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Ball jointed doll tutorial part 3

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Part 3. There is more coming soon.

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JohnlockedDancer's avatar
JohnlockedDancerHobbyist General Artist
Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing!
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holly10012Hobbyist Digital Artist
could this work if I'm making a dog bjd?
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
It can! You might have to string it a little differently, like this: Doge by Deskleaves
frick's avatar
glad i have a weed scale LMFAO <3
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DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
They are so useful!
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Dragonluvr1Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for making this tutorial series, it's SO helpful. This is the best one that I've found so far!

I do have a question though. I am wanting to make my anthropomorphic dragon character into a doll like this, but do you have any suggestions and tips on how to go about making a tail and a longer neck?
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
Yes! You basically need to make a series of interconnecting rings. To see what I mean, google ''bjd snake'' and you'll get some good examples. These re typically wired, and not strung, so be prepared to buy some good, durable armature wire, and buy more than you need. It tends to break after so many uses.
Dragonluvr1's avatar
Dragonluvr1Professional Traditional Artist
I found what you're talking about on Amazon, but are they really tubes? That's what the description on it says. I just want to make sure since I've never seen one of these things
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
Is which thing really a tube? The armature??
Dragonluvr1's avatar
Dragonluvr1Professional Traditional Artist
Yes the amateur, I'm sorry that I didn't specify on what I was mentioning
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
There's a lot of different types of armature, there's wire, and then there's like the interconnecting plastic stuff. Like this i.ebayimg.com/images/g/v58AAOS…

I think what you're looking for should look like wire dipped in plastic on a roll, like a giant thread spool since the plastic connectors look like they're way too big.
i.ebayimg.com/images/g/xiIAAOS… This stuff is what you'd use on a smaller ball jointed dragon.
Dragonluvr1's avatar
Dragonluvr1Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the advice, I'll try and look for some plastic covered wire since it does seem like it would be a lot easier to use. Do you have any recommendations on where you buy things like this?
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DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
I'm not sure if you're in the US or not, but places like home depot are great to get good stuff like this.  If you can, go for stainless steel, and pick a roll that isn't in a package, so you can test-bend the coated wire. Make sure you get steel or aluminum wire! Other stuff can rust and discolor your cast.

Any home improvement store should carry it, and auto store. You can also find it pretty easily at the florist's since the thinner stuff is used in flower arrangements.
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love tutorial
Siphonia's avatar
SiphoniaHobbyist Digital Artist
thank you for making this! I've had my materials for a while now but I've been too scared to start, this encouraged me to start and I've already got the head and torso done! thanks again!
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
No problem! It takes practice and everyone develops their own methods. I'm working on one too right now!
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CheckeredJokerStudent Digital Artist
Thank you so much! It's been my dream to start making BJDs, and your tutorial is amazingly helpful. <3
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DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
You're welcome! I'm almost always active, so feel free to contact me if you run into any problems or have any questions. Thanks you and enjoy!
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FuckinK-sanHobbyist Digital Artist
Could paper towel be used instead of cling film to cover the aluminium foil if it were to be used for the core????
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
It could actually, but just be aware that you won't be able to remove it completely. Like the foil, it will also be stuck in the clay forever to some degree, but luckily it won't be rough on/degrade the elastic string.

You can also use cheap toilet paper or newspaper for a core covering! Just get whatever material that you decide to use nice and soaked, and let it completely dry before building the clay onto it.
Adindard's avatar
Can we use the aluminium foil too for the body core?
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
Yes, you can! Just be careful not to pack it too tight, or it will be hard to remove. Also, wrap it with plastic wrap so it won't stick in the clay.
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MZandraMayhughStudent General Artist
So, I've seen WIPs of people making dolls with Apoxie and they're nearly always grey - I was wondering about color options. I've looked around and Aves does have some different color options, but I'm wondering if the best idea is

A) To buy smaller sets with colors and mixing the Part A until its the skin tone you want, putting that in a large tub, and mixing in the part B as you go along like you would regularly, or

B) just getting white Apoxie and mixing in a dye, or

C) making the doll entirely white and using a boil dye method later when it's finished?

Do you have any thoughts? I have some pretty specific skin tones in mind with all of the dolls I want to make. 
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
I normally will use the grey epoxie, sand, spray-finish with a matte/eggshell textured type of stuff commonly used for Warhammer minis, and then paint with acrylics. There are a million different ways you can go about this. A lot of perfectionist BJD makers only use the epoxy to sculpt the original doll. Then, they make a mold, and pour liquid resin into the mold to make a new doll with the desired skincolor.

You can also put dye right into the epoxy, if it's just pure color pigment. get some white epoxy 2part and some powdered pigment, and just put it in a little at a time into one or both parts until it's the right color. But beware: This can cause your parts to come out as all different shades if you put both parts together, as the chemical reaction occurs quickly once the two parts are mixed.
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