Artist creates hyperrealistic baby dolls out of silicone to help grieving parents

Susan Gibbs is the artist behind Dizon Designs & Doll Works. She makes hyperrealistic reborn dolls out of silicone to “bring so much joy to people of all ages.”

“I always loved dolls when I was little and I wished they made them more realistic,” Gibbs told Daily Mail. “I saw reborns for the first time in 2009 and I couldn’t believe how real they looked. I purchased my first one that same year, then added two more after a couple of months. I realized they were expensive dolls to collect, so I tried my hand at making them myself.”

Gibbs made the dolls just for family and friends at first. But after seeing the response she got, she began to sell them and even teach others how to create them.

The artist’s TikTok highlights her artistic process and the final products. She doesn’t do custom orders; she simply sells what she creates.

In one video, Gibbs featured a chubby-cheeked baby boy doll that looked like he was sound asleep. At first glance, the doll looks like a real, breathing child.

It usually takes Gibbs four weeks to create the hyperrealistic skin for her dolls and 30 hours to paint the details, like each hair follicle.

Some people collect Gibbs’ dolls as a hobby, while others use them for therapeutic processes.

“Most of these dolls are used as therapy tools in nursing homes,” Gibbs told Daily Mail. “Some are memorial dolls for mothers who have lost their babies or had a miscarriage. While some are just collectors’ items. They are also used as special effects props in the film industry, especially birthing scenes.”

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