Your Portrait or Look A Like doll will be created in porcelain in the likeness of the individual pictured in the submitted photograph. A portrait doll is much like a painting that represents the artist’s interpretation of the subject. The dolls are not an exact duplicate of the individual nor are they a hand sculptured statue of the subject.
Portrait dolls are created utilizing existing porcelain doll molds. This allows limited flexibility in capturing every detail that might or might not be apparent in the reference photo. One example may be a smile or expression appearing in the reference photo that might not be possible to duplicate in the doll. The doll artisan will always do her best to capture the facial features such as dimples and freckles and general face shape.
Another example might be the color or texture of hair. While we will come as close as possible, there are only so many shades of each color and styles available in doll wigs. While discussing hair, I should also point out that doll wigs, due to their construction, tend to be quite “full” and cannot accurately represent a “thin head of hair”. When possible, we can use human hair wigs which are more customizable. Human hair wigs are more expensive and the customer will incur the extra charge for this option.
Finally, teeth, and some open mouth poses can represent construction and finishing problems, and may require some latitude from the photograph. I will do my best, but must work within the limits I have outlined here.
Average cost of portrait dolls vary according to size and complexity of the subject; prices range from $125 to $800. The following examples are the costs estimated for different size dolls: 20" Infant (opened eyes) $250; 22-24” Toddler $275; 14" young child (porcelain body) $275; 18” young child (porcelain body) $300; 16” young female (porcelain body) $325; 16" bride (porcelain body) starting at $500. Pricing for the clothing could increase the dolls cost significantly if the clothing requires specialty fabrics and/or embelishiments. Dolls have porcelain head, torso, hands,and legs. Once you submit a photo, I will provide an exact price for your desired portrait doll. A $75 non-refundable deposit is required before work is started on your doll. The price field here is for the non-refundable deposit only. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for your doll to be created. If you are requesting this doll for Christmas, please note these dates : Last date for guaranteed Christmas delivery is October 31. If we have a small number of orders that date may be pushed back to November 10. NOTE: For infant dolls, you may request that they not be clothed, so you can put a child’s special outfit on the doll. Infant dolls take 3 to 6 month baby clothes. 19” Sleeping infants take premie outfits. Additional Info