
Last but not least, have fun! Reborning should be fun for anyone interested in trying it. Anyone can try and you just never know how good you'll be unless you do. Can't and won't never did anything!
Joints are used to connect stuffed cloth arm, legs or stuffed head to a stuffed cloth body to create a moveable joint. You can place the base flange into the arm, leg, head or body, although placing it into the body is preferable.
The base flange with the post is placed inside the body, which has already been stuffed to the armhole level. A very, very small slit is made in the fabric if there is no side seam. If the body won't be seen, it's a good idea to put a bit of Fray-check around the slit. You may also want to make a small "pad" of doubled fabric with a slit in it and put this on the flange before putting the flange in the body.
Once the post is worked through your slit, add small bits of stuffing around the plastic base to soften the contours. Take the middle washer and place it over the post on the outside of the body. Finish stuffing the body.
Take the arm (or leg or head) and match up to the body for placement. Mark the spot where the post from the flange would enter the fabric. Make a slit in the arm fabric, if necessary. Stuff the arm up to the point where the post will enter. Turning the arm partially inside out, push the post through the fabric. Once the placement is where you want it then push the last washer over the post, pushing down until it meets the washer. DO NOT push this last washer down until you are sure it's where you want it because this washer is NOT removable once it's in place. It "snap-locks" closed.
New! All new pacifiers made by Dolls so Real will have a north facing pole so you can use any of our pacifiers with the dolls you make from now on.
To use our hand-made (repurposed) magnetic pacifiers, THERE MUST be a magnet already inside the doll's head before you can use it. If you do not know if there is a magnet already in the head, just place any magnet by the doll's lip and if it attaches or pushes the magnet away, there is one inside. If the magnet just falls, then there is no magnet in the doll's head and you will have to insert one to use our magnetic pacifiers.
If you buy one of our magnetic pacifiers and it pushes away instead of attaching, then the "pole" is not correct and either the magnet inside the head or the pacifier magnet must be turned over.
We include an extra magnet with each pacifier for those of your making the doll from scratch. MAKE SURE THAT THE OPPOSING POLE is inserted to the doll's head correctly so the pacifier will attach to the mouth. You can test this before closing up the doll's head. Questions? Just email us!
The doll industry standard in the USA is to sell doll wigs in English measure of inches. Normally the sizing covers two sizes such as 13-14", 14-15", 16-17" but some are sized 13-15", 16-17.5" and so on. A doll wig size is equal to the circumference of the doll's head in inches (see chart).
To see a chart on how to measure for a doll's wig,