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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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[Part4] [link]
Next will be the article on hairing your doll, painting, and adding acrylic eyes if desired.
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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 member 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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FluffyGerbil Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Student 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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Aticum Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh haha alright alright xD
Thank you! :D
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 
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
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.
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Aticum Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Student General Artist
Oh, of course. Thanks a lot again! Your guide is very useful! :'D
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Sure! If you run into trouble with your doll, feel free to contact me for help.
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