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Topic: bjd- I can't afford one, So I'll make one.  (Read 41431 times)
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« on: May 20, 2006 07:47:27 PM »

OK, so for literally years I've been lusting after those haunting, gorgeous Asian ball join dolls. But even if I had $600 lying around, I couldn't justify it to myself or my fiance. But, what is crafting for if not getting me things I can't afford to buy outright? So, I'm going to take a stab at making myself a knockoff. I'm a good sculptor. However, I don't know how to put in eyes, add hair neatly, or do moving joints. I may just skip the moving joints actually, that seems like alot of trouble. Especially since I don't have any casting supplies. So, has anybody tyred anything like this before? I'm mostly brainstorming at this point. suggestions? warnings?
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2006 02:15:07 PM »

i was talking to my nana about making some moving joints because i really wanted to, you can get joints from craft shops and what not and you can also get blank moving dolls. but if you want a cheap way to make joints she told me she used to use buttons and elastic
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2006 07:59:57 PM »

Here's a bjd tutorial. Maybe you can find something useful Smiley

Someday, I will attempt this myself  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2006 08:06:48 PM »

Here's a bjd tutorial. Maybe you can find something useful Smiley

Someday, I will attempt this myself  Roll Eyes

There's no link?

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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2006 08:19:08 PM »

errr, there you go!

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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2006 08:26:02 PM »

thank you they're beautiful

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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2006 10:43:44 AM »

wow, that link is perfect! but, i think the maker assumes I know more than I do like...what is a "cap" for a joint? whats a good tool to cut stoneclay, or sawdust mixture? and...is this the doll, or do I need to cast it? I don't have/can't afford casting materials...

but man...this is EXACTLY what I wanted to make! thank you aion! Ive never heard them called noah dolls before.

I don't suppose anybody would like to cast a couple of these, if I did the sculpting? (I'd whip up some sculpting examples before i asked for commitment)
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2006 04:34:09 PM »

Hmm, I don't know what you would cut stoneclay with - a small coping saw maybe? 

About the cap joint: When your sawdust/clay is hardened, you scrap out the styrofoam. So instead of leaving the leg open and hollow at the joint, you close it up with clay ( blob of clay over the opening, press the ball into it to shape, scrapse away the excess on the sides). Basically you are making a simplified human joint.

This one isn't cast (luckily! I can't afford the materials either). It's all sculpted. She gives the thickness measurments for adding the clay/sawdust over the styrofoam. Then you can just sand until you have a smooth surface.  Regular bjd's are resin, so they have to be cast.

I think Noah is just her name for her dolls.

I'm glad that helped!! I really have got to get around to trying this soon - I've been pondering a bjd lately as well. But, I'd rather make my own.

« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2006 10:59:25 AM »

whew! thats good news! I can plug up a hole alot easier than makeing some arcane fitted standard dollpeice or some ungodly thing.

and yay no casting!

don't forget to post pics if you start on this. I found out yesterday that I'm supposed to start gradschool this june, rather than september, so I may not be able to start as soon as I thought. of cource, you never know...moms construction is makeing alot of sawdust....

thanks again

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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2006 01:24:35 PM »

There's a lot of info on various ways of making jointed figures and sculpting with clays (mostly polymer clays, epoxy clays, air-dry clays, porcelain clays, etc) on these pages at my site (they also have lots of lessons and links to pictures as examples and for inspiration):

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm (sculpting clays, techniques,groups, tips, lessons, websites,etc.)
(jointed figures, body parts, & clothing,scales,wings,etc)

You may also be interested in these pages:

http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-perm.htm (permanent support, etc.)
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/armatures-temp.htm (dissolvable, removable support)



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