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)
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.
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!
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?
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?
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.
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. ^^
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
Thank you so muck for this tutorial ! I managed to do my own BJD, I feel so strangely proud x) I didn't think I'd be able to do something that looked that difficult, but thanks to you I did ! It's not perfect, but the doll looks nice, can hold poses ! I was having a hard time this last weeks, so it feels really nice to realize I can make something like that with my own hands ! I'll probably try to paint it later
Do you know what I could do for the hair and or / the eyes ? Is it possible to make them myself, or do I have to buy them ?
It is possible to make them yourself! You can make the eyes out of the same clay, or you can purchase them online and stick them into the sockets with that gummy stuff you use to hang posters, or the moldable type ear plugs. For the eyes, I normally just paint them on and coat them in 'liquid glass' type sealant that makes them look wet. I have also printed out realistic looking irises, and glued them onto white balls of clay.
For hair, you can drill many tiny holes in the scalp (draw the hairline first) filll them with glue, and then use a very skinny tweezers or a large needle with the eye broken (like a hook) to force several strands whatever material for hair you like into the hole. When the glue dries, the doll will be haired. Also, if you make some hair above and below the head cap piece, the hair will hide this line and you don't have to reseal it.
There are actually many tutorials online for how to hair a doll. I learned from one I found on some place called 'dollyhair.com' which also sells many kinds of doll hair, including some with permanent scents. I haven't been their in a long time, IDK if it's still active.
This tutorial is just AMAZING! I was looking for a good tutorial to follow and I just found yours! I just wanted to thank you for this! You must have spent a loot of time writting this, so thank you very much! Not because it is so helpful but also because you really put effort making this and you thought about those who hasn't experience making this dolls (I'm one of them xD) So thanks again!
By the way, may I ask? Are you willing to continue the tutorial? Or do you know another good tutorial about paiting? I've been searching but they are too hard to understand or too expensive to follow xD
Painting? Hmm. That's a pretty general tutorial. I might eventually continue the how-to-hair section, and the part on eyes, but as for how to paint a doll, ust go ahead and use your intuition. If you want help on how to do things like skin tone and stuff, change your searches to 'face up tutorial.' IDK why they call it a face-up, but they do. xD
Oh haha alright alright xD Thank you! I'm just afraid that something could go wrong, but if it's just 'paiting' like any other sculpture (using the acrylics and the brushes) each piece separate then I know how to do that xD I was just wondering if there was a special method to follow, I don't want to mess up the doll xD
Mm, no not really. If you're using some kind of paint besides acrylic paints, such as oil or something, you might want to test it out somewhere inconspicuous like the bottom of a foot, or you can use a small piece of the same materiel you used to make the doll. Just in case it's corrosive or something. Just paint away, as you would any sculpture. :3
Don't forget to spray finish, and test out your spray too.
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I've always wanted a BJD, and now thanks to you, I was able to make my own. angelofyaoi.deviantart.com/art… He's unfinished, but I got through your whole tutorial :3
Hi!, Thank you for creating this wonderful tutorial! It was very insightful and will be especially helpful in my own BJD process. I just bought most of my supplies yesterday, and so far I have four packs of La Doll, Sculpting tools, and foam.I like the traditional look of the BJD doll, but I think my own will have a more western feel as I plan on sculpting the entire Avengers cast. I will definatley be contacting you for advice if you don't mind
Hi! I wanted to send you a photo of the torso of my ball joint doll. So far, its sculpted in La Doll clay. The question I wanted to ask you was concerning the holes for the leg joints, near the groin. Do you think they should be farther back/bigger? And your overall opinion of the picec so far. Thank you so much for your help!
Hi! I just read this entire tutorial and I am really surprised by the amount of detail and information you put into it. this must have taken quite some time to put together, and I want to thank you for doing it. It had never crossed my mind to try and do something like this, but now I am really considering it! I've only ever sculpted small things like simple necklace charms out of Sculpy, never something like this, but if I ever get the money I'd love to try it out. About how much would you say it costs for all the supplies needed? And could you by any chance point me to some good tutorials for hair, eyes, etc? Thanks, dear. (Oh and what website do you buy your Apoxie from?) (:
I buy my apoxie direct from the company website. xDx' as far as the cost, if you shop smart, you can get everything to make one doll for about 75.00 USD. This doesn't include hair and eyes. D:
As far as hairing and eye tutorials, look for hairing tutorials on youtube, watch several, and then choose your own method for it. There are many eye tutorials to be found, but it's been so long since I've been working wtih dolls that none come to mind in particular.
Thanks. That is quite a reasonable cost! I should have that much money to spend in early May, so maybe I'll attempt one starting then. And thanks for that advice, it would take a lot of work before I'd be at the hair and eyes stage anyway, so I guess I can wait a little and see if this is actually going to happen before I get into that XD. I am usually not good at finishing long projects, and I wouldn't want to start this only to never finish it, so I'll have to take some time to think about what the odds are that I'll ever finish. If I do it, I'll show you pictures! Since it is your tutorial that has inspired me. C: