If there is anyone who had brought lifelike silicone babies to the forefront of the reborn doll world, it would have to be Romie Strydom. While there are several talented artists who sculpt these amazingly real looking dolls, no one has created the buzz around them and the incredible selling price and resale value quite like this lovely woman from South Africa!
Romie Strydom began sculpting in 1989 and through hard work has created some of the most beautiful, sold out reborn doll kits. I myself own several of them! They have some of the most dainty and feminine faces I have ever seen.
Two years ago Romie began turning her sculpts into very limited FULL vinyl silicone babies. This is something quite new to the doll world. Hold a full silicone doll and you will see why Romie’s babies have become just about the most coveted dolls out there today. Made of platinum silicone, they mold to your arms and feel exactly like a living baby. TRULY AMAZING! Romie also has the incredible gift of being able to paint these dolls with an authentic, realistic skin tone that is beyond compare…so soft and delicate. These remarkable pieces of art are sold exclusively on Ebay, and it is not uncommon to see one sell for more than $15,000 USD.
Unfortunately, most of us can not afford to buy one of these extremely beautiful dolls, but don’t despair, as her beautiful reborn kits are an amazing bargain today compared to some others. Romie is a prolific artist and frequently is releasing kits in editions from 350-800 in size. And with the specially made body that is enclosed, the approximate $89 per kit is practically a steal! Romie has a new doll kit coming out shortly called Jade. I encourage you all to browse about Romie Strydom’s site. If you are in the US you can obtain these reborn kits from a wonderful dealer, Gina, from noniesangelsnursery.com. Join Romie’s mailing list, found on her site, to be notified of upcoming Ebay silicone sales.
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