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1  Re: Creating a BJD - Constructive Criticism Welcome! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by Tsukiyono 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:

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2  Re: Creating a BJD - Constructive Criticism Welcome! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by Tsukiyono 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

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3  Re: Creating a BJD - Constructive Criticism Welcome! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by Tsukiyono on: June 03, 2008 06:31:02 PM
Here is a little progress update....I have the feet sculpted and I've been doing more sanding and joint tinkering.  Also I wanted to mention that I made a little edit to my hip ball joint tutorial, as I remembered while drilling the knee's ball joint that it helps to saw along your channel line a little, it really helps to guide the dremel in the beginning.  Anyhow here are the feet. Smiley

What really helped me out a lot while sculpting these was this foot sculpting tutorial here:
Just click tutorials in the side bar. There is also a tutorial for hands and a couple other things there too.
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4  Mini Hip Joint Tutorial in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by Tsukiyono on: June 02, 2008 04:27:30 PM
Ok, so here is a quick and dirty tutorial of sorts on how I created the hip joints from wooden balls.  The other joints will also be made in a similar way, though their channels will change depending on which joint it is.  I haven't made any other joints yet, but I can post pics of them when I do.  So, let's get started.....

This is pretty self explanatory.....though I guess I could add that you can get wooden balls at any craft store, and some of them may come with a hole already drilled through it.  I would recommend buying the ones with holes drilled into them whenever you can as it saves time and error!

OK, so after you have your ball, you need to get out a ruler, and measure and mark the center with crosshairs.  Feel free to make your crosshairs long, as it will help out later on.  After you have your center marked you need to drill a hold straight through the ball.  My dad has a drill press, so he helped me use that, but you can also do this with a handheld drill I imagine, though you'll need a vise to hold it in place.

So, next you need to mark the front face of your ball joint with centered crosshairs just like you did on top.  You will take it back to the drill press again, BUT, you should use a smaller drill bit this time, AND you only want to drill halfway through to where you already drilled and stop.  As you can see in my example with my failed joint, my drill was a little off, and we also tried making little drill holes to perforate a channel that would be dremeled out later, however that turned out to be a very bad and messy way to go about things, and I would not recommend doing it that way!  If you do decide to perforate I'd only do two additional holes.

What I ended up doing, was putting my ball joint in a vise, as illustrated above, and using my extra long crosshairs as a guide, I took the dremel and made a shallow channel from the top hole to the side hole.  After I had a decent channel going I switch to a heftier drill bit and basically drilled out that whole channel you see there.

These are the drill bits I used.  I started with the one on the left, and finished with the one on the right.  Also this wasn't a terribly fast process.  It took me a while to dremel the channel, so don't get discouraged if you think it's taking too long.

Well, that's it, I hope it's helpful!

EDIT:  I forgot to mention that it is a little easier if you take out a hand saw, and saw the channel line a little bit before you dremel.  The saw line really helps guide the dremel in the beginning
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5  Re: Creating a BJD - Constructive Criticism Welcome! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by Tsukiyono on: June 01, 2008 04:53:07 PM
So for today's progress, I realized her hip joints were previously too far set into the torso, so I adjusted them lower and then after sanding the thighs did a test stringing to see how things were going.  I still have a lot of adjustments to make with the hip joints so they work properly, and also somehow between the last sculpt and firing, each thigh has started looking different, so I've got more  reshaping and sanding to do.  I think my shoulder joints may be in a little far as well, but I'm going to hold off on messing with those until I get the arms done. 

Here's the pic:

Oh and the cat just really wanted in that shot, lol.
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6  Re: Creating a BJD - Constructive Criticism Needed! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by Tsukiyono on: May 30, 2008 01:07:21 PM
I thought I would post a little update since I've been working on her a little more.  Today I finished the base sculpt for her legs (feet still not done yet), and I decided I would follow the technique in the Yoshida Style book for applying the knee joint.  So, I chilled her legs and then sliced them in half at the knees and made a cut out behind the knee so the leg would "fold" properly.  Here are a couple progress pics, though the quality isn't that great:

Anyway they are chilling in the fridge again at this point while I decide whether or not I want to try to wheedle out some of my foil armature and fit the wooden ball I have for the joint in before I fire the thigh portion.  The other option is to fire the thighs as is and retrofit the ball, either way it seems a pain in the rump to do. XP

Still very open to advice, suggestions and etc... Smiley
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7  Re: Creating a BJD - Constructive Criticism Needed! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by Tsukiyono on: May 29, 2008 02:19:39 PM
I'm fond of bangs too, and the wig I bought for her has some really long ones.  I've also been doing a lot of sanding this afternoon and her head shape is working really well with the wig now.  I decided to test out her wig and eyes, and I took a photo of her sitting on her unfinished body.  I still have a lot of work to do to get the eyes to sit right, and I can see from the pic that there is a little more shaping I'd like to do.  I'm also starting to not like the eyes I bought for her anymore. XP

It is a slow and arduous process!  Anyway here is the eye/wig test pic:

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8  Creating a BJD - Constructive Criticism Welcome! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions by Tsukiyono on: May 28, 2008 08:13:56 AM
I posted this on DoA as well, but I thought it might be good to fish for input elsewhere too.  Anyway I am currently in the middle of creating my own BJD that is inspired by all of those lovely Asian ball jointed dolls out there.  The head has already been fired twice, so right now I'm reworking fresh sculpey over the hardened form.  I feel I'm finally getting the nose somewhere near where I want it to be and her profile is looking better, but I'm thinking maybe I might need to move her eye holes up a bit (wah, that will be a hard chore!)  and I'm having a lot of trouble getting the swell of the cheeks right. 

So basically I seriously need some constructive criticism!  I consider myself a novice sculptor, so lots of sculpting advice would be greatly appreciated!  And I welcome anyone to mark on my photos if it would better illustrate a point.  Thanks!

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9  Ascension - One of my screen prints of last semester in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by Tsukiyono on: January 28, 2007 11:36:14 AM

Wow, I don't know how I missed the screen print section.  I've been taking some classes on screenprinting at my University and I love it!  This is one of my prints from last semester.  I call it "Ascension".  I used a combination of rubylith and transparencies with photo emulsion.  It ended up being entirely too many runs, and I was in the print lab constantly in order to finish this one time.  I am very happy with the results though.  The entire border of my paper was larger than my scanning bed which is why there is such a thin border right now.  Lastly this was a small edition or only 10 prints.

I have some of my other prints online at my DA gallery which can be found here:  http://tsukiyono-miyu.deviantart.com   Smiley
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10  Aloha Bunny! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Tsukiyono on: January 28, 2007 11:20:21 AM

Man, it's been forever since I have had the time to make a plushie.  School definitely keeps one busy!  Anyway the other day I was dreaming of warmer places since it's so very cold right now where I live, and I came up with the idea to create a bunny hula dancer plushie.  She is made of fleece and her applique is hand stitched felt.  The felt hula skirt and coconut bra are detachable.  She's about 10.5 inches tall from ear tips to toes.  It might be fun to make a "tan" version of her later, but we'll see. XD 
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