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Lorraine Craill who is well known for her life like baby dolls also makes the most
amazing animal babies.
At first glance you would think these creations are the real deal. Great attention
is given to detail from individually placed hair to the weight. I spent some time
asking Loraine about these animal babies and her life like babies and the other real
life animals she has.
Where did your love for creating these life like baby dolls come from?
“I have always loved babies and when I first noticed these babies on Internet, I
just knew that this is something I should try. Since then I have started painting
these kits and turned them into babies. I cannot get enough of them. This is simply
the best hobby I have ever done and I love each moment of it. Each baby is unique
The prime ape dolls are so life like and cute, are they more of a challenge to make?
“The Chimpanzee, Orangutan and Gorilla are new to the market. The latest is a Pug
Dog. They are popular. They are for sure a challenge as the painting of them are
different toward the doll babies.”
If you could would you like to see these creations in more canine categories?
“Yes, it would be great. The planning is to have a variety available soon.”
What is your favourite Prime ape doll?
“The Gorilla is my favourite at the moment”
What impact does your pets have on your life both professionally and at home?
“I love animals. We have 5 Yorkies and 2 Dashounds. Each one of them has his/her
own personality. I love all of my dogs so much. They have unconditional Love and
are excellent therapy to any person. To see how each one of them play and enjoy
life makes it worth having a pet in your life.
There are a lot of reborn artists in South Africa, what would you recommend people
ask when deciding on buying a life like baby?
“Quality is very important. These reborn babies are unnique and something special.
The joy these babies and the therapy they supply is worth having one or to be able
to give one to someone special in life. You have to look at the quality of the paintwork
and the hair. The lifelike baby should not look like a doll but a baby. That is what
this art is about. The hair should be good quality. You have to look at the body
of the lifelike baby. It should have a good quality material.”
Is there special care needed for the prime ape dolls?
“ Yes, you have to take good care of the Chimpanzee, Orangutan and Gorilla. The hair
deserves extra attentionand care.”
How long does it take to make a life like baby and is there a difference in man hours
when making a prime ape baby?
“It takes up to three weeks to complete a lifelike baby if you want to have an unique
baby that does not look like a doll. I would say that both take about the same time
to complete and to have it turned into a baby or animal.”
Loraine is a stockist of a wide variety of kits and products if you wish to create
your own life like baby on her web site www.lifelikebabies.co.za.
Just be careful because too much exposure can lead to a cuteness overload.
I am still overwhelmed by the realism, one day whilst surfing the internet. I came
across an ad of another reborn baby artist, that showed a picture of a reborn baby
for adoption. One woman commented to my amusement, that how horrible can a person
be, to just give away her baby for R2500,00.
Please remember that just with anything to buy your reborn animal or baby from a
reputable artist that uses the best quality products. Do your homework.