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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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:iconchiiroikitsune:
chiiroikitsune Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016
This tutorial would have saved me plenty of tears and frustration had I found it sooner. It's amazing! I hope you don't mind me asking this though, because I really would like some input. If I wanted to make a doll of my fantasy character, how should I go about making her ears and tail? Or even just the tail, 'cause the ears don't necessarily need to be jointed or moveable. (also, I've heard of making the core out of wax, how viable would you consider this to be as an alternative? I have had trouble with the other materials, so I thought to throw that in here as well.)

I hope I'm not being too much trouble... -_-;
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
For the ears, if you don't want them to be posable, you just sculpt them onto the head. Same with the tail. I have also heard of people making BJDs with powerful magnets inside the head sculpt, and inside the base of the ears, and in this way they are removable and changeable.

If you want them to be movable, you would put the same joint at the base of them that you have on the wrists and feet, and string them together through an anchor planted in the chin. For the tail, same kind of swivel joint as the wrist, with a single elastic attaching to the front of the pelvis. If you make the tail as a kind of stub with a joint 'base,' you can finish it with a wire and fabric to have a fully posable tail, like a cat or rat tail.

Regarding the core, I have never made a core out of wax so I have no experiences to share with you sadly, but if you feel confident in your abilities you can always try it. I'm not not sure how it's done.
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:iconchiiroikitsune:
chiiroikitsune Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016
Thank you for the swift reply and clear advice. ^-^ I'll be sure to try it out and see how it goes.

(I'll also let you know how the wax works out, in the occasion that it might prove useful.)
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Okay! I appreciate any feedback you could give me about your experiences, in case someone asks in the future
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chiiroikitsune Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016
I'll be glad to help if I can. ^-^
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ccaammoo Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016
i can never find anything about how to make eyes, did you ever make the tutorial? im assuming you just do it the same way you make a socket right? 
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I never did go through with making an eye tutorial, as there are so many artists out there who can do it much better than I can.  I typically paint them on.

You could do it the same way you do a joint,  but it will not be a sphre. Like, in any sense of the word. If I were to be doing it this way, I would buy some glass marbles, make a cast of one of them (using mold casting) and, on the clay sphere that comes out, sand the iris area flat. Then make a mold of this eye to avoid having to repeat the sanding.

Paint the iris on the flat area, then put a big drop of clear, glasslike resin over the iris. Let it dry, and then coat the whole eye in the clear gloss.
But I have never done it in practice. This is just how I would do it if I had to make my own eye.
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Rhissanna Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I found this through Pinterest. What a fabulous tutorial!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, thanks! <3 I'm happy you like it.
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LemonDips Featured By Owner Edited Jan 31, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love this tutorial it is so easy to understand! I want to try this!

Do you have a tutorial to make their faces or how to make the eyes ? :O 

edit: i just read the description oops! 
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Riverswebb7 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2016
This is so great!  Thank you SO much for putting this tutorial together :)  I can't wait to read the rest!!! :)  
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You're very welcome.
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21citrouilles Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015
Thank you so much for sharing your skills in these beautifully detailed tuts. :love:
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Sure!
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Ellithvia Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Student Artisan Crafter
I wish I could follow these steps but alas, I suck XD 
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
You can do it! Keep trying. :B

If you run into trouble or don't understand something, maybe I can help. I don't mind if you ask.
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BlackCatArtistry Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i have clay that I'm using that you have to fire in a proper oven but i´m afraid of the wire melting?
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Is the wire wrapped in plastic?
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BlackCatArtistry Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i don't think so, i´m using an eye pin
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I think it should be fine. o___o

Just try firing a pin, alone, by itself.. If it melts, you'll know not to use it anymore. xD

I think steel has a higher melting temperature than Iron, it's really high, like several thousand degrees.
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BlackCatArtistry Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
yeah  was thinking on firing random clay and testing materials on top of them like resin to see what effect it would give to the clay so ill buy some steel string incase to make eye pins ;-; i´d probably cry if the doll god ruined at the end xD 
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I would cry too, oh my god.

I tried baking a sculpey doll once that was pretty big and it just blistered and fell apart. I was so upset.. It was like 400 hours of work gone.

Definitely test your materials before using. :0 I really don't think steel will melt, even in a firing oven unless it's like, as thin as a hair or something.
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BlackCatArtistry Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i´m going to add the metal pins after the baking just incase but after that the other complicated part is casting the doll T-T moulding with silicone and then adding resin thats gonna be frustrating due to what kind of resin and colour and time to cure and measurements >-<
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I have never worked with liquid resin honestly. It's a pain in the ass.
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Deewr Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
Your tutorial is pretty awesome. I've attempted BJDs on several occasions - in porcelain, paperclay, and polymer (Cernit). I've always had a problem getting the ball joints right and getting the doll to balance. Your explanations are clear. The part about pressing the ball into the clay rimmed socket turned on the light bulb for me. I'm feeling more confident that my next attempt will be a good one. I can hardly wait to get started. One thing though, I've never worked with epoxy before. Is it sticky? Will there be enough time to sculpt and add details? Is there a way to keep it from drying if I can't finish a section, like storing the piece in a plastic container?

Thank you for so generously taking the time to put this tutorial together!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's not sticky, it feels much like sculpey.

Depends on the brand; Apoxie brand is odorless and takes about three hours for a thick layer to dry. If you add water before it dries, it will be re-workable again, so you can just draw the time out if you need. Once it dries though, it must be sanded or carved off.

There isn't a way to keep it from hardening once you put the two parts together and start the chemical reaction, you have to just mix it small amounts at a time. When making my dolls, I never made more than a 1 cm ball at a time. When I ran out, I just grabbed more and mixed it together.
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Deewr Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2015
Hey you're up late like me. Thanks for the tips. I think I'll go with making small amounts at a time. I sculpt moderately fast, but then I want to take my time with the details. So it sounds like the added epoxy will adhere and blend in pretty well. I'm going to go with the 22" size doll. I need to 'see' my work, so the bigger the better.

note: I've been peeking in Deviant Art for years, but never joined. I'd search for information as a non-member, but it seems that now that I've joined, there's so much more to see...like your tutorial. Again, thank you for providing ALL this information.
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, the new stuff goes onto the dry stuff like magic.

Make sure you use equal amounts of both parts, and mix them good.

Of course, I'm happy to help whenever I can!
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Deewr Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015
It worked! I pulled out an old doll done in polymer, took her apart and followed your instructions for the ball joints. She STANDS! and I can pose her. It was so exciting. I feel liberated. I won't show a picture of this one, because she was always experimental, so I rushed the sculpting and it shows. But now that I've gone through your tutorial, I am ready to get deep into BJDs. Thank you!!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Any time, for real.

Good luck!! If you need any help, feel free to contact me, I am always ready to help you out if you need.

Also, my friend :iconeratotiatuatha: has video tutorials. She's quiet experienced, if you get stuck you should check out her page as well.
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maizeysugah Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
Exactly what I was looking for. Thank you!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! Glad I could help.
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rononono Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! Been looking for something like this. :)
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Pika-chu-chu Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Do you do jointed fingers? or know of a good tutorial by any chance? i kinda already have the idea of how to do it but i want to be sure before i waste my clay...
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I have actually never done them, sadly. ;A;
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Pika-chu-chu Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
ok ill jst go with my gutts lol and hopes it come out sum typa decent way. thnx anyway.
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
No problem! Maybe just do them like a really tiny knee joint? A knuckle bends in a really similar way. I don't know about the thumb though ;A;

BTW my friend :iconeratotiatuatha: knows how to do jointed hands. If you ask her, she might actually have a video tutorial on it on her Patreon account.
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Pika-chu-chu Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks but im gunna attempt it first with these elegant artistic hands XD if it comes out horrible then ill message ur friend because.....i have no clue wat so ever how to scult, this will be my very first ever. But art runs on both sides of the family so i should be fine. Besides, thanks to ur tutorial so far he's already looking lika sexy sunofa beast XXDDD even though hes only a face, torso and abdomen....
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Ohhhh well, if you're new at sculpting, I def. Recommend starting with the easy stuff. :V
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Pika-chu-chu Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
nahh i like challengessss XD id be honored if you could give your opinion when i finish him ^^
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'd be really happy to look at it!
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grawr-dinomasaur Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2015   Traditional Artist
So for one, this tutorial is freaking fantastic. Also, I was wondering if you ever made the "article on hairing your doll, etc" mentioned here in your comments? Thanks so much for making these duuuuude. I've never thought about making a bjd but after reading through this I might have to.
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
No, unfortunately I never did. ;A; I wanted to, I just never had the time.

There are lots of tutorials on doll hairing though, you could probably find some good ones on youtube.
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grawr-dinomasaur Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2015   Traditional Artist
for sure. thanks though
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angelanieves Featured By Owner May 25, 2015  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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