Posts in Doll making
Sculpting a BJD: Finishing touches

I’m continuing the series about sculpting your own BJD. With these articles, I want to shed some light on the long and difficult process of sculpting a ball-jointed doll. Even though ball-jointed dolls getting more and more popular each year, the information about how you could sculpt one is still scarce. In the previous articles we’ve already talked about the first steps and sculpting joints, now it’s time for my favourite part - finishing touches!

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How to sculpt joints for ball-jointed dolls?

It doesn’t matter if you’re just a beginner or experienced artist, the biggest hassle in BJD making is always joints! The intricate system of ball-jointed dolls that fascinates every enthusiast, collector and artist. It used to intimidate so much that I’ve postponed sculpting my first proper BJD for years. In this article, I want to unveil some of the mystery behind designing and sculpting joints for your dolls. Have in mind that this is just a short overview of quite a difficult subject so I won’t be able to provide step-by-step instructions. If you want robust and informative tutorials, consider joining my BJD sculpting masterclass that will walk you through the whole process of sculpting ball-jointed doll from scratch. Including joints!

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Sculpting a BJD from air-dry clay: first steps

’m sculpting my second ball-jointed doll and I’ve decided to document all the process! A few years ago when I was just trying to understand how ball-jointed dolls actually work, there was almost no information about the topic. Now, people are sharing a little bit more on Instagram or Facebook groups, but it still is a very mysterious form of art. And if you want to try and sculpt a doll yourself, you’re kinda left on your own. With these posts, I hope to shed a little bit of light on the process and maybe inspire you to sculpt your own BJD!

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What do you need to create a BJD prototype?

Looking at those ball-jointed porcelain beauties, a lot of people ask themselves how one can create something like that? Fully posable and moving doll made completely by hand! Mind blowing isn't it? So lets rewind a little bit and take a look into the very first step of creating porcelain ball-jointed doll – the prototype and what do you need to make one!

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How to create a porcelain ball-jointed doll?

Creating a porcelain ball-jointed doll (BJD) was a dream of mine for ages! But I was so overwhelmed with the process that I couldn't do it. After a few years of doll making, practising sculpting, learning about anatomy and mastering my skills I've finally had enough courage at least to try! Today I'm not going to walk you through each step of making a BJD, but I'll show you what it takes to create a porcelain ball-jointed doll.

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