Hello! Welcome to my new blog. Here I will record my progress and information about my Ball jointed Doll making progress.
Some of you may not know what a bjd, or super dollfie is. Here’s what Wiki had to say…. (examples of the dolls below)
A ball-jointed doll is any doll that is articulated with ball and socket joints. In contemporary usage when referring to modern dolls, and particularly when using the acronyms BJD or ABJD, it usually refers to modern Asian ball-jointed dolls. These are cast in polyurethane synthetic resin, a hard, dense plastic, and the parts strung together with a thick elastic. They are predominantly produced in Japan, South Korea and China. The BJD style has been described as both realistic and influenced by anime. They commonly range in size from about 60 centimetres (24 in) for the larger dolls, 40 cm (16 in) for the mini dolls, and all the way down to 10 cm (4 in) or so for the tiniest of the tiny BJDs. BJDs are primarily intended for adult collectors and customizers. They are made to be easy to customize, by painting, changing the eyes and wig, and so forth.
The modern BJD market began with Volks line of Super Dollfie in 1999. Super Dollfie and Dollfie are registered trademarks but are sometimes erroneously used as generic blanket terms to refer to all Asian BJDs regardless of manufacturer.
They actually get bigger than 60cm as stated in the article and I believe they have even made some life sized ones! Crazy you say, yes it’s true, but so is everything else.
These dolls run from anywhere to 50$ to 1000$ of dollars! Generally they are found in the 300$-800$ range. A typical doll is about 500$. What is so cool about these that I should shell out so much money for them? Well the neat thing about these dolls is the custimizing. You can swap out the eyes, hands, head, wig, etc. Some even have different ears! Also these dolls are more possible then your generic barbie doll. They also have more defined features and anatomy then regular doll, making it a friend to an artist for reference.
Owners tend to be a little crazed about their dolls. They are expensive so the need to protect them, along with the sort of “child” parent relationship they can have. Owners usually give not only names, but whole backgrounds and personalities to their dolls. They can create their own little families so it’s easy to see their craze for them, myself included.
So now you know a little about the dolls and the people who own them. So what is this thread all about? I am a 3D artist, having graduated from the D.A.V.E. school. Digital Animation and Visual Effects school here at universal studios, Orlando Florida. A few others and myself have taken the thought to model a 3D doll and to get it printed to create their very own doll. Normal methods is to sculpt with clay, Styrofoam, wire and other materials to make their own dolls, then to either paint them or make a mold and cast a resin version. I hope to make a 3D model and then get it printed out with a special printer that will duplicate the 3d model out in real life. This is done by printing layer upon layer. Like making a mound or mountain, building up from the ground up. i want to share this experience and record it here for myself and others to use to help them in the process. So come join me and let me know your BJD making experiences!