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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.

[First Page] [link]
[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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MiQi-Mannikin Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Student General Artist
I think I love you for this tutorial. Must try it! :3
GMZimm Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  New member
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
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
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.
Deskleaves Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to offer some insight!
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!!
Deskleaves Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, of course. I'm happy that I could help you!
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 )):
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?
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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