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BJD Making from scratch by TherieKardie BJD Making from scratch by TherieKardie
[link] << shameless self-advertising: open for BJD Commissions!

FIRST, I've put time and effort to drawing this, so credits please if you use it :> .
The numbers are diameter of the ball joints , the neck part is also a 2cm (missed that orz). This is for a double jointed 25cm BJD. Click download for full view (A4 sized).

NOW FOR THE TUTORIAL LINKS OUT (because I don't do tutorials, at least not for now) :
Okay I've been lusting for those resin made people thingies for more than a year now and since I'm still a poor idiot there's still a long way to go if I'm gonna get one so... since I'm a crafter, why don't I make one myself? So I've been searching all around and found quite some useful tutorials (some through months of agonizing search) and here to help out you interested people to lessen unneeded pain in the world :D

Here is a collection of links out to tutorials and resources for making BJDs, from top to bottom and from scratch. Which means everything you need to start making your BJD! Additional things (clothes,faceups, items, furniture) NOT included as there are many tutorials about them already.

There's also a forum for BJD makers called The Joint [link] (thx ~Security16 for the great suggestion)


LINKS:

[link] -Aimi-doll < In japanese, but contains alot of pictures. Covers the whole process of making a BJD,including eyes and hair. Mainly uses air drying clay.

[link] - Noah's dolls < Covers the process of making the body, uses styrofoam, sawdust, stone clay and epoxy resin.

[link] < gallery containing close-up shots of ball joints.

[link] -DreamsCreator SHUEN <the record of making a doll's head.

[link] -Nonidolls <wefting hairs tutorial for wig making.

[link] -Parabox < Making a wig from wefts

[link] < wig making. Personally, I find the wig cap part quite nice.

[link] < Eye making tutorial by ~ramaon

[link] (@DenOfAngels) < Eyelash making tutorial.

EXTRA :
[link] & [link] -DreamsCreator SHUEN < not about making the doll, but the scene for photographing. Very cool xD

NOTE :
*Stone clay= Paper clay= Air drying clay= LaDoll clay. Basicly they're the same. That took me long enough to understand.

*advice :
1. read through all the instructions
2. read as many tutorials as you can because you may find that some parts are applicable somewhere else, even if the whole thing may not be so good.
3. try out other ways of doing anything
4. be versatile and be very creative !
5. Find references . LOTS of them. You'll need them :)
6. Measurement charts for commercially available BJDs help too.

* The DenOfAngels (DOA) forum is a very informative site for BJD stuff.

Though I'm still finding the materials to make one, I would be jealous happy if anyone would show me what they made through these tutorials^^ links to your masterpieces are welcome desu!

Ask any questions, I'll see if I can answer :) and if you find other helpful tutorials please comment so i can add them to the list <3

ATTENTION : I did not make all the tutorials and they belong to their respective owners. Credits go to them too so thank them, not me :)

I will be updating this from time to time if i find more tutorials on doll making, so stay tuned for more!
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:iconhellokittysushi:
HelloKittySushi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Artist
I used this, and i dont know what to do now lol
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DreamInSymmetry Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2014
Hi hi. Wondering what "double jointed" means please. I've never seen a schematic like this before. Not sure how the joints are intended to be realised. 
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Hatty-hime Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I want to try this but I'm so curious about how the joints work. I guess I'm a bit confused about the wiring itself.
Does anyone have a descriptive wiring process in video or photos? I cant seem to find anything that shows what to do!
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TherieKardie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the long overdue comment, but hope this helps :) 

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crunchy-toast Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When can you find the joints?
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
From what ive seen so far, there's no where to find ready made ball joints for this purpose. People usually make them by their own using clay, or drilling wooden balls and beads. those materials you can find at craft shops :D
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crunchy-toast Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've resorted to making mine from polymer clay, which i suppose has its advantages
thanks :)
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcomed, good luck ^^
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vk-tsuki Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the links :dummy:
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome my dear ~
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vk-tsuki Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
^^
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome my dear ~
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SomeShyGirl Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awww I tried to go to the DOA site but had to register and then it said I needed an invitation code. Well I hopefully have enough info to get started. Thanks so much for putting this all together!
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome and goodluck !
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CreativeNight Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you for sharing all your research. it can be hard finding this stuff on your own. it will help a lot. so thanks.
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your welcome. And your welcome. It is hard but all the results are worth it ^^
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icedragonair Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For anyone looking for cloth clay(which isn't found in North america as far as I know) and la doll clay cheap and doesn't mind shipping, after hours of searching, I found this great website called hobbylink japan, where you can get both, and they ship to north america at least. [link]
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HedwigZevon Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG Thank you so much for all the time you put into this! I have so much to learn and what a great collection you have here!
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TherieKardie Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you too ^^
Glad this helped~ credits go to the tutorial makers though~
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SMDgamer27 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm making an action figure, but I wanted to know how to make balljoints for the figure. Thanks for sharing the tutorials :iconlaplz:
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're very welcome~ xD
good luck on your project!
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:iconsmdgamer27:
SMDgamer27 Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks!
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
no probs ^^
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SMDgamer27 Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
:)
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FireflyFlyAway Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
oh wow! I am going to collect stuff to try and make one myself! o:
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck on your journey~ xD
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flutteralways Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Very cool! I may have to try this!! (I will credit of course :D) What a neat idea!
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
March on, brave soldier!
Do show your work when its done ^^
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Sputterfilm Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012
hey im using your pattern for a doll, but i modified it for an adult and also to be part-animal. when i post it i'll credit you : )
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Okie! thank's for the appreciation~! xD
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Poopymonkeydoo Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you so much for making this. @_@
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love you so much for using this. ^3^
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Poopymonkeydoo Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:'D
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TherieKardie Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^^
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Project-Slevin Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thanks so much been looking for examples of blueprints everywhere and your links im most grateful for as well. :D you are so awesome for sharing thankyou so much!
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome! glad it helped ^^
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oops, disregard that.. I commented on the wrong page!
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Never mind ^^ Perhaps I shall have a look too :p
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Deskleaves Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hello. I think I can help you. I have a tutorial I made of how I make MY dolls. I don't have any photos of them right now, but my tutorial is very informative, and you're very welcome to use it as long as it's on my DA page.
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viper137 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this is super helpful but I havnt seen anything about resins. is there any particular recommended brand?
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well actually I have not had any experience with resin, but you can go over to The Joint and ask those lovely doll makers there. I'm sure they can help you out :>
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viper137 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh. can i have the web address? thanks :3
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
[link]
Its right there in the description, but oh well ^^
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:iconviper137:
viper137 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh thanks :3
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
your welcome ^^
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:iconviper137:
viper137 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^w^
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cottencandy147 Featured By Owner May 3, 2012  Student Artist
I LOVE THIS!!! THANKS SO MUCH!!! :3
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:icontheriekardie:
TherieKardie Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
welcomes ^^
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