2 Comments

I Want to Make My Own BJD – Part 3

Continued from Part 2.
Reminder: This is an experimental doll.
I am testing different materials and techniques, results might vary, so please do not see it as a tutorial.

2015-06-26 09.05.16 2015-06-26 09.05.16

2015-06-26 09.05.16 2015-06-26 09.05.16

2015-06-26 09.05.16 2015-06-26 09.05.16

So, this was the first version. In the second version I am going to make a set of “bones” first. Well, actually they will look like a bunch of beads – ball and socket joint sets. After they are complete, I will assemble the “skeleton” and test how it fits and moves. Then I am planning to sculpt the doll around that skeleton. Added bonus – the “bones” can be molded and recast – to save time and effort on the next doll.

Off we go.
Tools and Materials:

hollow balls for modeling spherical surfaces in future ball-socket joints
x-acto knife to make holes in the balls
1/4″ thread screws for torso and legs
1/4″ thread studs (coming soon) to make X-shaped chest connector bead and Y-shaped hip connector bead
8-32 thread screws for arms
Living Doll clay for modeling
forceps for supporting parts during baking
lego base and blocks – for mold box
– vaseline petroleum jelly – release agent for magic sculpt
disposable brush – to brush vaseline on the mold and the part
magic sculpt epoxy putty – for molding
digital scale – for measuring equal parts of magic sculpt
metal bead sizer triangle – precision shaping of the ball after molding
sanding mesh – to polish the parts
ice pick – to pry mold open
elastic cord – 3 mm for the body and legs, 2 mm for the arms
restringing hook to pull the elastic through the parts

2015-06-26 09.05.16 2015-06-26 09.05.16

2015-06-26 09.05.16 2015-06-26 09.05.16

2015-06-26 09.05.16 2015-06-26 09.05.16

Here is what I have now.  I am going to make molds from these parts and cast them.

2015-06-26 09.05.16

Most of these ball and socket bead prototypes were made simply by putting a plastic ball on a screw, adding some clay and baking.
The elbow and knee beads were made differently, because they are not really round. The process is described here.

*****************
Press mold – to cast parts in clay and to make parts which repeat.
Release agent for magic sculpt – Vaseline Petroleum Jelly.

2015-06-26 09.05.16 2015-06-26 09.05.16

2015-06-26 09.05.16 2015-06-26 09.05.16

2015-06-26 09.05.16

All the parts are ready, 45 pieces total.
Here is the first assemble. Good enough for now.
Next I will cast all parts in plaster and fine tune them. I expect plaster will allow finer cuts and thinner walls then clay allows. Clay is just too fragile. Then I will make the mold of those “fine-tuned” parts.

At that point I am hoping to have a reusable mold for a well-fitting working set of BJD bones which can be easily recast and used to sculpt a BJD doll. And not necessarily the same kind of doll. The joints (the hardest part) will be the same, but the doll might be shorter or taller, slender of full-bodied, young or old. Further modifications (smaller hips, wider shoulders,  longer/shorter neck and limb tubes) will allow a male version. Well, that is the idea for all this, I am hopeful it will work.

2015-06-26 09.05.16 2015-06-26 09.05.16

2015-06-26 09.05.16 2015-06-26 09.05.16

Thank you, to be continued…

2 comments on “I Want to Make My Own BJD – Part 3

  1. Fantastic! I WILL have to try to make one similar. What a challenge!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s