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Ever wanted to make a BJD ?
The link HERE will show you a making process of Noah's ball-jointed dolls step by step.
It is a kind of a doll with ball-and-socket joints in its body, arms and legs. Limbs and head are joined together by loops of elastic.
There are many variations in the way to join each part of a doll.
Fig.01 shows the construction of Noah's doll.
Each leg has its own piece of elastic, and in both legs loops of elastic run from the ankle up through the knee, the leg-hole and up to the head, both loops being hung on a hook inside the neck.
Other ends of the elastic band are attached to the small "S" shaped hook and hanged on the wire strung inside the wrists and ankles respectively.
No doll can stand up by itself when it hasn't been made well-balanced in its construction.
(1) Drawing up a plan
For a start, draw up a plan in same size, the front and the side, taking account of the balance of each part, and the size of joints. This doll will be 2 feet tall.
(2) Making the core
Here we don't use a mold. We introduce the way of using Styrofoam (foam polystyrene) for the core.
Cut the all parts from the lump of Styrofoam in a size 10mm smaller than finished size.
If you can find Styrofoam balls in adequate size on the market, you may use them for joints.
The neck will be made after the shape of the head is settled and then attached to the head.
Put marks the position of features in the face, and the top and bottom, right and left in the limbs.
Continue the tutorial HERE
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