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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any Pullip Owners there? Handmade Clothes/Acessories??? on: August 03, 2009 11:00:17 PM
I just ordered my first Pullip!  She hasn't arrived yet, but when she comes I will be making clothes for her.  I for one would love to see more custom Pullip clothes on the market. Smiley
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Creating a BJD - Constructive Criticism Welcome! on: August 03, 2009 10:57:52 PM
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). Sad  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.....

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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.

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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

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: How Resin Cast Hollow Parts on: May 10, 2009 06:23:17 AM
This website has some information on casting hollow body parts:
http://www.vivcore.com/dolly_daydream.html

Also I don't know if you are familiar with this, but there is a forum dedicated to people who are crafting their own artisan BJDs.  There is a lot of helpful info and people on there! Here is the link for that as well:

http://www.bjdartists.com/joints/index.php
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: video game plushies! on: June 23, 2008 06:41:40 PM
Animal Crossing plushies would be fun. Smiley
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Creating a BJD - Constructive Criticism Welcome! on: June 23, 2008 06:39:54 PM
Tsukiyono: Hope you don't mind a question, but how are you planning on attatching the headcap?

I've sculpted a little area inside both the head and headcap that I can put magnets in.  My DIM doll has magnets to hold the headcap on and I rather like it.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Creating a BJD - Constructive Criticism Welcome! on: June 20, 2008 09:55:32 AM
Thanks for the encouragement everyone and thanks for posting that joint tutorial link Cia Moonchild.  I've bookmarked the link, it's very helpful!

I haven't made much progress on my doll lately unfortunately because of my various other obligations, but I'm hoping to get some work done on the ankle joints this weekend so I can do a real test stringing and see if she can stand.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Creating a BJD - Constructive Criticism Welcome! on: June 11, 2008 10:54:13 PM
Thanks everyone for your comments and encouragement! Smiley

She's looking great! The stringing is interesting. That must be challengeing!

Actually I think aside from figuring out what length of elastic to use, that stringing will be one of the easier parts of doll making.  The Yoshida Style book has a short guide to stringing in it.  I'll have to try to scan it in so you can see the mechanics.

Sweetness!  Looks like you found a way to fix it.

I was showing this to my fiance, since he's helping me make my doll (well... not that's we're actually doing anything... >.> )  He wants to know if you've see the dollfie "excellent base model" its one of their 1/6 vinyl dolls.  It has a 3 part knee joint with the knee cap being a separate piece from either leg.  It allows for a prettier joint and the leg has more movement than the traditional joint.  If you like I can take pics of the doll I have. 

=^.^=

I've seen a similar joint construction to what you are talking about.  Some of the more advanced doll makers on this other forum I visit have this double jointed knee kind of thing going so the dolls can actually sit with their legs under them.  I haven't seen any knee caps being separate though.  Anyway I'm always game to look at joint construction, if you want to post a pic, but no worries if your busy. Smiley

the "get real girls" have a kneecap, too.  it makes that they can do more poses... like the almost correct kneeling posture.  here is one picture of my two dolls, where you can get an idea of the blonde girl's knees but if you want i could take a closer picture for you tonight when i get home...
they are a discontinued doll that is hard to find closeups of online...

Thanks for posting that pic. Smiley The knee structure definitely looks interesting.  I wonder if it might not be too advanced for me at this time. ^^;  I would like to try some advanced joint structure sometime though!  BTW, I love your Kurhn doll collection.  I so want to get one of those myself, but money is tight at the moment.
8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Creating a BJD - Constructive Criticism Welcome! on: June 10, 2008 03:50:55 PM
Thanks for the encouragement guys.  Grin  I think I probably just needed a break from the doll, because when I came back to her after a good night's rest, I think I finally worked out the knee joint issues, yay!  I did a test stringing today, and so far so good.  All I need to fuss with now is cosmetic things, and shaping things up a bit more.  I still have a long way to go before completion, but I feel I am making progress.  Here are the pics I shot when I did the test stringing:







9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Creating a BJD - Constructive Criticism Welcome! on: June 08, 2008 09:57:22 AM
I thought maybe it was time to post another update, although it probably appears I haven't made much progress per se.  I keep on tinkering with the knee joints and even got to the point where I cut out the existing joint entirely and made a whole new knee joint socket.  Here is my test stringing of her left leg sans foot (her right leg is just lying in position):



The new knee joint on the left I think looks better, it's less nobbier and her knee appears in more the right position as opposed to the old joint on the right.  Some people have good luck with slicing the kneecap area in half, but it's just not to my taste.  With her new joint I made the cut above the kneecap so I could keep the knee sculpt one contiguous piece.



HOWEVER, when she sits it's all ugliness, as you can clearly see below.  I'm still trying to figure out how to make this joint proper.  I probably just need to look at some other dolls more.  I'm open to advice as well.




Anyway I wanted to post this here to show people that I make a lot of mistakes, and super sculpey is pretty resilient and can withstand lots of cutting, sanding, reworking and refirings.  So nobody should get discouraged and give up if things don't always go right....although I am verily frustrated at the moment! XD

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bunka dolls? on: June 08, 2008 09:44:47 AM
These dolls aren't bunka per se, but perhaps this cloth doll making tutorial site might be helpful:
http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/

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