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BJD tutorial: part 5 by Deskleaves BJD tutorial: part 5 by Deskleaves
On stringing your doll, and finishing the ball joints.

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Next will be the article on hairing your doll, painting, and adding acrylic eyes if desired.
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angelanieves Featured By Owner 4 days ago  New Deviant Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thanks so much for this tutorial  it look good to me , thanks
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This is silly of me but I've got to the part where I can work on the shape of the face of the doll head so how do I do that? ^///^"
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Well, you just have to rely on your own skills for this part, as it's pretty straightforward. If you're not sure where to begin, there are lots of sculpting tutorials out there, such as on youtube you could try. Good luck!
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Will really I was just not sure how to get the eye holes right, is there a word for that part or do I just look up eye holes X3
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sockets! Eye sockets. You can get them the right shape by adding wet clay on the inside of the socket, then wrapping the eye in plastic wrap and smushing it in there. Take it back out and harden the clay. Then the eye will fit right when you stick it in with blue tack or something later.
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LunarLotis Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much the help :love:
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Britttu Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey Deskleaves... another question - how come you could make such a great and detailed tutorial if you've made just one ball jointed doll yourself? *confuzzled*

Anyhow, here's my work in progress pic following your tutorial: britttu.deviantart.com/art/Wor…

I'm soon going to update that, it looks much better already. ^^
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I've made more than one, I've just never been able to completely finish them. x__x Unfortunately, I only have pictures of the one completed. All the bigger ones I have made before had to be left behind during several problems in which I lost all of my posessions.
While it might seem detailed, there's still a lot to be desired of my tutorial, such as finishing techniques. Compared to the whole process of making a professional poured-resin doll, this is really only the basics for beginners such as myself. I have just transfered all of the information I have learned by trial-and-error here for others to enjoy, I definitely am not a dollmaker. Just sharing what I have to offer.

Wow, it looks pretty great! Are you going to give her acrylic eyes?
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Britttu Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Ohhh, alright, alright. So do you have pictures of the fully ready or half ready bjds, I'd love to seem them....

And anyway, it's a huge thing anyway, for beginners, this is a very good tutorial, doesn't scare them off too much... ;)

Thank you! I also looked up tutorials on google on how to make eyes out of clay... I want her to be fully made by me, including the eyes, clothes, hair, faceup etc. :D
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Kittyduck BJD by Deskleaves Here's the crappy little finished one I still have, basically made out of terra cotta horse poop xD. I have the front half of a dragon somewhere, and a face with posable ears in my harddrive. I just can't really be bothered to look for it right now.

As for the eyes, you CAN make them yourself with that clear, glossy stuff. I think it's called crystal cote? I've used it before, and a crappier version on the eyes of my dragonpig plush. You basically draw (or print out) the irises and put big, fat drops of the crystal cote on them to dry, then cut them out. It's really not the same as buying them, imo. I don't know how to make eyes myself except the gloss method, and just painting them on.
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Britttu Featured By Owner May 9, 2015  Student General Artist
Oooh, that looks like quite a creative character there! Not to mention so tinyyy! Those ears are so fluffy. ^___^ Also seems to pose really well! I put my dolly together, I didn't put the wires in the joints, because that seemed like more hassle than I could do, mine can't stand or pose that well. Omg, I wanna make one so tiny too now. :P

Well, I googled bjd eye tutorial and I what popped up a lot was a way of doing them with oven baked clay, painting the eye, and then putting this liquid fimo in the eye place, and just baking it off, and putting a top shiny coat in it and voila! So I've baked made a few pairs, so far has come out OK.

I'm gonna take pics of my ready doll soon too. :rose: so excited.
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner May 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
That's really cool, I totally want to see. o____o

Some of them don't pose well due to weight and proportion issues. Making BJDs is really fuckity, a tiny tweak can destroy or fix the whole thing. x___x; You could need to string it together more tightly!
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Britttu Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you a lot!  I'm intending to make a BJD, and I'll follow this guide as well as I can. ^___^ Already drawing the blueprint!

I read through all the 5 ones and this is so much info though, it makes my head spin. It almost seems impossible because of all the hard work, all the details and all things you have to buy for it... Feels hard to wrap my head around all that for a first time doll. Kinda makes me wish I could see someone else do BJDs before a few times until I start to understand what's going on and why. Or perhaps start with easier dolls? I don't know. But I guess if I take it slow and carefully follow all the steps, even I could make one!

Oh, and I'd absolutely love a tutorial on hairing, painting and adding acrylic eyes. *-*
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ahh my friend is actually making a tutorial with video on how this is done! Here is the link: www.patreon.com/CBdolls
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Britttu Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you! I'll check it out. Floating 
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MysticTeaDancer Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
oh my gosh thank you for this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
YES OF COURSE
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MysticTeaDancer Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I've been wanting to try and make a BJD for a loooooong time. I was wondering (and if you covered this and I totally missed it forgive me XD) but do you know how to make molds for resin after making the master sculpt?
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I don't!! o___o buuuuttt there are lots of good tutorials on mold casting through youtube. The material is really expensive, and I'm really poor, so I don't have the means to try it myself. x___x;
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MysticTeaDancer Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Yeah I'll probably have to wait myself to get resin but thank you anyway :) At least with your help I'm over half way there haha!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yay! Best of luck!
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MysticTeaDancer Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Troxey Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2015
Thank you! I hope a craft store opens around here soon. xD Been wanting to make these for a couple of years.
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I hope so too! You can always order the things you need online, and have them delivered.
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Paperfishunderwater Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
just when i was thinking of making a bjd, i see this :D thanks! this really saved me :D i'll try and make one after i researched the materials available here :) thanks again, cheers!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome! Feel free to contact me if you run into any problems and I will try to help.
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Paperfishunderwater Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2015
yey! thanks, really looking forward to making one :D
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trailerhitchbitch Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  New Deviant Student General Artist
I was just curious if you or anyone you might know, knows how to string a doll with only five joints? So no knee, elbows, wrist, or ankle joints.
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
As far as I know, it would be the same. Just anchor the hook for the ends of the elastic where the limb ends, and put the rod/wire that normally goes behind the elbow/knee at the first place the elastic will need to bend. Other than that, the process should be the same.
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vanillekarnickel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015
I think I found myself a new hobby.
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Awwww yisssss.

Contact me if you run into any trouble.
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vanillekarnickel Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2015
Will do!  <3
It will take a while until I can start, though.
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doglover589346 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2015
Thank you for making these, I'm hoping that these will help a lot with what I'm planning.  (I'm planning to at some point make BJDs that are pretty much anthro creatures (a dragon will be one of them) so I'll be using digitigrade legs (which might cause some problems with the normal sculpt as I need the legs to go in a certain way. 

Also do you have any ideas on how to make wings for BJDs (I have a couple ideas already, making a somewhat thin, wire supported wing attached to another joint (on this one I'm concerned about the added weight on one area) or the other idea is the wings attached to the whole back (the problem with this one though is that the wings won't be posable at all, though it would be more accurate to the characters I'm creating)
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
In the past, I have made wings out of wire and fabric. Some people like to attach them with magnets, but I normally stick them right into the doll. You can also make them with sculpt pieces, the way a folding fan is made.
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doglover589346 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2015
Thank you!
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MiQi-Mannikin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Student General Artist
I think I love you for this tutorial. Must try it! :3
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GMZimm Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Just stumbled across this, and it's fantastic.  Thanks so much for posting such a wonderful tutorial.  I wanted to share something that I learned recently, that might help those attempting this with Sculpey or other polymer clays.  It is possible to half-bake the clay, by only baking for half the recommended time, and then still carve with an xacto knife, etc.  It is hardened a bit, so that you don't mess up what you have already done, but it isn't as hard as the final product.  When you are all done, bake for the full recommended time (pretend you hadn't prebaked) and it will be hardened like normal.  I have made several of the furred animals (cats) and have used this method with success.  You can also still add more clay in any area after prebaking, and it will become fused after the full bake.  I am so going to attempt this! 

-Gina Z
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That sounds really helpful, and thanks for sharing! I'm going to add that to the first page description
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XylidineGriffin Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
So that's how the joints are made. I always wondered how it was decided exactly where to put the holes and slits.
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to offer some insight!
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AyanneTw Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so amazing! I'm doing my own doll, it'll not be perfect, but i'll be happy anyway.

I've found others tutorials on internet, like noah's doll and else, but i think your tutorial is the best!!

Thank you!!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, of course. I'm happy that I could help you!
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AyanneTw Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have a question.. I used stoneclay, but it cracks sooo much ): My doll's torso broked in 5 parts (!!)

Do you know any materials that don't crack too much? Epox resin unfortunatelly i cant afford yet, in brazil this material is very expensive )):
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hmmm, well sculpey doesn't crack ever, but you have to bake it. I dunno if it's expensive there or not, pretty sure you can find it online for reasonable price. Stoneclay can be a pain, if it's drying in humid weather, but I don't have a lot of experience with it! I'm sorry this happened to you. Out of curiosity, what brand did you use?
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AyanneTw Featured By Owner Edited Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I used a local brand here in my city, i didnt wanted to buy a more expensive brand because it's my first time making a doll, and a knew i could screw up a little, but i think it was a wrong choice ( D: ) I think sculpey could be a better option. Do you think polymer clay will crack this much?
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Polymer clay won't crack at all, as it is oil based. Stone clay won't usually crack, but if you bought a cheaper brand, or a 'children's' type brand, it is pretty much guaranteed not to work. xD unfortunately, that's the works. Before you buy a new type of clay, do a google search for the name of the clay you used to see if anyone else has had any trouble with it cracking.

Sculpey is really great to sculpt with, but the downside is that you get one chance with it. You have to sculpt it all at once, detail included, and it's very easy to screw it up beffore baking. Then, when you bake the clay, you have to be really careful not to bake it too long or it swells, blisters, and gets really deformed. It's just a little testy compared to air dry clay.

If you let me know what other types of clay are available in your city, I can tell you which one is the best choice.
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AyanneTw Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ok, i'll do a research about the types of clay here, then i'll show to you.

Thank you for you time :)


you're great \o
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Okay, great.

No problem, I'm here to help!
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maifeld1 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
Oh my god, this tutorial is sooooo good!!! I cannot wait to do my own. ^^  I was looking at your gallery but I didn't found any pictures of your doll. I would love to see your work, if you like to share some pictures. ^^
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I lost all my pictures and both my dolls, the last of which I'm pretty upset about.. I had to leave them behind when I left my ex.

But, I'm glad you got some use out of it. I plan to make more dolls in the distant future, though. I already have a blueprint drawn up but idk when it will be started as it's more my girlfriend's project and I'm just supervising. xD
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