Meet Baby #21
FRANCA

born February 21, 2014 at 8:47 p.m.
5 lbs, 2 oz.      19 inches long


Franca is a custom-ordered baby. She lives in Italy.

Because each Heartstrings Nursery baby is an individually hand-crafted,
one-of-a-kind work of art, Franca cannot be duplicated.



Beautiful baby Franca is an incredibly realistic little girl!
 
Franca was lovingly created from Linda Murray's "Bethany" retired silver sculpt.
She has an anatomically correct full torso and 3/4 length limbs.


To achieve Franca's beautiful baby complexion, multiple layers of
Genesis Heat Set Paints were hand-applied, and each layer was baked
to ensure that her baby skin will retain its beautiful detail forever.


Subtle veins, mottled newborn skin, blushing, and tiny capillaries
were painstakingly applied to create the look of a real baby.

Her silky soft chocolate brown Slumberland mohair was micro-rooted by hand,
in a natural growth pattern, one or two strands at a time, with a
fine gauge needle,
sealed from inside with waterproof glue, then cut and styled.

Franca's gorgeous dark newborn blue/grey eyes were individually mouth-blown
by a master artisan in Lauscha, Germany. They have ultra realistic detail.


Long brown lashes were hand-applied, and her 3-dimensional eyebrows
were painted on
with a superfine brush to give them a barely-there appearance.
Her skin and brows were then texturized for incredible realism.


Franca's little girl torso is lined with a jointed, doe suede body.
Her little
limbs, head, and body are weighted

with tiny glass beads and filled with silky soft 100% premium polyester
fiberfill and baby powder wafers, to give her the look, feel,
and sweet smell of a newborn.

Moist looking lips complete with little spit bubbles, a hint of baby tears,
a moist nose, and tiny
manicured fingernails and toenails
add to the realism of this little girl.


Her little nose has been opened, shaded for depth, and backed with purple felt,
to give the appearance of "breathing". She has a magnet behind
her mouth so she can take a modified magnetic pacifier.


Like all Heartstrings Nursery babies, Franca bears the artist's signature.
She traveled home with
her birth certificate signed by the artist,
the sculptor's Certificate of Authenticity, a handmade ID bracelet,

a beautiful layette, and her favorite little stuffed animal.

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Franca's layette includes:


Petit Ami Lavender Day Gown with Matching Bonnet
Little Me 3-piece Footed "Cupcake" Play Outfit with Matching Bib
Carter's Grey and White Zebra Striped Dress and Diaper Cover
with Hot Pink Trim

Monique Hot Pink Shoes and White L
ace Socks
White Hand-Crocheted Booties
Vitamin's Baby Lavender Sleeper
Gerber White Onesie
2 Diapers
Soft Baby Blanket
Hair Accessories
Magnetic Pacifier
Bottle with "formula"
...and some extras


  Scroll down to see more photos of this beautiful little girl.

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