Cosmic Encounters Nursery

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you take custom orders? - Rarely and limitedly. I only take a limited number of custom orders and have a waiting list with scheduled start dates for orders. To see if I am currently taking orders, please visit the "Custom Orders" page for information about availability. I sometimes offer customization of dolls that I already plan on making. Please visit the "Coming Soon" page to see if there is a customizable doll that you would like to claim.

  • Who are the dolls for? What is the purpose of the dolls? - The majority of the dolls are for doll collectors. They are not really intended for play, but are viewed as art. Most are intended to be able to be held and are weighted to feel like a real baby which can have a therapeutic effect as a natural nurturing response can take place. Some dolls can be made more child friendly, typically smaller dolls with less weighting and without any sculptural adjustments, and made with more handling in mind. These would be considered more like "play dolls" and are usually made with less detail for a less expensive baby doll for a younger collector.

  • How much do your dolls cost? - Please visit the "Custom Orders" page to get a general idea of prices. Readily available dolls can be found on the "Home" page. In general, cost is dependent on size, complexity, material costs, and time spent creating the doll.  When it comes to eBay auctions, it all depends on the bidders. General overall range: $230  to more than $1300.

  • Do you take payment plans? For dolls that are already made: I will accept payments with an initial half of the total cost up front and payments not exceeding 2 months time to pay off the balance. Should you change your mind during that time and not pay off the doll, there will be a $50 charge for having to hold the doll for you when it could have been sold to someone else- consider this a non-refundable deposit as a contract that you will finish paying off the doll as promised. For custom orders already scheduled: (I will accept half up front and half upon completion, OR if there is a waiting list, you can secure your custom order start date with a deposit, then make regular payments starting before and continuing during the creation time of your order. For example, schedule for a start date several months away and start making payments right away and be paid off by the time the order is started or completed. Otherwise, for faster turn around time, dolls should be paid in full or half up front, and the rest as agreed upon. 

  • Do you do silicone dolls? - I am currently exploring doing silicone dolls.

  • Do you take credit cards? - Yes. Credit and debit cards can be accepted through PayPal. You can send me an email if you need help figuring out how to pay through PayPal, but please do not send credit card information in an email to anyone. Paypal has security measures that email does not.

  • Will you copy a doll that someone else did? - No. I will not make a replica of someone else's doll. There are doll kits that reborn artists use and some of them are more suited for certain alternative or fantasy dolls, so there may be some dolls that artists make that may have similar facial features (and/or other sculptural similarities such as the limbs) as a result of that. I will not, however, purposefully copy another artist's doll.

  • Will you re-make a doll that you have done before? - Not completely.  I value uniqueness, so no two dolls are made alike. I may at times make dolls that are very similar to ones I have done before, but I will change something on it to make it unique. Also, each doll is hand-painted; therefore, even similar dolls will be different in some way.

  • Do you do normal human babies? -Yes. I do:-) (See some examples on my "Cosmic Babies" page.)

  • Do you do ethnic babies? - Yes. I will create a baby of any ethnicity you desire. As I mostly create fantasy babies, I have not done as many humans; however, I have come to know how to work with color very well and I have made babies of every color of the rainbow:-)

  • Can you make a baby to look like a photo of a real baby? -I can look for a doll kit that resembles the baby in appearance and paint it to look like the baby. I can also make small sculptural adjustments with polymer clay if desired. See the "Cosmic Babies" page for an example.

  • Can you do a memorial for a miscarriage or stillborn baby? - I would be honored to create a baby to help in the healing process. Smaller sized babies can be made to symbolize a miscarriage or smaller sized infant. I can also make small sculptural adjustments, if desired, to make the infant more realistic. I am not, however, taking any new custom orders.

  • Will you make a doll with a genetic condition or physical anomaly? - I am sometimes asked if I can make a doll that represents a special needs child or a child that has a genetic condition or distinct physical differences and the answer is yes. I would be honored to represent the diversity of humanity in whatever shape, form, or color that may be.

  • Will you do doll repairs? -Not unless it is one that I have created. I do not do re-paints or re-rooting on other artists' work. Some of the babies that I make are fragile due to clay sculpting and if it gets damaged, I will be happy to work on it to repair it for you so long as it is still salvageable.

  • Where are you located? -I am located in the U.S.A. (Texas).

  • Do you ship internationally? -Yes. I use Priority Mail International for any packages that go outside of the United States. Shipping costs are based on size and can be found on the "Prices" page. Please be aware that many countries (such as the UK) will charge you fees for receiving international items based on the value of the items in the package. Therefore, be prepared to pay your country's custom charges which at times can be expensive.

  • How much is shipping in the United States? -For shipping within continental U.S., most newborn sized babies will cost $24 to ship (includes insurance and tracking). Mini babies will be less (around $15), toddlers will be more (around $35 depending on size). Some dolls that have large wings or tails may be more due to needing a larger box size.

  • How do I order a custom doll?* - Dolls are rarely offered as custom orders and done on a very limited basis. Half of the cost of the custom order is due at the beginning before materials will be purchased to start your order, which gets applied toward the overall cost. If you change your mind once materials have been purchased, you do not get the money back. *NOTE: The materials for making reborn dolls is expensive, and therefore, custom orders are not started until a deposit or payment has been received for materials and the materials have arrived. 

  • Will you ship out a doll before it is completely paid for? - No. As like any other purchase, dolls do not get shipped out until fully paid for.

  • Will I see work in progress photos of my custom order? - Yes. I can email you photos so that you can see how your order is coming along. I can also do a work in progress video for you, if requested, so that you can see it from multiple angles.

  • What materials go into making a reborn doll? - Reborn dolls and/or art dolls require multiple specialty materials to create, the cost of which adds up quickly, and they take a lot of time to create as well. Each layer is hand painted and is baked on one at a time. The doll kits used are an art form from sculptors and can be quite costly just for blank pieces of vinyl. Some of the materials involved include: vinyl doll kit (which can generally range from $40 to $200), cloth body (which can range from $10 to $30), poly-fil stuffing, glass beads for weighting (average about $3 per pound), nylon hosiery to hold the weighting material, scenting materials, sometimes specialty clay such as polymer clay and sculpting materials for sculptural adjustments or hand-sculpted babies, sometimes strong magnets for pacifiers or other accessories, mohair (which can also be quite costly averaging $40 for just one ounce of hair), eyes (can range from $10 to more than $50 with an average of about $20), specialty paints and varnish, paint thinner, specialty glues and sealers, blanket and baby clothing... (This doesn't even include all of the tools used in painting and hair rooting such as multiple paintbrushes, multiple sponges, lots of cotton rounds, cotton swabs, rooting needles, etc) In addition to materials, it takes a lot of time to make a reborn baby or art doll. A reborn doll or art doll is a work of art that has a lot of time, energy, and love poured in.

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