If you’re going to spend hours delicately painting layer after layer of paint, hours detailing and days microrooting the hair, it’s worth the effort to open your reborn’s nostrils to complete the newborn look. This is fairly easy to do, although with most revivals the techniques vary depending on what suits the artist best. There are two most popular ways to open the nostrils, firstly, after baking for the first time, while the head is still warm, gently push a toothpick through the nose, working it in a circular motion to open the nostrils. nostrils to the desired size. This process can be repeated after any of the heatsettings, and it’s recommended to do it at least a couple of times during the rebirth process to ensure they don’t crash again. Another option is to drill out the nose with a file, which can be attached to a power drill or simply hand-held and pushed.
Once you break the vinyl in the nostril, continue filing back and forth until you are satisfied that you have a smooth finish with no sharp edges or rough spots. This method is more effective as it opens up a larger hole and actually removes a certain amount of vinyl rather than just pushing it to the side. If you decide to use the toothpick method it is important that when you are heat setting your final layer you take two bamboo skewers, or similar, the intended width of your nostril and cut them into 4cm long pieces. While your head is still warm, insert them into your nose and leave in place while it cools. Once your doll is attached, they can be removed and will leave a more desirable and permanent nostril on your reborn, in keeping with that of a real newborn. Once you have the hair in place, it is recommended that you cut a small piece of felt, using a darker neutral color, and glue it inside the head behind the nose when you glue the hair in place. This does two things, it will prevent the filler from leaking out or, if the sock containing the glass beads breaks, it will keep it contained within the head. It will also give the nostrils a look of depth, which only adds to the realism. The way you open your reborn’s nose will be something you decide for yourself for what best suits your technique and will evolve over time until you find what works best for you as an artist.