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How to mold a doll head by batchix How to mold a doll head by batchix
sorry guys, this is as good as it gets for now. XD;;;


hope this at least clears up some of the mystery? I know it's sort of a crappy explanation, but it's what I got at the moment. I'm going to go get some sleep now. :3

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followmeimlost Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I have some questions about molding dolls. Mostly just about casting the hollows and the eyes. I was wondering if you cast using plugs or another material? And how does the casting of the eyes go? How do you prevent resin from leaking into the eye sockets? I've got some BJD's of my own and the hollows inside of them are fairly smooth, I'm wondering how to cast a hollow BJD and hoping to get some advice on the more tricky parts of casting.
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batchix Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2015  Professional Artist
try looking at vivicore's tutorial here: www.vivcore.com/dolly_daydream… it might be more helpful.  I use silicone rods for any tubular parts, like arms and legs... i have another tutorial on here somewhere that explains it better.  For the head, you need to do a core mold.  I'm not sure I can explain it in a way that makes more sense.  I think Armeleia might have tutorials on youtube for casting hollow parts.
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CostumesbyCourtney Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Finally, I get it now, thank you so much!
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Free-Falling Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Would it work better for the vents and pour spout to be on top in the second part of the mold instead of the base of the neck? I'm not sure how you can keep from getting holes from bubbles with where it is now
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batchix Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Artist
i actually put the vents on the back and aim the head with the face pointing down when i cast this style of head... but i've switched to making face-plates instead and mold it differently. this is a really old, basic tutorial!
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Free-Falling Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Oh, I see! =P You wouldn't happen to have an updated version, would you?
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batchix Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2013  Professional Artist
No, sorry!
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Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2013
You have been linked! RoxiBabe\Dolls
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batchix Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013  Professional Artist
thanks so much!! :D
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Skye-Rhyder Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
You're welcome.
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TotallyDamage Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
I was wondering what did you use to seal the paperclay. I'm getting started with dolls and I thought that would be better if doll wouldn't be from paperclay :D
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batchix Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Artist
i use gray krylon sandable primer. :3 you can pick it up where ever spray paint is sold.
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TotallyDamage Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
hmmm I think I won't buy krylon anywhere in my town or even country. Will it be ok if I'll use any sandable primer? sorry if I'm tiring you ^^'
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batchix Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011  Professional Artist
you're fine! Any sandable primer should work. stuff intended for models, like trains or cars, works pretty well too. If nothing else you can seal it with acrylic paint, but you lose the advantage of sanding the primer smooth.
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TotallyDamage Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011
sorry for spamming you again, but I have troubles with primer again :D
I found something like this [link] do you think it will be good? cause we have gunze's online shop and I thought that maybe there I could buy primer. Anyway sorry again.
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batchix Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Professional Artist
I've had that before and it worked pretty well. :D It's pretty smelly though... and I can't remember if it sanded easily or not. just make sure you use it outside and wear a respirator.
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TotallyDamage Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011
thanks :) I hope that I'll start making my own casts pretty soon ^^'
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TotallyDamage Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
now I'm less in panic :D so thank you very much for replying! :)
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TotallyDamage Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
thanks! btw i love your dolls and videotutorials :D
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GammoGammo5 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Should this be done in a well ventilated area? Or with like a gas mask or something?
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batchix Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011  Professional Artist
The molding process, no, the pouring of the resin, yes. i use a respirator when i do pouring of resin, but i'm allergic to it. I work in a medium sized bedroom.
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GammoGammo5 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Thank you so much for replying. So there no like ventilation system that you use? and when you make the silicone mold it's just straight breathing? XD Sorry for all the questions. >.<I just wanted to make sure so I don't die.
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batchix Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011  Professional Artist
Yup! i mean, i'm not doing this in a closet, but I don't have a special ventilation system either. If you feel like the fumes are making you light headed(the silicone doesn't really have fumes but it does smell a bit like fart sometimes) just open a window. When i was casting in a smaller space i always did it with the windows open and a ceiling fan on. i wore a respirator when pouring, then i left the room when i was done and waiting for the molds to set. i only cast maybe one doll a week. But like I said, i'm allergic to the liquid resin.
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GammoGammo5 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
OH okay! Thank you so much! I've always wanted to make a doll so bad, since it's like your own baby I guess haha. And now I can! Thank you thank you!!!
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rocket-child Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I've got clay stuck on the side of my mold do you know how to get it off?
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batchix Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Artist
clay as in your original? What kind of clay?
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rocket-child Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I used paper clay in a silicone mold
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batchix Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Artist
did you seal the paperclay? It's porous so it needs to be sealed, otherwise it will soak up the silicon. If you didn't, that's why it's sticking. I don't know how to get it out of there without destroying the original, unfortunately. What you could do is just pull bits and pieces of it out, as much as you can without damaging the silicon. You can then pour some resin in there and the resin should adhere to the bits of paper and you might be able to pull it out of your mold that way... but i can't say that it won't destroy your mold either- it depends on what the tensile strength of your mold is. :< I'm so sorry! that's awful when that happens! i've had that kind of stuff happen. it's heartbreaking.
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rocket-child Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Filmographer
That explains it, I didn't seal it and alot of my origional was distroyed when I took it out. I'll try to pour resin to see if it gets anything out. If I can get anything out of this experience it would be to seal it next time. Anyway thanks for the advice!
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batchix Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Professional Artist
oh man! that sucks! i'm so sorry! D:


my first mold the core leaked and the face was ruined... he didn't have a nose. X3
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rocket-child Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Luckly enough it was a chibi (head, arms, torso.) But it was probably best that it got ruined compared to a bjd with all the parts.
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StrawberryStarBats Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
very helpful! <3
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uglyshyla Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
you don't know ho much that makes me happy !
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batchix Featured By Owner May 7, 2009  Professional Artist
sorry it took me a while to find it!
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Liu484 Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
oh, thank you so much! I really needed someone to show me what a mold looks like... XD
But, you see, being as noob in this as anyone could be, i'm totaly confused about which material you use to make the dolls with the molds. I tough it was like a clay you put in the mold and then take off, but since yours is so deep, a process like that would tear it apart... So, tell me pleease, what material do you use and how the mold works... Really sorry for the noobness, but i'm really determined to make a bjd ( an actually pretty one ¬¬ the one i'm current making looks like a monster). I just need a little help...
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batchix Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Professional Artist
I use silicone to make the mold. :3 this is specifically Oomoo silicone from smoothon.com
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Liu484 Featured By Owner May 3, 2009
un... thats not what i meant... i was talking about the resin you use to cast.. What exactly is it ? Is it like liquid or clay? what tipe do you use? XDDD waa so many questions ! sorry about that T.T
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batchix Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Professional Artist
ohh~ resin is a liquid. It's a two part chemical, usually mixed at a 1:1 ratio. there's smoothon, alumilite, and polytek. I've used smoothon and alumilite and I like both- alumilite is softer tho and easier to sand. It's almost /too/ soft however and thin parts will warp.
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Pocky-Machine Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2008
Been looking for something like this for months! Thanks so much!
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amime Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008
My HERO!

It's very kind of you to do this. -hugs-
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batchix Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2008  Professional Artist
np~ let me know if you need any further help. :3
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WurdBendur Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
Have you tried making molds from other materials like plaster? That's what we always did in class, and when the professor was asked about silicone molds, he said he didn't like them because they don't hold as much detail and don't last as long. But they seem to be what everyone uses, I guess because they're easier to separate.

Also, I'm paranoid about the mold deforming on me, since it's flexible. I'd rather deal with undercuts and make multi-part molds, but maybe it's just me.
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batchix Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007  Professional Artist
Hmm... that's odd because silicone holds more detail and lasts a LOT longer. With plaster if you're casting a hard substance it'll take under cuts without a problem. If you do undercuts in plaster you're never getting your piece out. As for detail, the stuff will pick up my finger prints sometimes, it's that sensitive. I'm using a tin cure silicone and that lasts about 30 pulls. It'll last longer if your more gentle with it and condition it with mold release every 2-3 pulls. Platinum cure silicone lasts even LONGER, but it's super expensive. X3

With it deforming, you can make a mother mold out of plaster on top of the silicone. Generally tho I just try not to band my molds together too tightly and they seem to be fine. :3
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WurdBendur Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2007
Hmm, well he's the kind of guy who's probably been using nothing but plaster for 50 years, so that's all he'd really know about.
But I mean, plaster holds quite a lot of detail too, as long as it stays still while it's drying.
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Cascade-Kirby Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hardly think I'd ever get the chance to use this, but thanks anyhow. =D It's cool.
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batchix Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2007  Professional Artist
haha~ well it's there if you need it? XD
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applejack Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007
Thank you so much!!!!!!! *glomp!*
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batchix Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Professional Artist
np~ :D Hope this helps!
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Nika-N Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007   General Artist
Thanks, this is really usefull))
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batchix Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2007  Professional Artist
good good! I hope it helps people!
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