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Monday, February 18th, 2013
2:44 pm
torso/hip joint?

I'm currently making my first bjd (because they're so expensive to buy!), and have sculpted the torso as one piece. However, I don't know how the hip joint (I'm making a joint between the thighs and stomach rather than just the one torso joint) works. Does anyone have photos of the shape/actual doll photos of the insides of a joint like this?


Current Mood: confused
Monday, December 31st, 2012
2:12 pm
About to make my first doll...
Any good tutorials (with pictures, preferably) on how to do the joints?
I have about half the base doll sculpted in wet foam (the green floral stuff you stick flowers in to hold them up) and I just bought some stone clay. However, joints are beyond me.

Also, I'll be posting pictures of my progress in my blog (Otakuvault.info) if you're interested.

Saturday, April 21st, 2012
12:06 am
There is a girl named CLAIRE BEAR going around on the Facebook BJD Communities as well as harassing members of LJ trying to sell them a doll that does not belong to her, she took the image from a member of Deviantart without their permission, claiming the doll was sold to her when the DA member has clearly told us all that he has never sold her to anyone. On top of this she will PM you pictures of her "doll" that are clearly not the same doll. She is also trying to sell 2 Hujoos. Please be warned do not buy anything from her!!
Thursday, May 5th, 2011
4:30 pm
 Hiya. I'm new, and my parents think I am too old for a BJD because I am 14. I decided to make one but I am running into a bit of a problem. Nearly done with everything, I'm about ready to start casting. I know how I will make my mold but I don't have slightest idea where I will get the resin (Or whatever it is called, I'm a bit spacey at the moment). Any places where I can buy it?
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011
7:30 pm
My new doll?
I recently bought a Resinsoul Mei from an artist at a convention. She was selling her in addition to her main products, so it wasn't as if bjds were her main thing. She had bought her from the original owner at a reduced price because the owner had tried something ( i have no idea what) on her skin with oil based product, and so she has black stains on her skin. It was no matter to the woman I bought her from, because she wanted her skin painted anyway.

So here I am, loving my new doll, but there is one problem. Her skin is painted grey. Don't get me wrong, it's a nice job, with sealant and everything, but I want her flesh colored. The woman told me it would come off with simple nail polish cleaner. I haven't tried that yet, because I want to know what to do about her skin color after I get the grey off. She said she spray painted it grey with some paint from wal-mart, and then used msc to seal. I plan to do the same, but I just want to make sure what I would be doing is safe.

But whenever I google about painting, or spray-painting a bjd, all I get is info on faceups. So...does anyone know any information on repainting an entire bjd?
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
6:13 pm
Tiny BJD Measurements
Hello peeps! I stumbled upon this awesome comm after much google-fu! I'm thinking of making a tiny tiny doll, about 10cm, but i'm not sure whether i should make it like a Lati White doll, or a standard doll just scaled down... Which one would you guys advise?

Oh, and just for reference, does anyone have a set of very detailed measurements for a Lati White doll?

Thanks :D

Oh, and the Gothic and Lolita Bible vol. 34 which has quite a bit on BJDs (photoshoots, patterns, how to make - accessories, etc.)
download: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=NVQ4UKZ0


Current Mood: okay
Sunday, September 5th, 2010
6:44 pm

Hello! Its my porcelain doll. Its more in my LJ. Alina

Friday, August 20th, 2010
2:43 pm
Newb :D

Hello everyone!

Well im not sure how active this community is :/

but Im glad I found a place where people make their own BJD's! I too am looking into making one of my own since the ones on the market are much too expensive to purchase. making one will probably be a bit pricey but not as pricey as buying one from the current markets.

I plan to go by this very helpful somewhat simple tutorial I found


im sure you've all might have seen it before but compared to other tutorials I've seen it seems to be more organized as of what tools/supplies to use and helpful tips on making one.

happy doll making!

Sunday, July 18th, 2010
2:06 pm
Thank you!

I'd like to thank the people who posted on this site for the tips and links to put together a BJD.

My new doll Calixto is about 26cm tall and 7.8 ounces. He's a cat boy because I can't sculpt hands and feet so I made paws. He has separate rounded pieces for each of his joints. I found that having separate joints reduced stress on the limbs (which had a tendency of chipping away when rubbed together) but reduced his stability so he has a hard time standing on his own.

I used Amaco clay a relatively cheap, air dry clay. My greatest problem with it was cracking. I live in the desert so the clay was practically drying in my hands as I worked with it but I eventually found that keeping the layer of clay thick and moist while you worked with it, as well as sealing it in a plastic bag with a wet paper towel really helped to reduce the cracks.

Because he was too small for elastic I found in the store, I strung him with rubber bands which seem to wear out easily but will keep his body intact at least. His chest and head had styrofoam cores but his limbs are pieces of clay hollowed out using toothpicks. I found that the larger the cavity and the thinner the clay, the more susceptable it was to cracks and breaks.

I hope this post helps someone make their doll come to life.

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, May 22nd, 2010
11:39 pm
I've always wanted to own a BJD doll, but they cost sooooo......... MUCH!!!!

I'm sure you can sympathize w/ that. X_X
So I have decided to make them instead. It should be fun too~ :D

So can I have some starter tips? Like what materials to you and tools and  tips? ^-^

Current Mood: sleepy
Friday, February 19th, 2010
3:43 pm
Still in the planning stage...

Hi, I'm new to this community and to the idea of making ball jointed dolls.  I've made a few small fairy figures out of Sculpey, and have been considering making a larger figure for some time, but didn't like the idea of it being little more than a small statue (in a fixed pose) with real clothes and hair.  I was delighted to discover ball jointed dolls, and have been looking up tutorials on how to make them.  This community has already been marvelously helpful with all the links that have been posted.  Thank you everyone!  I do have a few questions though...

Super Sculpey vs. air-drying clay... which is better?  What do experienced doll artists prefer and why?
I planned on making a smaller doll than the standard sized commercial ones, so I can't just buy a wig.  Does anyone have any tips on rooting hair?  What kind of hair would you recommend?  I have a bunch of viscose doll hair but I'm afraid it may be too fine.
Along the same line as the hair issue, I probably won't be able to find small enough commercially made eyes... any suggestions for making them?
Is making jointed fingers on the hands a completely insane idea? (I'm assuming the answer here is yes, I just thought I'd ask anyway since I'm crazy enough to consider it. XD)

That's all that comes to mind now.  Thanks again for all the helpful information everyone has provided so far!

Thursday, February 18th, 2010
7:51 pm
Thoughts on Carving Wax...
Hey all, total noob to BJDs, but I've done a lot of research lately and I also have some experience with craftwork.
I noticed that alot of the DIY doll discussions suggest using various kinds of polymer baking and air-dry clays to make the 'master pattern' of the doll for the creation of the mold for casting. This all made perfect sense to me until I thought about how to go about the actual process of making the mold....

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Current Mood: curious
Thursday, August 6th, 2009
4:00 pm
Stuff I'm working on
It's been a while since the last update. The weather has been nice and cool (I'm not complaining about that but clay doesn't harden very well in this weather) until recently. Hot weather means time to start sculpting again.

In-progress work for my VtM trio. The one on the left will be a teen, and the one on the right someone around their very late 20s. All kinds of experimental heads below. 10mm eyes for each of them. What I envision for the completed trio will be a typical multi-clan power circle.. a Ventrue Prince, Toreador art gallery owner (the late 20-er), and a Malkavian neonate. Will be fitting her with eyes of 2 different colors. I tried to give her face a psychotic look but it didn't turn out very well (2nd head from left)..

Time to get back to work.

Saturday, March 21st, 2009
7:36 am
asking the experts!
i'm not a maker but i am a fan and a long time ago i found the most amazing website of bjd's unfortunately i lost the link when my last computer died and was hoping maybe one of you could help me out, i have a few pictures of the dolls that were on the maker's site:

any help you guys have for finding this dollmaker's site would be very much appreciated, they were the most beautiful things honestly
Sunday, February 22nd, 2009
12:01 pm
The death of the first born u_u
Okay... So I abandoned the papier mache after testing it out and I went with the sawdust clay. But I now know that even that was a mistake. This whole step can be omitted. Where I once had a beautiful core for a doll head I now have a terrifying mummified lump of horrible sawdust clay.

So while attempting to at least find that good head tutorial (Which seems to not exist any more) I stumbled across a different tutorial. The words may be confusing but it was pictures of every single step! So I'm going to omit Noah's sawdust clay and try out this way.

How to make BJD for beginners

Thursday, February 5th, 2009
2:15 pm
Guide to Noah's doll guide! By a n00b for n00bies.

Okay, so I found this community after finding Noah's doll and I totally agree that it's very confusing. Though the other doll tutorial only confused me further. So for now I'm trying my best to decipher Noah's doll tutorial.

Getting the materials has been a challenging task so far. I've been to a total of four stores (three craft stores and one hardware store) to find everything I need.

In order to make it easier for other newbies, I thought I'd list (and explain) the materials I have so far:

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Saturday, January 24th, 2009
9:27 pm
I'm a newbie to JBDs
I've been interested in making a "ball jointed doll" for the past 2 years. I've got sculpy,sandpaper,sculpting tools,s shaped hooks and a drill.

Now I've ooaked(one of a kind)Jem And The Holograms dolls and Spice Girls dolls,etc with rerooting them and face painting.

I'm not really into anime any more (after taking a Japanese Class in college all the fan girls scared me away)

I've found some decent links in this community explaining how to make them. But needless to say I am still lost. I don't really understand how to string them. Are there any videos out there that show you how to make one from start to finish?

Every one seems really cool and nice in this community.

Current Mood: sick
Sunday, January 18th, 2009
11:07 pm
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Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008
9:47 am
Hi there~ been a lurker for a while, and started working on making my own bjd a few months ago. after much trial and error (involving lots of frustrated screams and hair pulling) I've finally gotten past the planning stage and on to the sculpting. So far I have the head sculpt done and i'm finishing up sanding, and I am getting close to having the pieces for the torso done. I've been using air-dry clay over a tin foil base, and so far he's turning out pretty good.
Monday, June 30th, 2008
10:12 pm
Hello All!
Hello! I've been into ball jointed dolls for a while, but now I find myself wanting to make my own. What I really want to learn is how to make a jointed torso but there seem to a shortage of tutorials on that outside of youtube (I have dialup and I don't have the patience to wait an hour of a movie to load)

So any information anyone has would be a great help to me! So far I have searched a lot of sites and forums to come up with information about sculpting your own ball jointed dolls.

I've seen Noah's Doll tutorial (which is really confusing) but I've also found some less confusing tutorials too!


I'm trying out that one right now and so far it's not bad at all! I have the top half of the arm scultped! This was only a test drive to see if I had the patience to really take up this hobby. I think I do! So any helpful links you guys want to send would be very much appreciated!!!

Current Mood: excited
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