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Ball jointed doll tutorial part 4 by Deskleaves Ball jointed doll tutorial part 4 by Deskleaves
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TurtleDesu Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I plan on using sculpeyIII for this,  what should I do for the steps that require the clay to be dried?  Can I proceed with cutting and seperating the pieces without needing to bake/boil the sculpey? Or should I bake/boil it before cutting it?
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner May 10, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
You should bake/boil it before cutting.  Otherwise, the piece will lose shape and not fit back together properly
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TurtleDesu Featured By Owner May 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!  And if its alright for me to ask something else, For the parts that require the clay to harden, and then reapplying more clay after (like putting the cut off part of the head back on, or having the rings of clay around the joints).  I would boil the pieces again with the new unboiled clay on it?
I havent been able to find anything on google
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner May 20, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Yes,  you would boil the pieces again. I think it's good that you can boil the pieces instead, because baking them again and again is really risky. Boiling though is pretty safe.
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cindy70r Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2016
love tutorial
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TheAnxiousGamer Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang, I wish I had found this tutorial sooner! x.x I messed up my torso, the bottom half (with the buttocks and bellybutton) looks great but the chest piece that fits ontop of it looks horrid and doesnt even fit it correctly. I'm not sure how I'd create a new one to fit, either. ;-; Im in a little bit of a pickle, lol. No matter - I dont give up that easy!
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2c309 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016
these tutorials are super helpful and awesome!!!!!!!!!! (ᗒᗨᗕ) 
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Oh good! I'm glad they are useful for you. u 3 u
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FuckinK-san Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I feel kind of awkward making another question again.. (pd: ended up buying cling wrap rather than paper towel, I made a mess with that, along with other aspects I had to re-do) but if the doll is quite small, and the balls used in it are, well, quite small too, could I do something else that could work as the drilling? I don't think I can find the drill 'head' (not sure if its called like that @_@) small enough, I'm thinking about using a knife, but I wanted to ask first

Also your tutorial is great!! Im making my first bjd and your tutorial's been helping me troughout all of the process
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
As long as you are careful, you can use a knife or even a screwdriver and a small screw.
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FuckinK-san Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks a lot!
also I have another question..
I havent sealed the head yet, but I'm planning on putting eyes on it rather than paint them on, how would this go? should I glue the eyes inside before sealing, should the eyes even be glued?
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Nonono, don't glue them. You put the eyes inside with putty, like blue tac or something used to hang posters that doesn't dry up  and is removed easy. You just sand the eye socket and use new clay to shape it so that the eyes you picked fit inside. Wrap the eye in plastic wrap before putting it into the wet socket so it doesn't get dirty.
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FuckinK-san Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, thank you so much >.< 
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iHeadsetShiba Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Question how  do they not pop out of the socket? Like the shoulder to the body? How come it didn't just fall out!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It's because the pieces are hollow inside, like a bead. So, when all the parts are put together, it's a lot like stringing beads into a bracelet or necklace. Except, the string used inside the doll is stretchy elastic, like a rubber band almost, and when you tie up both ends of the string, it's a little bit tight. Then, you can pull on the arm or leg, and position the joint how you want. Then when you let it go, the tightness of the stretchy string pulls it back together and keeps the joints in their sockets.

You know those candy bead necklaces that have stretchy strings? It's like that! You can pull one away to eat it, but then when you let go, all the candy beads snap back tightly together. It works like that! :3

The stringing part comes almost last, after all the parts are made. You just kind of hold them up to each other and press them in to make sure they will fit together first, they don't actually stay together until the doll has the stretchy string inside.
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JC4Ever97 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014
Do you know how to make the knees double jointed?
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I do.

Instead of using a ball-shaped joint, you make an extra long joint, and put the joints at both ends. Instead of being a ball, like this (_) It's a.... lozenge. Like this. (___) Both ends are made into joints for better mobility.
The doll itself doesn't look as natural.

Also, the knee is sculpted onto this joint, instead of the thigh or shin.
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JC4Ever97 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
Oh okay, I get it.. Thank you so very much for answering so quickly! Awesome tutorial btw one of the best I've ever read! :D
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Jjholic Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
-Cries 5ever-
Remember in the previous tutorial how you were talking about scoring the head?
When you said that if you were painting on the eyes then not to score them, I thought you meant the entire head. So I didn't score it at all. And now my doll is dry and there is no way to remove the foil or insert a hook -Squeals and flails and falls over in defeat-
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Nonono, it's ok~

Don't worry. All you have to do is carve off the top of the head. It just takes much longer when it isn't scored; Scoring the soft clay saves time. :3

Don't forget to mark with a pencil.

When the head is finished, just seal it back shut with more clay.
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M-E-G-A-M-I Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Student Artist
Thank you! Its very helpful.
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kawaiinoirshop Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2013
THANK YOU FOR THIS, dear god thank you
I can finally stop watching hours of youtube videos having no clue as to what they are doing or how they got there xD

seriously you are an angel!

Lidia
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I-F Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013
Thank you so much! I'm trying to make a ball jointed doll but no one has been so clear about the joints as you have here. It's so nice to see it from all angles. 
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad I could help! Please contact me if you get stuck, or need some help. ;u; I'm always ready to help my fans.
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EdgeofFear Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I found Ball jointed dolls on this site and thought they were amazing, and then I started researching where to buy and they're all so expensive...so then I turned to making....and it all seemed very overwhelming and intimidating, until i found your wonderful tutorial! Its so in depth! It breaks the whole process down into bite sized bits that make me think I can actually do this! Thank you so much! :hug:
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Of course, I'm glad to help.

I will be opening my own shop, soon, where I will be making custom dolls for a far less extortive prices other makers sell them for.
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EdgeofFear Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, cool. When you do, I'll shop there! :meow:
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hooray! I can't wait to make all my friends; awesome OCs.
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EdgeofFear Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:meow: Do you have photos of your dolls in your gallery? I looked but couldn't find any....then again. I didn't look very well because the dog started chasing flies and jumped over me.
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I have only ONE picture of Dogwood's face. Dogwood is one of the 'savages' in my 'creatures' folder. I managed to take photos of him during his sculpt phase because I wanted to show off his fully posable ears. It used to be on DA, but isn't now.

Although, before I sell any dolls, I will definitely be making a few examples so people know what it is exactly that they are purchasing.
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EdgeofFear Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I shall look! And probably fav it! lol

I can't wait to see the examples!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I can't wait to get my hands on some materials.
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xaidenlovelyx Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, just stumbled across your tutorial and I must agree with everyone else. This is by far the best and most understandable tutorial on how to make ball jointed dolls yet! I've stumbled across a few others that have wayyy too many steps that aren't even thoroughly explained! I'm excited for the arrival of part 5 to this tutorial. Thank you so much! When I get across to starting my doll, I'll show you the finished result if you're interested. It'd be a first long-term project for me. n.n :iconlawooplz:
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm soooo jealous of you right now, I don't have any materials. D; Lol, I'm glad you find it useful.
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xaidenlovelyx Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awh me either! I just obtained some floral foam today. ^^ And I'm argueing whether to use stoneclay or paperclay..decisions! I find it veryy useful. n.n
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Stoneclay, for sure. It's not as cheap or light, but way stronger, and way less risk of buying a crap product.
Contact me for any troubleshooting.
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xaidenlovelyx Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah thank you for telling me! Yeah I prefer good quality over cheap prices..it just makes it worth it in the end because I know it'll last a lot longer and stuff. Will do! Thanks!<3
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draweverywhere Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for putting together this very useful tutorial! I am very inspired!
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome. Part 5 should be finished in a week or two, and hopefully, it will be the last part on making them.

I'm going to show how and where to carve the slots for the joints, and how to string the doll together.
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SD-DreamCrystal Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This seems pretty easy to follow, I can't wait to see part 5!
I was more interested in how the ball joints themselves were made, as I read somewhere that someone actually used wooden beads to make the joints and it perked my curiosity on how the 'slits' for the joints would work and such. Will part 5 cover more on the joints as well?
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yes. I will be sure to explain the slots for each joint, and why they are shaped a certain way.
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SD-DreamCrystal Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I look forward to seeing that tutorial. I had planned on making BJ critters like some others have done on here but the joint are what are stumping me XD
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They are tricky... And there are no good tutorials that remotely cover them!! D:
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SD-DreamCrystal Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I noticed. One tutorial had the nice idea of using wooden beads (as I've said before) But she doesn't cover enough on turning the beads into the ball joints for the dolls :|
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You have to carve a slot into the existing bead hole.

But you're right, they don't show you HOW, they just show you the finished product.
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SD-DreamCrystal Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, I will be looking forward to how it is done though :)
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FairyMae Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
can't wait for the next step!
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bLoodinmud Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks for the upload, ive been waiting for this :D
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bLoodinmud Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Professional General Artist
thanks i've been waiting for this :D
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Snow-Bear Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, can't wait for more~! I'm so making one when I get the time and supplies~
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