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Make fitting joints for a doll - tutorial by scargeear Make fitting joints for a doll - tutorial by scargeear
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Some hints on making fitting joints. Also basic types of joints are shown.
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If you are interested to know more about joints I highly recommend a tutorial from :icontwigling:www.deviantart.com/users/outgo…
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:iconkilynntor:
KilynnTor Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
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bear48 Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional
nice
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scargeear Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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jeijla Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Hello, nice tutorial but please excuse my noob question!
I'm going to make a doll body for the first time (a two-legged dinosaur actually). I wonder what holds the joints togheter and make them stiff. I realise this is a total newbie question but I hope you wouldn't mind answering, becouse I haven't found very useful info about this unfortunetly... *_*;

Take care! ^^
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scargeear Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
Well, BJDs are strung with elastic. To help create friction in joints you may glue a piece of a thin suede or leather  inside the joint.
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jeijla Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014
Thanks alot! ^^
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MadameHexe Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014
thanks ;_;
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scargeear Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug::hug::hug:
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tspeecestudios Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks so much for putting this together!  I'm trying to gather helpful research before even trying to put a doll together, and this is exactly the kind of thing I've been dying for.
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scargeear Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's great! And it looks you've done a thorough research, so I believe you'll make an awesome doll :hug:
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tspeecestudios Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Professional General Artist
Aw, you're sweet and have way more confidence in my 3D sculpting abilities than I currently do. 
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scargeear Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug:
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Lust-M Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013
You are a weird girly.  Weird, but very, VERY helpful.   Thanks dawg
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scargeear Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot!
I know I'm weird but it would be interesting for me to know why do you think so :hug:
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Lust-M Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
Well it doesn't look like you live the average joe 9-5 office jokey sort of life.  Weird for me means a person who helps aid the progress of human evolution simply by enjoying doing non traditional things. As Martha Stewart might say, "It's a good thing" *hug*
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scargeear Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Believe me, I work in office 40 hrs per week, though my schedule is flexible. I'm involved in IT industry so your suggestion about aiding the progress is true for me in the both fields :la: But I love the way of life you described here, and maybe I'll be brave enough to leave my main work someday. Thank you! :hug:
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Zitchitte Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Yay~! Thank you~! This'll help me today when I start my modeling~! :D
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scargeear Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot! Wish you luck!
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Zitchitte Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you ever so much~!
I will be following your guide~!
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dollmann Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
-=D XOXO
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scargeear Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:la:
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Shadowplum Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Student General Artist
This is really great! Thanks!

I have a question for you, i'm looking into ball jointed dolls for stop-motion animation. Do you think it is possible to use that type of dolls? Do they hold properly for a long pose? Is the clay you use to make them is heavy?
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scargeear Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!

People shoot BJD stop-motion already, please search on Youtube and see the possibilities.
The dolls can hold the pose nicely being properly strung. It also depends on the level of engineering: some dolls pose better than others.
The dolls made out of Apoxie is rather heavy but I try to make the details more thin and lightweight. Polyurethane dolls are lighter. The weight of the doll depends on many factors though.
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Shadowplum Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Student General Artist
wow great thanks for the informations!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
:hug:
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Free-Falling Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
This is really interesting!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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derpgamer12345 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Is it possible to make a porcelain doll jointed? One that has been already made? I have a doll from a long time ago that I recently found, and it would be so amazing for it to be jointed. ^-^ But I know porcelain is easily breakable, so I don't know.
Also, if I were to make my own doll, would it be possible to make one out of Crayola Air dry clay? XD I don't have the money for a kiln, and I've just recently gotten into the idea of making my own dolls (my friend got me watching Rozen Maiden... =-=) So yeah.
Thanks!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
I'm sorry if I understood you incorrectly, but:
1. It's possible to make porcelain ball-jointed dolls from the scratch.
2. It's nearly impossible to insert joints into already made porcelain doll.
If you have some antique doll my advice would be just to enjoy her the way she is. I'm afraid modifying her body could ruin her(((

I never worked with Crayola clay so I don't know how strong it is. Usually air dry clays are not strong enough to bear a regular usage of the dolls for play: sculptor usually make only one of a kind dolls for display or prototypes out of that kinds of materials. Joints should be reinforced with epoxy putties at least to play with a doll. I prefer making playable dolls out of Apoxie Sculpt or Magic Sculpt, those materials are much stronger than any air-drying clay.

If you have some other questions you are welcome to ask.
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derpgamer12345 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012
mmkay! Thank you! :)
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Ravenwolfslayer Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Just when I thought I'd never find instructions on making ball jointed dolls...thank you so much! You are a doll yourself!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are welcome! My pleasure!
Check this one too, very nice and self-explanatory photos: [link] (all in Japanese, use Google translator):love:
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FooFootheSnoo Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
OMG Thank you! :)
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scargeear Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
My pleasure!
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mourningwake-press Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012
thanks so much for posting this!!!!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You are welcome!
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oddno1ishere Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Thank you!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
You're welcome!
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briescha Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Very thorough tutorial. And coherent, too. Thanks! :)
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scargeear Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot!
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briescha Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Welcome!
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briescha Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional General Artist
Also, here I go re-doing my doll's joints. I like the combined joint but wasn't doing it exactly right. Also, couldn't quite figure out a smooth-looking joint lock. Exactly=better, right? :D
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hanatsukuri Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
As always, a lovely tutorial. WOW on all photos, detailed explanations, and general ease of reading. Nicely done.
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scargeear Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much!
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TheSignof43 Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So helpful!
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scargeear Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thank you!
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ElizabethBathory Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012
This tutorial is really nice, thank you for sharing.
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scargeear Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks a lot!
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NanaCasas Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for this! I am trying to learn how to make my own BJD, so this is very helpful information. I appreciate your kindness and willingness to share your knowledge! :nod: :heart:
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