* many ask what they can use to repair their tin silicone for a temporary solution or fix. Best silicone is SilPoxy by Smooth-On. It’s expensive but does the trick for gluing rips or tears on tin. Sometimes fish tank silicone caulk at Walmart works great too. Should smell like vinegar.
EcoFlex, Dragon Skin, Plat-sil, Rebound are all types of Platinum Silicone and are used for many molding, casting and pouring purposes. Most dolls today are poured in EcoFlex.
Someone asked me to write a piece on the feel of the different shore or what is termed Durometer Shore Hardness scale
50 shore ~ like a hard bendable eraser
30 shore ~ like squishing the palm of your hand or a gel insert for your shoes
20 shore ~ like squishing the fat pad between your thumb and forefinger
10 shore ~ like squishing your ear lobe or a gummy bear
Marshmellow ~ like a memory foam pillow or mattress
A rainy day with Netflix on but the volume is on low, nope…lol, just joking.. sort of.
Additional Info: I’ve had questions about painting and it sticking. Why won’t my paint stick? So there could be a few reasons. Are you painting tin? Cause your platinum silicone won’t stick. End of discussion, lol
Has your piece been properly prepped and washed? Silicone Pieces sometimes have release mold on them and can’t be painted until they are properly prepped.
Do you have oils on your hands? Do you have anything with latex around? Silicone paint won’t stick if there is oil, dirt or latex on the surface.
Is your paint bad? Well, one way to tell is, if you paint is curing in its pot, it’s not. If it’s still wet after even an hour, it’s no good.
Did you mix the right ratio of A and B? Exact amounts of equal proportions.
When you thin down your silicone paint it loses its strength.. maybe, don’t make your paints too thin.
Silicone cures (dries) shiny. Matting dulls the paint to a matte. Most silicone mattes come in the form of powder. Matting silicone is done at the last stage of painting a silicone doll and is maybe the most cumbersome, death-defying stage of the whole process. It can make your baby alive or can ruin all your hard work and thousands of dollars worth of silicone baby… just in the matte.
- When you pick your baby up support them by the head and a hand on their back, never let the head tip back. If the silicone is Eco 20-30, the silicone can slip from the rings or joints.
- DO NOT pick them up by the arms or legs, they will tear or come loose if a cloth body or rip the seam in the armpit of a silicone. IF the baby is 20-10 shore, the joints of the baby will tear easier. DO NOT pull or tug on arms or legs. IT CAN RIP AT JOINT.
- DO NOT force your Silicones arms into a position they will not comfortably go, this can cause tearing under the arms or inside near the elbows.
- DO NOT force the legs into a full sitting position this can also cause tears, do not bend the legs forwards at the knees as it can tear behind the knees.
- Be careful with your silicone’s hair, it is not sealed on the inside so some shedding will occur over time, if you ‘play ‘ with your baby then you will expect some hair loss. Brush gently.
- If your baby becomes a little ‘fluffy’ nearly all silicones will eventually attract dust and fluff, you can use a good quality makeup blush brush to dust off your baby and then brush over a fine layer of baby powder or matting powder) if your baby has any shine or makes dressing them easier. Usually, a little bit of tape over the skin will pick up any lint, as well.
- Some say it is all right to bathe your silicone and some do not recommend it. I do not recommend it. If you choose to, do not do it too often. It could wreck your matte or paint (not the sculpts). Rinse well, do not rub hard or you can damage the paint. NEVER RUB YOUR SILICONE.
- Dry your baby carefully, pat dry, then leave on the towel and air dry fully, using a cotton bud make sure all the water is out of the ears, behind the ears and around the eyes, for open mouth babies make sure the inside of the mouth is dry.
- Do not pick or scratch or rub your babies skin. This will affect the paint.
- Continually rubbing, sliding (in and out of a pacifier) or touching (oily fingers) can cause the silicone to get a shiny spot or a paint rub.
- When dressing you can wrap the limbs with saran wrap first and then dress. It will allow the cloth to slide along the limbs easier and save the life of your paint.
- DO NOT use baby lotions on your baby.
- All Silicones have slight imperfections this is normal and is part of the OOAK making, mold making, casting and pouring and putting your baby together.
- When using a pacifier, do not use a nipple/teat that is too large for your silicones mouth as it will stretch it. Gently place one pinky in the mouth and lightly pull open. Insert pacifier.
- Do not leave a magnetic dummy/pacifier on for long periods of time as this can dent the silicone.
- Make sure all dark and bright dyed clothing has been prewashed to prevent any staining on your silicone. Sometimes even after washing dark clothes, they will still stain. This also goes for anything they may come in contact with that is dark.
- Try not to powder areas of the doll that are meant to be wet or shiny looking. ie. lips, nails, eyelids. It will take away the shine that is meant to be there.
- DO NOT use any latex products with your silicones, either sponges to paint, gloves or latex pillows, some baby pillows and mattresses are latex so its best to check as it will react with the silicone.
- Do not leave your silicones laying/sitting on a hard surface for too long. It can flatten the silicone.
- Do not leave a magnetic pacifier in one spot on the mouth for too long, it can dent the silicone. Softer the silicone, the more risk.
- DO NOT jam your finger (or let anyone else) into your baby’s mouth as the corners can quickly be split ~ tip by Laura Tuzio Ross
- If you have a drink and wet baby only use water to feed your baby. Otherwise, it could cause mold and mildew in your baby’s insides.
- Even though one can make their paint as permanent as it can be, paint and matting on silicone dolls can be rubbed off if rubbed too hard or too often. They are not vinyl dolls and should not be handled as such. Their paint is still delicate and should be treated and touched with care.
If you are buying a baby to play with, play with them! It’s fun and wonderful and that is why you bought it. If it’s more of a collector’s item and you want to spend more money, then placing them in a glass shelf is fun too. I prefer my dolls looking sweet in their cradles.. not handled much but wearing the CUTEST outfits I can find.
My personal opinions and pet peeves?????
I don’t think silicone babies should be bathed… rubbing on the paint only wears on them.
I cringe every time I see someone squeeze silicone babies cheeks and hands and mouths… I just worry about the paint and matte. That is me.
The in and out of a pacifier could wear on the lips of a silicone baby’s paint… again, I worry about the finish.
So here it is. All of this information is MY opinions, MY research, MY experience. Others may and will have different methods and ideas and thoughts. But this all has worked for me over my 14 years of experience. If you have any questions, write me and I will answer them the best I can and then add them to this list. We need to be informed before our purchases and we need to be informing of the dolls we are creating.
Many hugs, KrisC