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Beginning my first BJD

Years ago I bought a head.  An Obitsu doll head.  I was really interested in the style of dolls, but could only afford the head to start with.  I bought it some eyes, then promptly forgot all about it for a couple of years!

Obitsu head custom
The Obitsu head finally got a face and hair!

I discovered Monster High dolls, and realised you could customise them too, so bought a few since they were significantly cheaper!

MH sugar skull custom
The first Monster high doll that I customised

With obsession levels building, I had soon purchased a Hujoo baby Suve doll, and a Pong Pong Pukifee doll to learn to customise for myself! (Poor Pong Pong is still waiting her turn to be done!)

Hujoo Suve custom
My Hujoo Baby Suve

Once I had seen Marina Bychkova‘s beautiful Enchanted Doll website, and read about how she had sculpted the dolls herself…I was determined to make my own too!  Though at the moment I have no intention of getting into Resin casting, or porcelain casting, I do want to focus on one of a kind paper clay dolls for the time being. (The recent purchase of a 3D printer might tell you something about our future plans though…hehehehh)

1st bjd plans
The first draught of my bjd plan

 

1st bjd head
By the time I thought to take a photo, I had already started a second head!

I had bought a 16oz pack of creative paperclay, and had read a few online tutorials, so I knew to start with a removable base shape to build the clay onto.  I made mine from tin foil, over plastic drink straws.  The first layer takes a few days to fully dry, but once it does, it feels nice and light, and sands smooth very nicely ^__^

I just went for it with the first head, I hadn’t tried to sculpt anything since my teens (and i’m in my thirties now!) so it looked a bit rough, and less than ideally shaped.  I decided to start a second one, and work on both simultaneously, to see which one I preferred.

bjd plan and core
I drew more accurate plans, and started the torso

Since paperclay takes ages to dry if it’s thick, I decided to start the torso pretty quickly too, using the same armature materials as the head, which came out quite easily once I’d cut the head-cap off ^__^

1st bjd torso1st bjd torso cut1st bjd torso smoothed

Here you can see I’ve added a layer of clay, added a little definition, and let it dry fully before cutting in half along the rib line.  Once I’d removed all the tin foil, I built up a rounded lip onto the lower torso section, to allow the top section to move smoothly over it.

More development next time!

Thanks for reading!

Beth.

1 thought on “Beginning my first BJD

  1. I should just add here, that I started sculpting the first head in the last week of March, 2014. I posted my first picture of her progress on April 1st, on Facebook 🙂

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