ADVICE FROM USERS:
Just a tip: Do NOT use Sculpey or Super Sculpey. It is VERY fragile and breaks easily. If you are using polymer clay for your BJD, I suggest Sculpey Premo, as it is more hard and durable when cured.
please let me share my experience; using flosrist foam SUCKS.
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I see this is several years old, but I want to get into doll making... I am generally good at clay sculpting but I’m concerned with the plastic in epoxy clays. While the simple solution is to use paper clay, I do want to make durable dolls. Have you ever tried making a wooden BJD? What would you think about it? I figured instead of stringing the joints together, I could use pins like the little wood art reference dolls. Should I bother with this medium? Thanks in advance!
I have not; I wouldn't be able to tell you the first thing about woodcarving, lol, it's very very different from working with clay! I can't really give you good advice on it, but maybe someone who is used to making wooden moving parts could help you! If you know how to make the right shapes and the material is strong enough, I'm sure you could use anything. Stoneclay is a good natural alternative to paperclay, there are lots of ceramics that can bake very hard, too. Sorry I'm not able to give you any better direction!
I've been thinking about getting into BJD's for awhile, so to find a very informative series of tutorials like this was awesome!
I do have a question, though:
There's this clay that I just found called Fimo Puppen Doll modeling clay. Apparently, it's an oven-dry clay meant for doll making. Have you had any experience with this? Would this work for a BJD?
Also, if you do have experience with those, how's the paint on them? Would it be any different than the other clay you mentioned?
Second, where do you purchase your lead weights? I'm buying supplies on amazon right now and I can't seem to find any that are the right size. My doll is going to be about 10 inches tall if that's helpful
Just one last question for you: for the head, do you permanently reattach the skull portion at some point? Or if you leave it removable, how do you keep it on the head?
Like which is best to use in your opinion from the Resin or the Paperclay?
Also- when people refering to "casting" the body of the doll they just made- are they refering to getting the body taken away to get mass produced in parts by a company?
Personally I'm just doing this for myself and have no intentions of selling them. So it's kind of hard to know what to do as a beginner and a hobbiest at once.
Sorry this is going on for so long! Thank you for making this thread of tips! It's so helpful and informative<3 And it makes me excited to begin ^^