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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)


[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.

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

*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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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. 
HoneyDoodles 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!
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry for the long overdue comment, but hope this helps :) 

crunchy-toast Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When can you find the joints?
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
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 :)
TherieKardie Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcomed, good luck ^^
vk-tsuki Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks for the links :dummy:
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