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Ball jointed doll tutorial part 4

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TurtleDesu's avatar
TurtleDesuHobbyist Digital Artist
I plan on using sculpeyIII for this,  what should I do for the steps that require the clay to be dried?  Can I proceed with cutting and seperating the pieces without needing to bake/boil the sculpey? Or should I bake/boil it before cutting it?
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
You should bake/boil it before cutting.  Otherwise, the piece will lose shape and not fit back together properly
TurtleDesu's avatar
TurtleDesuHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!  And if its alright for me to ask something else, For the parts that require the clay to harden, and then reapplying more clay after (like putting the cut off part of the head back on, or having the rings of clay around the joints).  I would boil the pieces again with the new unboiled clay on it?
I havent been able to find anything on google
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
Yes,  you would boil the pieces again. I think it's good that you can boil the pieces instead, because baking them again and again is really risky. Boiling though is pretty safe.
cindy70r's avatar
love tutorial
TheAnxiousGamer's avatar
TheAnxiousGamerHobbyist General Artist
Dang, I wish I had found this tutorial sooner! x.x I messed up my torso, the bottom half (with the buttocks and bellybutton) looks great but the chest piece that fits ontop of it looks horrid and doesnt even fit it correctly. I'm not sure how I'd create a new one to fit, either. ;-; Im in a little bit of a pickle, lol. No matter - I dont give up that easy!
2c309's avatar
these tutorials are super helpful and awesome!!!!!!!!!! (ᗒᗨᗕ) 
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
Oh good! I'm glad they are useful for you. u 3 u
FuckinK-san's avatar
FuckinK-sanHobbyist Digital Artist
I feel kind of awkward making another question again.. (pd: ended up buying cling wrap rather than paper towel, I made a mess with that, along with other aspects I had to re-do) but if the doll is quite small, and the balls used in it are, well, quite small too, could I do something else that could work as the drilling? I don't think I can find the drill 'head' (not sure if its called like that @_@) small enough, I'm thinking about using a knife, but I wanted to ask first

Also your tutorial is great!! Im making my first bjd and your tutorial's been helping me troughout all of the process
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
As long as you are careful, you can use a knife or even a screwdriver and a small screw.
FuckinK-san's avatar
FuckinK-sanHobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
also I have another question..
I havent sealed the head yet, but I'm planning on putting eyes on it rather than paint them on, how would this go? should I glue the eyes inside before sealing, should the eyes even be glued?
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
Nonono, don't glue them. You put the eyes inside with putty, like blue tac or something used to hang posters that doesn't dry up  and is removed easy. You just sand the eye socket and use new clay to shape it so that the eyes you picked fit inside. Wrap the eye in plastic wrap before putting it into the wet socket so it doesn't get dirty.
FuckinK-san's avatar
FuckinK-sanHobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thank you so much >.< 
iHeadsetShiba's avatar
iHeadsetShibaHobbyist Digital Artist
Question how  do they not pop out of the socket? Like the shoulder to the body? How come it didn't just fall out!
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
It's because the pieces are hollow inside, like a bead. So, when all the parts are put together, it's a lot like stringing beads into a bracelet or necklace. Except, the string used inside the doll is stretchy elastic, like a rubber band almost, and when you tie up both ends of the string, it's a little bit tight. Then, you can pull on the arm or leg, and position the joint how you want. Then when you let it go, the tightness of the stretchy string pulls it back together and keeps the joints in their sockets.

You know those candy bead necklaces that have stretchy strings? It's like that! You can pull one away to eat it, but then when you let go, all the candy beads snap back tightly together. It works like that! :3

The stringing part comes almost last, after all the parts are made. You just kind of hold them up to each other and press them in to make sure they will fit together first, they don't actually stay together until the doll has the stretchy string inside.
JC4Ever97's avatar
Do you know how to make the knees double jointed?
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
I do.

Instead of using a ball-shaped joint, you make an extra long joint, and put the joints at both ends. Instead of being a ball, like this (_) It's a.... lozenge. Like this. (___) Both ends are made into joints for better mobility.
The doll itself doesn't look as natural.

Also, the knee is sculpted onto this joint, instead of the thigh or shin.
JC4Ever97's avatar
Oh okay, I get it.. Thank you so very much for answering so quickly! Awesome tutorial btw one of the best I've ever read! :D
Jjholic's avatar
JjholicStudent Traditional Artist
-Cries 5ever-
Remember in the previous tutorial how you were talking about scoring the head?
When you said that if you were painting on the eyes then not to score them, I thought you meant the entire head. So I didn't score it at all. And now my doll is dry and there is no way to remove the foil or insert a hook -Squeals and flails and falls over in defeat-
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
Nonono, it's ok~

Don't worry. All you have to do is carve off the top of the head. It just takes much longer when it isn't scored; Scoring the soft clay saves time. :3

Don't forget to mark with a pencil.

When the head is finished, just seal it back shut with more clay.
M-E-G-A-M-I's avatar
M-E-G-A-M-IStudent Artist
Thank you! Its very helpful.
kawaiinoirshop's avatar
THANK YOU FOR THIS, dear god thank you
I can finally stop watching hours of youtube videos having no clue as to what they are doing or how they got there xD

seriously you are an angel!

Lidia
I-F's avatar
Thank you so much! I'm trying to make a ball jointed doll but no one has been so clear about the joints as you have here. It's so nice to see it from all angles. 
Deskleaves's avatar
DeskleavesProfessional Digital Artist
I'm glad I could help! Please contact me if you get stuck, or need some help. ;u; I'm always ready to help my fans.
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