thank you for following me! I’m so glad it helped! (wha, I’m on Google, that is pretty neat.) I just found your doll project and it looks really cool, I’ll be keeping an eye on it
Thank you!! I use Apoxie Sculpt, but really the reason I can get it so smooth is sanding sponges.
I caved and made a 1/3 head. (What? It got all stupid cold again and I had nothing better to do.)
I did, I molded all parts except the double joints and hands and used about two of these trail sizes from Smooth-on. If you’re using Smooth-On products, you can also use this calculator to find out the amount of silicone you’d need, if you want a more precise answer. Err on the side of generous, as always, and good luck! Let us know how it goes.
she got feet and such
She’s a really solid stander. I’ll share my engineering notes with anyone who wants to know, but for now I am running out of Internet and can just about afford to post one thing.
also, I did some number crunching and I am going to have to sell this as a one-off via auction, I am so sorry to disappoint those of you who were interested in buying a cast… I simply don’t have the resources right now to coordinate a preorder, hope that enough dolls to sell, and then wait a few months for casts to come back. And sadly the money I’d make from a one-off is probably about the same that I’d make from selling casts, all told. Plus I might need to look for a new casting company. The one I used for Iphigenia took a lot longer than expected, and time being a factor, I can’t really sit around three or four months waiting for a thing to pay off.
why is that a thing
(Photos by Robust Casting)
Iphigenia (14cm bjd) in colors! Pre-cleanup and assembly of course but look at all those tiny heads! I am really very pleased with the colors— gray looks a tad darker than I’d like but we’ll see how it looks in person. They all look beautiful and I don’t know how I’ll survive the wait for the post to get them to me.
(PS sorry been away lately, I now live in the middle of nowhere and there is literally no Internet except what my phone gets. Tumblr eats up an amazing amount of data so I can only check in every so often. Please do feel free to message me if there is something I should see or know about— otherwise chances are I’ll miss it. I depend on you!)
Could you send me a drawing of your design? I’m not sure what you’re getting at. Short answer is, the more area you cover with the socket the more you have to subtract from the sphere part, to keep the same motion. But really so long as your ball and socket fit properly together, and you string the doll correctly, the legs will not pop out of the sockets even if they cover less than 50%.
There are also different ways of stringing the hip that would stop the legs from popping out for sure— it depends on what your design allows for. In the mean time I don’t have experience with yarn dolls but this cool lady does.
Haha I’m a female! I guess it is a little ambiguous.
I can’t speak for everyone out there but personally, I just don’t have the time or frankly the interest to master silicone moldmaking and resin casting. I can do it well enough to make junk parts and to further my sculpting process, but I’d rather spend my free time sculpting. More importantly to my potential customers, between the time I’d spend learning how to do it to a professional level, and the money I’d sink into materials, it would end up being a lot more costly. I absolutely do not want to discourage anyone from learning how to do it themselves because it is such a great skill to have, if you have the time and resources, but for me it makes more sense to send my dolls away.
Thanks for asking! It’s an honor to be on anyone’s favorite BJD sculptors list. <3
moredaytodawn asked a question: Hi there! I wanted to pass this on to you: “Once you get this you have to say 5 nice things about yourself, and then send this to 10 of your favorite followers~”
I am a big dumb and deleted this when I tried to answer this on my phone so here goes again:
1) I am decisive
2) I work hard to get what I want
3) I make a good chicken pot pie
4) I have a pretty high pain tolerance???
well I tried. Thanks for asking you da bomb
(photo by Robust Casting)
All right some good news and some bad news. Good news is, the casting company did start on my order as scheduled and sent along this photo of the first casts of Iphigenia in white (albeit green-tinged due to the photoshop effect they used). A very exciting moment, I think you’ll agree! Here she has not yet been sanded and whatnot.
However, since then they have had issues with their resin supplier that have caused about a month of delay. They’ve promised me (again) to be finished in two weeks, and at this point I’m just sort of stuck waiting. A bit annoying but they have been good about updates, are fairly upfront and very apologetic about things, so I’m not worried.
The good news is, I did account for production delays and everything is still on track to be finished by March. Literally everything else needed to complete this run is done, so as soon as the dolls get here I can ship them out.
tl;dr everything is still on track but there will not be more pictures until later.
Going to be away for a little bit, and I wanted to do a quick update before I leave (sorry for the lack of more creative posing, in a hurry.) The neck joint is obviously still quite rough and her arms are not completely sanded/finalized— but she has a left hand now and the beginnings of feet, so the end isn’t too far off. Errrm other than that wish me luck. Tomorrow morning, I’m finally contracting to join the Marine officer program. It’s taken a lot of hard work and time and effort, so it’s a proud moment for me. And then on Saturday I’m moving to Virginia. (Any Tumblr BJD fans over there? I’d love to go to a meet or something.) Busy, busy week.
Tiny miniature ball-jointed dolls by Inae Mogi (the one with the black wig) and “kijineco” (bald one)
They’re actually the same artist. Here is their flickr.
Not at all! Thanks very much for your interest, I truly adore hearing from people. I’ve tentatively set her preorder price at $290. She’ll be limited to one edition of 20 to 50 pieces max. There’s a pretty good chance of the preorder happening based on the general amount of interest, but nothing is official yet (especially as the doll isn’t finished! who knows, you might hate her once she has feet, haha)— I’ll keep everyone posted here, and later on, on my website.
Someone asked for a comparison pic. Kouros is unstrung because he is perfectly primed and I don’t want to damage surface of the parts.
To celebrate the fact that the production of my first doll is done (and now I’m waiting on the postal service) this is a giveaway exclusively for tumblr*, in which the item being given away is Chris, a 15.5cm resin Ball Jointed Doll. He is standard dollhouse sized, and could also pass nicely as a BJD’s BJD. He is holding a battered cadmium orange pencil for scale.
To the Details!
Each reblog** of this post will count as an entry***
If you decide to follow me, then I will grant you an extra entry****
I will post worldwide
You can choose which colour you want
The dolls are for sale too - you can buy one here
The pencils are not part of the giveaway, they are old and grotty.
* There will be one for my facebook followers in the near future
** I do ask that you please not spam your followers, and if I suspect this is happening I will cap entry numbers.
*** I will not count reblogs from the following:
**** If you were following me before I posted this you already have 2 entries - no effort required.
When is the deadline? Feb 14, thanks