Beck Hannant is the brains behind TD Bear Boutique, where teddy bears can be restuffed and old toys get new parts, is the only doll hospital between the Fraser Coast and Brisbane.
Beck Hannant is the brains behind TD Bear Boutique, where teddy bears can be restuffed and old toys get new parts, is the only doll hospital between the Fraser Coast and Brisbane. Alistair Brightman

Businesswoman helps people build lifelike baby dolls

BUILDING your own lifelike doll, or giving new life to an old one, can now be done out of one of Hervey Bay's newest businesses.

Beck Hannant is the brains behind TD Bear Boutique on Torquay Rd.

The new store, where teddy bears can be restuffed and old toys get new parts, is the only doll hospital between the Fraser Coast and Brisbane.

It also sells designer clothing for children, but the boutique's most unusual drawcard is its reborn doll workshop.

For most people, the lifelike creations can take up to three lessons to create, using kits imported from the United States.

The long, slow process includes painting on wrinkles and a blush in the cheeks and placing each hair.

"Most of them are individually put through," Ms Hannant said.

It could take up to five hours to place the mohair on just one of the tiny limbs.

The idea for the business came after Ms Hannant began making and selling mini-orangutans and chimpanzees using the same kits.

It wasn't long before people were asking for lessons in how to create the dolls themselves.

"It's just something I just love to do," she said.

"It is a unique art."



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