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BJD tutorial: part 5

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On stringing your doll, and finishing the ball joints.

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[Part 2] [link]
[Part 3] [link]
[Part4] [link]
Next will be the article on hairing your doll, painting, and adding acrylic eyes if desired.
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thank you so much for making this article, I was really curious about this topic (and I guess I kinda want to try and make one now lol), and tbh you explained everything so well! thank youHeart 
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DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
You're welcome! This is just my personal experience, but I'm happy it's worked for you.
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ValiditySoraHobbyist General Artist
in the head a hook was used to hold the elastic. in the feet and hands can i use the same method? or would it not hold?
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DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
You can use the same method, but the hook might interfere with mobility, depending on the size, etc.
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ValiditySoraHobbyist General Artist
Image (1) by ValiditySora   Image by ValiditySora   Thank you for these tutorials! they are a life saver! i'm currently making a BJD using them! 
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DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
Good! I'm lad. They need revised, when I have the material.
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PintoroseStudent Digital Artist
I'm super happy about finding a tutorial on how to make Bjd's.I was so excited that I ended up working on a blueprint on the first day I found it.

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Bjd template by Pintorose
   I don't really know what I'm going to call her, I also don't have the materials to start sculpting, but I am happy that I finished it nonetheless. 
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DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
It never hurts to get started early! I started making one today too. Well, I started it a year ago technically, but I started working on it again today.
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PintoroseStudent Digital Artist
Well hopefully I can get the materials soon so I can start sculpting, although I have never really done sculpting, other then maybe once or twice before, but practice makes perfect. Also I wanted to ask you what type/ thickness of wire do you recommend for a 30 cm bjd as well as elastic thickness for a balance of flexibility and sturdiness. Another thing I wanted to ask about is Apoxie sculpt, because I have never used it before does the color matter? And how much of it is needed for a 30 cm doll? I figure that the color wouldn't matter, but I figured that I would ask just in case.

Edit: Reread your tutorial and figured out the thickness needed for elastic and wire. 
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The color ONLY matters if you do not plan to paint or cast a mold.
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DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
As for the amount of clay needed... I have no idea! There is a lot of trial and error involved. For a 30cm bjd I think half kg is a good amount. You should have some left over for errors, but it shouldn't be a huge wasteful amount.
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PintoroseStudent Digital Artist
Alright tnx, hopefully I can get the supplies tomorrow.
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looeyonDVProfessional Filmographer
Fascinating series of articles. Very well explained . I've been limping along with Japanese language books by Ryo Yoshida -and I can't read Japanese!
You are a real inspiration!
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DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
Aww, thank you. That's very kind of you
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looeyonDVProfessional Filmographer
Very interested in all the technical stuff. I'll post some pics when I get further along on my puppet film project!
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NimaDoodleZHobbyist General Artist
update: yes i read the first bit on page one but i noticed in the comments you mention making other things and was just curious XD
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NimaDoodleZHobbyist General Artist
hey you! Might I ask where I can find pictures of dolls you have made?
Wanted to see what you've made as it sounds like dollmaking is a hobby for you but i can't see any in your gallery. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough though. XD

Also this tutorial is extremely helpful, it really sorted out a lot of misunderstandings of mine with the process. 

also did you ever finish this; 'Next will be the article on hairing your doll, painting, and adding acrylic eyes if desired.' ;u;
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DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
Sadly, I never finished it! I do have a doll WIP in my kitchen cupboard, a little kitty, but the two dolls I ever did finish are lost and gone forever. x__x

I'm glad I could help you! If you want a good doll hairing tutorial, you can find one at dollyhair.com
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NimaDoodleZHobbyist General Artist
aww. thats sad! im sorry theyre lost D:

my doll is coming along super well tho! between your tutorial and the really long japanese one you gotta use google translate on, im managing without fear ^___^


La Doll Premier is FANTASTIC clay btw, it's so decievingly soft and light!

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gonna make the limbs soon, focusing on the head and torso first tho x3
gotta refine and sand the torso and sand the head and add a proper nose and set the eyes

so much to do! but its really fun.
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DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
Good! Keep at it. I think llike 90 percent of the work is sanding, lol.

If you have a power drill, you should absolutely invest in buffing ends!
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NimaDoodleZHobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure if you've had the experience of La Doll Premier, but it really like... only needs a gentle sanding to really smooth it out. it's scary soft on the surface, soft yet so strong as a structure! XD
A buffing end on a drill is totally uneccessary for this stuff, i think it'd be way overkill. 

I can really see that for apoxie sculpt though, or any form of epoxy resin, because that stuff's tough as nails and probably needs a lot of extra time and power to smooth it out. :XD:
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DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
Huh, that sounds scary! I'm a bit heavy handed, lol, so I'd probably destroy anything I make with it. x__x;;

My own mixture of clay does take quite a lot of sanding. x__x; But it's really tough and bouncy, so no breaking fingers and ears.
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bmp1798Student General Artist
I'm kinda confused on how to connect the joints though. I've read the pages but yet it still confuses me. Would you be able to explain a little further? It confuses me on how exactly I make them and put them together. 
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DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
Sure, I'd like to help if I can. Have you read the previous pages? Where are you having trouble?
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