Color #2 (Baby Skin). This color is an all over color that brings depth to the skin tone. Thin this color to the consistency of watercolor. Use a mop brush to dab this color onto a cosmetic wedge lightly. Now take the wedge and lightly pounce the color all over the doll. Keep pouncing the paint until you achieve an even tiny pin-dot look to the skin. If your baby looks chalky you have added to much paint and will want to dab a cosmetic wedge into straight Mineral Spirits and pounce over the paint to remove the excess. You can also use Mineral Spirits to remove any areas of paint that you are not happy with to redo them.
Bake: At this point, we recommend baking so that you do not ruin the tiny pin dot skin tone you have created. Bake at 260 - 265 F for 8-10 minutes. Use an oven thermometer to make sure it does not get too hot. Place the vinyl parts on a baking dish in a bed of poly-fil. I would have a couple inches of thickness between the parts and the bottom or sides of the pan to prevent melting. Never leave your doll unattended while baking.
- Use an accurate oven thermomoter and a timer when baking the doll. Do not trust your regular oven thermometer, as they are often very inaccurate! Bountiful Baby sells oven thermometers, if you need one.
- Have your oven be exclusively for the use of Genesis paints. Do not also bake food in the oven, or otherwise use it for any other purposes.
- We recommend that you use a special type of oven called a "convection oven" for heat setting Genesis paints, because it heats more uniformly and without "hot spots". At Bountiful Baby, we use a convection oven that we bought at WalMart for $200. If you use some other type of oven, it could result in overheated "hot spots" in/on your vinyl parts, with the associated fuming risks of overheated vinyl. This applies to toaster ovens, roaster ovens, or any other electric or gas oven. We recommend that you do not use them-- that you use a dedicated convection oven instead.
- Put your convection oven in a well-ventilated place. If you "overbake" vinyl, it will emit fumes, as any overheated vinyl will do. So be careful not to set the temperature too high, or to let it bake too long. And take suitable ventilation precautions. Even if it doesn’t burn, hot vinyl fumes have the potential to be toxic.
- We recommend that you use "test parts" to initially set your oven temperature and baking time. Test parts are available from Bountiful Baby at a very nominal cost.
- Remember, you only want to heat the vinyl sufficiently to cure the Genesis paint, and nothing more! It is your responsibility to reach that point, and not exceed it.