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Ball jointed doll tutorial part 1 by Deskleaves Ball jointed doll tutorial part 1 by Deskleaves
I will be uploading the rest later, which I am already very close to finishing.

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KinomiHyuuga Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've seen in a previous comment that you don't have much experience casting, but in case you happened to know, how would I go about keeping the middle of the parts open when casting? If you don't know then no worries!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Well I'm not sure which parts you mean. o . o
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KinomiHyuuga Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Like when casting the arms and legs, how would you keep the empty space in the middle without making the piece stuck in like silicone (if that's the molding base I decide to use) am I just thinking too far into this?
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Hmm,I think people allow this space to be filled by the mold material.. Otherwise, if you don't allow the mold to fill the space inside the pieces, you won't have hollow pieces when you're done.. Just solid lumps of clay!

I'm sure you can find video tutorials on it through YouTube, try searching for ''2 part mold casting.'' You will need a 2 part mold to make hollow pieces.
There's this girl who does mold making videos, she does it for BJD parts, too! www.youtube.com/channel/UCJ0Ip…
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Iskalt Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes thank you for this, I'm sculpting out of super sculpey polymer clay, and looking for a casting resin.

Do you have any recommendations on what to use?
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I don't have any experience with casting, unfortunately! I've made all of my dolls out of 2 part resin putty or other clays.
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Frehl Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016   General Artist
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THIS!! :heart:
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Sure! I hope you find it useful.
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Space-Witch-Maizy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I really want to get into bjds, but I absolutely SUCK at drawing even basic sketches. Hence why I'm into sculpting instead, lol. I hope if I'm reeeeally  careful and use graph paper, I'll be able to get at least a semi decent blueprint.
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You can! you can also try to find one that's already made, and use it as an example.
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Space-Witch-Maizy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh! How did I not think of that? Thank you!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Sure, no problem!
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Erigyr Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool set of tutorials you have here. So if I am following this right, a good design would be something like this? Or am I way off?  67.media.tumblr.com/67ad0ce08d…
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yep! All it needs is a grid, so you can measure.
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Erigyr Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks :)
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Azuremia Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I was thinking of making a doll myself after seeing the prices of them made by companies but I would guess ooaks would be much more expensive depending on the artist xP 
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
It really does depend, and it depends on what you use for materials. I'd say the lowest you could expect to spend on materials is around 40.00 USD, depending on what bargains you can find or the size of the doll you're going to make, but it can run around 75.00.

In my personal experience, making a OOAK doll is cheaper, and more rewarding, than ordering a custom of your own OC which can run you 1000.00. D:
But if your sculpting skills and experience are lacking, it can be easier and worth the money to some.

It's definitely a challenge to make one of these dolls, which is why they're so gosh darn expensive to buy from a mass production company. xAx;; ut I really think you should try it, at least for fun. If you turn out to be good at it, you could even make some money yourself from doing it, and you'll have the knowledge!
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Azuremia Featured By Owner May 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe i've been wanting to try out crafting things like this after i saw all the pretty dolls out there (examples being the dolls from Volks and Crobidoll)
by OOAK i meant buying one, but yea handcrafting yourself is most of the time much cheaper and you can feel proud at your creation and thus treasure it more in my opinion hehe. :)
After all $75 is much much less than $200+ at least xDD
I'm here thinking whether i should try string joining or just somehow going to craft an internal frame like www.parabox.jp/obi-setsu/60nor… xD
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, I'm sure an internal frame would be MUCH better for posing! I have no experience with making them though.
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Azuremia Featured By Owner May 31, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup! xD
i was thinking of just buying plumbing items from DIY shops or just trying to make it myself from plastic from scratch xP
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defilaras Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2016
do you use polymer clay?
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I personally don't use it, but many others do, and it's possible to create a BJD from polymer clay.
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JennArt227 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I didn't know you were into BJDs! Interesting. I wan't expecting this! Great tutorial nonetheless. 
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great-queen-morrigan Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Professional General Artist
Thank you, thank you! This is the best bjd tutorial I have ever seen!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah, it's kind of weird how there aren't really many of them out there.
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AnnaAspen Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! I have been planning on making one for quite a while now and could not find a clear tutorial until now! This is very clear and it makes sense! Great job, this helps me a lot!yay 
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Sure! If you  have any questions or run into any problems, feel free to ask.
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AnnaAspen Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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inaho-pura Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016
thank you so much for your tutorial :D it's really easy to understand and extremely useful
I just finished making my first BJD today and this tutorial helps me a lot
Your work is very great and I really appreciated all the work you'e done to make this tutorial 
thank you so much for this :D
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You're so welcome! Congratulations on finishing your first BJD. Do you like the way it came out? Did you amaze yourself? ;U
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shrouded-cuteness Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How much money does it take to make your first BJD?  Assuming people take all of your advice.
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It really depends on where you buy your products from. I can't predict how much 10 to 30 stores are going to charge for all the individual products and add them up for you, you'd have to do the research yourself.

Each person is going to have to go around to all the shops and online places that sell the things they need and add them up, since this changes a lot day to day, and a person in.. Say, Germany doesn't get shipping to the ultra cheap stores China does... It could cost one person 4 times as much with the cheapest options available to them as it costs someone else. So it's really a person-to-person thing.
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shrouded-cuteness Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's a good point.
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Darkrabbitdesigns Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015   General Artist
this is a really great tutorial been thinking about getting into this for a while and this has really helpped thank you for your hard work this is really detailed and i like the list of things you need and what to buy and for beginner and people who want to take it a step futher.
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm happy to have helped you!
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Darkrabbitdesigns Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2015   General Artist
:)
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Noturnojp Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
Fantastic tutorial!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks very much!
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pantarheiarts Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much. :hug:
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abi-m Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015
Thanks for sharing , I shall try this somehow in the future, excellent work, very well explained and detailed
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, thankyou. I'm gladd it's been useful.
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nlia2269 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what clay do you recommend? 
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
As mentioned in the materials section, you can see all the different types of clay I have tried and what I thought about them.

The number 1 best IMO is apoxie 2part resin sculpt.
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nlia2269 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay, thanks!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
no probs! :V
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AngelOfYaoi Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm trying your tutorial again. My first try ended up too small and I used paper clay which was too fragile (his poor ankles are cracking and one is broken :( )
So this time I'm making one twice as big as the first (a 70cm doll this time) and I'm getting me some apoxie sculpt! Also going to get some sculpting tools since I made the first doll with a toothpick as my only sculpting tool LOL
I just finished the new blueprint and I'll keep you updated on my progress!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Apoxie is magical. :D
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AngelOfYaoi Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm sad I have to buy it online, but oh well, I can work on the tin foil bit while I wait for it to come in
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Drerika Featured By Owner Edited Jun 8, 2015  Student General Artist
Finally a tutorial from the very beggining to the ending!
You are a miracle ;w;
just one question: how I should tie the elastic properly? I tried once and it simply unties with the very first small stretching/movement of doll :/ I even tried sewing it up x'D...
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I normally use a double knot, but if it unties, try putting a little water-soluable glue on the knot and letting it dry. That way it won't untie before you're ready. Also, you can try using a square knot.
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