It's been a while since I posted here, but the sad truth is that I haven't had time to make much more progress on my doll, and I had a few breakage set-backs (my own fault).
I haven't abandoned my project though! One day I will find time and she will be done! Anyway to answer a couple of the questions I saw in this thread.....
D'ya think making her outta fimo would work? it's like super sculpey- an oven bake clay.
I don't think Fimo is strong enough to handle the pressure that the joints will put on the sculpted body parts. There is another option though beyond oven bake clays, and that is you could try a air dry clay like Premier or La Doll.
You said you've been using a book? Is it out on Amazon or anything?
The book I am using is the Yoshida Style Ball Jointed Doll Making Guide, and it's written in Japanese, but it has plenty of pictures showing step-by-step work for people who don't read Japanese. As for it's availability on Amazon....well, kinda, lol. It's not actually sold by Amazon, but a independent vendor, and they have it listed for an absolutely ridiculous price. If you google the book title, there will be several links to shops come up for the book. I got mine through Kinokuniya http://bookweb.kinokuniya.co.jp/indexohb.cgi?AREA=03
, but I had to contact them directly and special order it. Wherever you get your book from though, just DO NOT pay over $40, the book is only 2667 yen. Oh and here is the ISBN if it will be helpful: 978-4-89425-460-2