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Topic: Make a BJD (Ball Jointed Doll)  (Read 34454 times)
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« on: April 16, 2008 10:07:59 PM »

Okay - so here's the deal: I am going to make a ball jointed doll.

For those of you who don't know what a bjd is... Ball jointed dolls are anatomically proportionate dolls that are highly poseable. They come in many sizes, but the size i'm going for is anywhere from 60 - 66 cm... that's 2 feet and then some. people like to dress them up or use them as drawing models. Famous bjds are VOLKS Super dollfie, DOT, or Noah - BEWARE! if you google them, you'll fall in love like i did.

there. i said it. I gonna make a BJD. but I don't want to do it alone! I'm wondering if anyone else is interested. I'm not hardcore enough to cast molds and pour resin (I hear it smells stinky anyway), but in order to make a ball jointed doll it takes a fair amount of sculpting - at least if you want it to be able to stand on its own. I'm planning to start in two-ish weeks (after i finish moving in - GAH!). I'm planning on using the Sculpy way.

I have some tutorials:
The first link is a good resource. The second link is translated from Japanese (thank you google) and is super comprehensive. it even has a downloadable diagram to work from.

From what i can tell it'll take me about 40ish dollars worth of supplies initially. (i already have some things like paint and elastic). i'm sure there are thing's i'll have to buy that i've forgotten to taken into account so that's a low estimate.

I would love to have someone fumble through this process with me - it's my first time trying this. But i'll be starting in sometime in the next 2 weeks with or without you.

I know there is a post https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=96378.0 with lots of resources and such, but i'm looking for someone to hold my hand through teh process really. Cheesy i figured if i can't find someone on craftster, i'm hosed.
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2008 06:37:47 PM »

The first thing I thought was you're crazy for wanting to make one.
The sencond thing I though was how crazy I am for wanting to do it too!

Tonight instead of homework, I'll be reading the websites you posted. When/If you do this, pm me and I'll see how busy I am.   Smiley Even if I can't join you, I would love to hear about the process.
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2008 09:29:39 AM »

Wow. I just flipped through the Japanese page and that's pretty intense. Granted, the end result is beautiful, but ... That's intense. I would LOVE to see some homemade BJDs, though. If you ladies do it, make sure and post up here.

I was wondering what kind of clay she was using, too. I know it showed the labels, but it was hard to make out what kind it was.  I have a 25pound block of air-dry clay taking up some room in my closet... Come to think of it, I have another of kiln-dry clay, too.
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2008 04:30:03 PM »

i believe that she was using something called stoneclay, but i'm planning to use a polymer clay called sculpy III. air dry clays aren't the best for the depth of sculpting needed for this project, but i've seen people do it. i just always have problems keeping it wet enough, but if you have 25 pounds of air dry... man - you can sure try.

wait.. by air-dry clay you're talking about the white semi-squishy stuff, right?
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2008 06:51:56 PM »

It's sort of a shade of grey. You CAN kiln-dry it, but you don't HAVE to. It's made my AMACO (American Art Clay Company)... I believe, though I'm not positive that this is it: http://www.amaco.com/prod-air-dry-modeling-clays-339.html

The other stuff is a kiln-dry White Earthenware made by Highwater Clay.
« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2008 09:33:14 PM »

wow i've never heard of this stuff. it's super cheap for how much you get! i'd say go for it! at first i thought you were talking about that crayola squishy and easily breakable/maim-able stuff. as long as it dries hard and strong, it seems like a good choice.

the kiln dry stuff is fine for sure as long as you keep it thin enough so that it's not god-awful heavy.

i'm super excited! 2 victims *cough* people who maybe will try to ride this crazy idea out with me!
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« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2008 08:38:45 PM »

check out www.denofangels.com/forums

  they have a great forum in there of hand made BJD including robots, and centuars!  they are always willing to help someone out too!  (just advoid the drama there, and you'll be fine)

  i personally have 5 different BJD's and one i made myself.  A wee tiny sheep.  i should post it up on there for you guys.  it was hard.  and omg,  those who do it.  Good luck!

it's the Quiet ones you have to watch out for.  They truly know what is going on.

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« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2008 09:12:23 PM »

Morelove, please post it! I would love to see! About how long did it take you to make?
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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2008 09:16:53 PM »

I believe I've gotten hooked on these too! I'm broke beyond belief so making one is the only way I'd be able to get one (at least until college is over)!

I'm game if you are!

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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2008 11:09:01 PM »

I'm game to do this too. Cheesy Not really sure when, cause I'm so busy... But all of us working on it will motivate me. Roll Eyes
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