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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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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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FluffyGerbil Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You are officially a hero. :3
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
xD Yay, I've always wanted to be.
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Girl-and-Wonderland Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
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 ?

Thank you again !!!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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Aticum Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student General Artist
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!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, any time! I'm glad you like it.
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Aticum Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Thanks!

By the way, may I ask? Are you willing to continue the tutorial? :D 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
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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
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