I love my Pullip so much, I'd fill my room with dolls if I could afford it!
Honestly, with all the money and time I spend on clothes, I think I'll be plenty satisfied with one doll to twin with, and I can make her mini versions of some of my favorite designs.
But I've heard they can get quite addictive, and i know they are a hobby in themselves. XD
I might get hooked!
On that note:
This time, we have a fantastic guest post from Miss Maria Rainier. She's actually a resident blogger and researcher of an online degree info site , but put together this article for us concerning BJDs and how to customize them. I'm really excited to try some of this out myself!
Ball-Jointed Dolls: From Sueding to Face Ups
Ball-jointed dolls are beloved for their endless possibilities for customizing. From their eyes to their wigs to their makeup to their outfits, the options for customization mean that even the same doll can take on thousands of different forms. While this array of possibilities can be exhilarating for some, it can be quite intimidating for others. Fortunately, there are many tutorials available to help you better understand how to manipulate the array of strings and moving parts and to learn the tricks of customizing for yourself.
Sometimes, those joints can become loose and floppy, meaning that your doll won't pose or stand as it can. An easy fix is to "suede" the joints of your doll to hold the poses in place for dioramas and photos, and to help convey your doll's sense of attitude. There are a couple of ways that you can suede your doll's joints. The first is "hot glue sueding," which uses the friction of a low-temp hot glue to make the joints more firm.
Hot Glue Sueding Tutorial from Comic Book Artist Boi:
Tutorial from BJD Collectasy:
Another easy way to help make your doll more poseable is to wire the joints and the body. This will help it to hold standing poses or to maintain any other poses you like. The method is much easier than sueding your doll, though if your doll suffers from loose joints, you may have to suede it or restring it in order for the wiring to be effective.
The Denver Doll Emporium has many tips on the care of your BJD, including a short section on wiring your doll: Re-Stringing
Re-stringing your doll can be one of the more intimidating mods you can make. You have to take apart your doll and are left with a pile of parts and joints, which may not be readily recognizable when you have to put everything back together again. The correct pathways for the strings can also be a bit confusing, depending on the type of doll you have, as some dolls have hidden cavities in their torsos. This video tutorial can help:
One of the most fun aspects of customizing can be making your own wigs. All ball-jointed dolls are bald until you give them hair, and choosing the style and color of your doll's wig will determine much about his or her personality. Is he sweet or punky? Is she a Lolita or a vamp? Your wig can help make these determinations. Though there are many different varieties of wigs on the market, you may have something more specific in mind, or you may have a special character that you want to create. Rather than trying to modify an existing wig, you can make your own from scratch.
There are many materials from which you can make your wig, including fur, mohair, yarn, and synthetic hair, and many materials from which you can make your cap, including cloth, netting, and latex. One of the easiest ways to make your wig is to use cloth and fur hair. Here is an easy-to-follow tutorial:
Face Up for a Tan BJD
Maria Rainier is a freelance writer and recent graduate of Elon University. She is currently a resident blogger at an online college degrees resource site, where recently she’s been researching different online mechanical engineering degrees and blogging about student life. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.