My new silicone sculpt Nigel/Nelly won the “People’s Choice” award the “The Doll Show” in June 2021. For a cuddlle baby to win this was so gratifying for me, I am very honoured by the support shown by all those who voted for my work. The display piece showed twin Nigel & Nelly in a picnic basket with a teddy bear picnic scene.
The prototypes have now been sold and I am offering a small number of unpainted kits. Due to starting my masters degree in just a few weeks time I am unable to offer these babies painted, but have several friends who I trust that I can recommend if you need that service too.
Less than an hour to go on the auction for PROTOTYPE SILICONE SWEET DREAMS. Painted by Ruth Annette. Sculpted by Ruth Annette. Cast in silicone by me Ella McK. Current bis is £1600 but expected to go a lot higher. This precious silicone baby is featured in the current edition of Discover Dolls magazine. See Ruths posts to bid (facebook auction)
EDIT 26/7/21 – a lovely home has been found for this little lady.
I have a preloved full silicone baby available due to one of my collectors being terminally ill. This is the third of three babies that I am rehoming for her. Please visit https://ellamck.com/preloved-babies/ to see the images and details.
I’m a firm believer in always learning. As an artist I constantly strive to improve – to make things more realistic, more beautiful, more “robust” and expanding the scope of what I create. Understanding new materials, learning from my peers and pushing myself outside of my creative comfort zone is how I pursue this constant learning.
So in light of this I am very proud to say that I have been successful in being awarded one of the very limited places as a postgraduate at Falmouth University School of Film and Television to study for a masters degree (MA) in prosthetic effects. The 12 month masters course is lead and taught by industry leaders who sculpt, cast, paint, animate, engineer, add animatronics to & apply to actors the highest level of professional silicone work in the world. My lecturers have contributed to the industry in so many inspirational ways – as members of the BAFTA awards committee, and in fact some have won BAFTA and other awards for work on well known productions including Dr Who, Call the Midwife (yes the babies!), Saving Private Ryan and more.
As a masters degree, Ill be pushing the boundaries with new materials and techniques at the cutting edge of hyper realistic creativity in both traditional mediums and new digital sculpture and production. I hope to finish the MA fueled with new ideas to enable me to create more magical babies and creatures, and push the envelope when it comes to teaching and mentoring other artists.
As a result I will no longer be taking on any additional commissions until I have graduated, only completing those that are agreed to formally. I have a few sculpts that are due for release as blank kits in July (be me, or cast by me for other sculptors). I will also be selling some unpainted doll kits from my “stash” (by other artists) that I will not have time to work on. I will make a separate post and listing about those if you are interested in purchasing them.
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If you are interested in knowing more about this exciting course – you can watch a video here:
2020 has been a strange year, but the popularity of silicone babies has been tremendous.
My waiting list for custom babies is now stretching into early 2022. 2021 is totally full.
So what if you had your heart set on one of my babies? You have 3 options……
Customs list for 2022
Consider going onto the customs list for 2022. I’ll be opening this list in March 2021. To secure your spot you would select the kit of your choosing (from my stock or one that I can order from a sculptor) and we will agree a deposit and timescale to suit you. Typically deposits are 25% with the remaining amounts payable over a year.
Keep an eye out for my bonus babies. I’m working on a few which will be completed in my own colour and artistic choices. These are not customisable. When they are ready I will list them here on my site for sale on a first come first served basis. This year I expect to include an Ethon, a teyona boy, a mimi, a Luka and at least one sculpt of my own. I cannot give you any idea on timing as these are fitted around my custom baby commitments. Stay subscribed for email notifications. Typically payment is required in full or a short layaway up to 3 months.
Preloved Babies for immediate availability
Consider a preloved baby. My customers are very careful experienced collectors. When they feel they want to move on to a different size or style of baby I like to help them find the right home for their preloved baby. These are typically the same or a little more than the original price paid as you get the benefit of not having to wait a year, and in almost all cases these are very desirable sold out editions that are not available new. I’ve now added a preloved section to my website to connect buyers and sellers. There are two babies available as I write this message, available for immediate shipping from sellers known to me personally.
Merry Christmas everyone. I hope to finally see many of you in 2021. I’ll leave you with a lovely photo of a baby created by me in 2020 and photographed by his new mum, Stacey Wheeler.
Today’s sweet little hatchling is Lonnie as a boy.
From the adorable 16inch sculpt by Bonnie Sieben and cast by Kristen Englert. I have added a drink and wet system. He is full body silicone in a soft blend ecoflex. He has a tongue and can take a pacifier/dummy.
Although he is preemie in size, he is newborn in style. I have created a peaches and cream newborn, lightly mottled skin tone for him using Enfis Nature Colours. His skin feels soft and realistic finished with Silicone Velvet.
He features German glass eyes with a realistic newborn blue sclera. Hand rooted lashes and hair is HP babylocks. His barely there brows are pixie kissed mohair from local goats and coloured by my daughter.
I’ve had so many people ask me to teach them how to make a silicone baby. I’ve also had many people want to buy a silicone baby but their budget is more for that of a reborn doll.
This new offering enables you to make a silicone cuddle baby for £389* with me helping you along the way in an online tutorial. Everything is included to create the baby – all the products I use myself. The colours and tools that I use and advice on how to use them safely and effectively. I filmed the whole process start to finish of this baby so that you can share in the joy of creating you own little one.
A cuddle baby means the head is silicone and the body is super soft tailored cloth body. These are incredibly lovely to cuddle, but have the benefit of a silicone head and open mouth so that you can give baby a bottle or a dummy/soother/pacifier.
How sweet is this little one? Full body mini silicone fairy (10inch). An original sculpt by Tanya Tkacik. Painted and rooted by me Ella McK and dressed in a custom made set by Tiina Hoddy. It even has little holes for her ears in her hat. Custom glass eyes.
£995 to include one outfit as shown.
To purchase please email firstname.lastname@example.org