There’s nothing more precious than a newborn baby. Their innocent faces and tiny fingers and toes seem so perfect, that many parents wish they could hang on to those moments forever.
All kids grow up eventually, but one woman is helping preserve those cherished first days in the form of intricate, lifelike baby doll figurines.
Camille Allen is an artist from British Colombia who creates one-of-a-kind miniature sculptures of babies.
Each doll has finely detailed features that perfectly capture the essence of a newborn baby.
They are made from a few small lumps of clay, which Camille hand-molds to form the babies’ heads, bodies, and limbs.
The artist stumbled upon the unconventional subject matter thanks to her grandmother-in-law, who used to create similar dolls.
The original dolls were life-sized, but Camille started experimenting with smaller pieces of clay and realized that she preferred the more miniature scale.
She said: “When I held the first tiny baby sculpture in my hand I fell in love with it. I have been making the miniature babies ever since.”
To get the details just right, Camille uses a bright spotlight and special glasses that help her see.
The dolls’ size means that she must work extremely carefully.
Even the smallest fingerprint could ruin hours of hard work.
Camille says: “I definitely must be in a calm, patient frame of mind as it is very detailed and painstaking work.”
Making the process even more challenging — and more special — is the fact that each baby doll is unique and custom-made.
Some are even made-to-order for her customers in advance.
Even though she knows she can’t keep the dolls, Camille says it can be hard to give them up, since they each take on their own unique personalities.
Still, she takes great pride in her work, saying: “I love creating something that didn’t exist before.”
I can’t believe how accurately she captures their little faces! These precious baby dolls clearly take a lot of hard work, talent, and love.
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