Sondra GREENE stole pictures of Lovelyn from my website and then photo shopped a safety picture into one of them ! She has done this with other dolls too mainly full body silicone dolls .. She is trying to scam money from you as she does NOT have these dolls in her possession .. I have the picture she is using and that she photo shopped a fake safety picture into below and my Lovelyn picture for reference although she lives with her mum Eden who can be found on my happy mums page ... Sondra has tried to cover her tracks by saying that she bought the doll off eBay but Lovelyn went directly to her mum from my studio. And still lives there now ! Don't get caught out by her !
Beware of COUNTERFEIT CHINESE DOLL KITS & ILLEGALLY MOULDED DOLL KITS BEING PRODUCED INTO SILICONE !!
If you have read previous articles on here you will be aware that China have been illegally reproducing doll kits and selling them " badly " already reborn ( these are not true artist reborns these are mass produced in factories by people with little to no real interest in our industry other than MONEY and obtaining it unlawfully ! WELL It has recently become evident that China has stolen some of the limited edition doll kit sculpts and are producing poorly made copies ! If you are new to this art and think you are getting a bargain .. THINK AGAIN
If you purchase one of these kits and try to pass it off as an original to make money you will be exposed here too !
The doll industry is like a huge family and if you have been an artist or collector for many years you will have worked hard to form friendships with your fellow artists / collectors - like with any family we look out for each other and it's with that in mind I bring you this sad and extremely angering news!
If you have just entered into the reborn world you may not be aware of the origins or processes sculptors embark on to have there amazing sculpts turned into vinyl kits for artists to bring to life . Let me enlighten you ...
A sculptor will spend YEARS learning to sculpt life like babies from a block of clay , they will put there blood sweat and tears into sculpting a baby for us artists to be able to use our creativity to bring to life .. Once the sculptor has finished there creation they will then seek out a company to produce there sculpt into a vinyl kit , this process costs thousands of pounds ! An investment many artists save for ! Imagine it's your hard work your creative talent ...
What then happens is that company you trusted REPRODUCES your kit WITHOUT your permission and PROFITS from YOUR creation !
This is what has happened to the list of sculptors below and WE ( I say we referring to my artist family) HAVE to stick together and stop this !
The Chinese company that has been reproducing these sculpts illegally has now started buying limited edition kits , moulding them and producing them !
This affects the sculptor the artist and the disearning collector , as we are now unsure of what's real and what's fake ... But there are things to look out for !
A limited edition kit will ALWAYS come with a signed and numbered certificate , if you find the seller has " lost" the certificate AVOID . No true artist/ seller would misplace the very thing that makes the doll they paid a lot of money and waited hours for pre orders to become available for , as it's that certificate that makes your doll unique !
Chinese copies will be smaller than the originals ( to the point they look out of proportion ) this is due to the shrinkage when mass producing kits .
HEALTH HAZARDS There are no measures in place in CHINA to ensure you are receiving a kit that has been certified safe for the consumer .. If you hear set these dolls or just handle them DO YOZu KNOW WHAT IS IN THEM .
Another obvious sign is PRICE if a kit seems to good to be true IT IS !
Your probably thinking well why shouldn't I buy the kit I like for a fraction of the cost !
Because it's in ethical it's stealing from the artists who have earnt every penny ! It's a Kick in the teeth to your fellow artists and damn right RUDE !
To be part of this industry and to grow your reputation lining the pockets of the very people who have stolen from your fellow artists will not go down well !
Another VERY obvious way to spot these kits especially if they have been factory reborn is by the adverts themselves - most adverts condradict themselves and are almost always advertised as " soft silicone vinyl" silicone vinyl does not exist !
The price is another obvious factor to watch for like with anything bought on the black market ! These people are selling " fully reborn " dolls, leading you to believe this is what a reborn is ... UNTIL you have seen a REAL artists Reborn you won't know just how ripped off you've been !
Here is the list of ARTISTS who have had there kits reproduced - this is to help you in determining real from fake !
LINDA MURRAY - THE CRADLE KITS
It's important you know that an authentic cradle kit will always have a certificate ( I will not add a picture as we don't want the Chinese getting there hands on them ) but they have the cradle Logo as below - also most cradle kits come in a cradle box with a beige doe suede body and tummy plate / torso see below
To be continued .... Gathering evidence please feel free to add any evidence here including links !
Melody Hess has had 2 Kits reproduced gianna and Stella ( pictures below )
Elly Knoops has a very distinctive sculpting technique and it's not difficult to spot her sculpts
Karola Wegerich has had her Limited Edition EXTREMELY sought after kit Frodolin copied - these dolls have an extremely small head compared to the ORIGINAL doll kits ! We believe this kit has been purchased and moulded by the Chinese to produce !
If i didnt sell my reborns i would still continue to make them ,as an artist i couldnt think of a better way to express myself in my art ,This is the Art ive been searching for all my life and now i bring it to you from my heart .