Silicone doll artist
sculpting, moulded, pouring and painting
silicone baby dolls and silicone character dolls.
A little about me:
My name is Carolyn Doughty and I live in the UK.
I has always been passionate about art and crafts ... painting and drawing (oils, pastels, charcoal, acrylic, pencil, pen and ink), cake decorating, needlepoint, glass and silk painting, photography, embossing, scrapbooking, jewellery making ... the list is endless. But my major love was always portraiture, especially children and babies.
In Spring 2011 I found a picture of a reborn baby on the internet. I could not believe it was not a real baby, but a doll. I was utterly fascinated and spent the next 48 hours glued to the internet looking at pictures and by the end of the weekend I had ordered a kit, and all the paints and materials I needed to learn to reborn one of these gorgeous kits.
When the kit arrived, I just sat and looked at it for a day or two, stunned by how beautiful that little baby face was, fascinated by the little fingers and toes. And so began my reborning years.
By 2014 I had quite a few lovely reborns under my belt and if I'm honest was getting a little bored with reborning and it was becoming clear that the market was saturated by so many lovely reborns available.
But then I came across a silicone baby on the internet. Well... I wanted to know how to make these gorgeous babies. It was 2014 and I could find no information at all about how to make a silicone, so I decided to work it out for myself. I went on a mould making residential course, and started to teach myself to sculpt. My first sculpt was dreadful and went in the bin. My second sculpt I was very proud of and went on to make a baby but I was having difficulty with moulds and materials. The next sculpt I was very happy with and I managed to get a dozen or so babies from the mould. I gave away the first half dozen babies, and then sold the rest at a loss. My main focus was to perfect my skills and try and reclaim some of the money I was spending on materials. By my next sculpt I had got it all worked out, but it had cost me a LOT of money in trial and error. But I was starting to get a following and I started my own YouTube channel making videos which helped other artists learn how to make their own silicone babies, and also the facebook group Making Silicone Babies.
In 2016 I met Ja'mir Graham who had been making clay magical people and ball joint dolls and was starting to move into silicone - elves, faeries, dragons. We became firm friends and in 2017 we started working together. I also have an interest in fae babies and we set up Our World of Chi, continuing to make both 'lil humans and chi babies.
We both continue to support new artists wanting to learn the craft, with our YouTube channel and our facebook group Making Silicone Babies.
We have just set up our new online web store selling all the materials you will need to start painting your own silicone baby.