YOU CAN SEE ALL OF THE PROGRESS PHOTOS ON MY TUMBLR: [link]
So I have been experimenting with the whole ball jointed doll thing since a friend of mine pickles_ponies is really into customising dolls (mostly MLP) and he stays at our house a lot and has brought some over. I first got interested when he bought one of those "put it together yourself" kits of Monster High Dolls. Then my housemate ithkale gave him her BJD and it was such a beautiful doll with a beautiful body ;D;
I intend to get into proper BJD later but for now I just wanted to experiment with a monster high doll. I like their interesting anatomy design with the elongated bodies and smallish breast size. The head was way too big for my liking though so I made it smaller.
I used milliput to sculpt the feet, tail, neck and head. I then sanded it down a bit to smoothen it, then painted. I then had a very frustrating couple of days trying to glue the hair on properly. So the hair is a bit messy and I have learned many things! But she shall suffice for now.
I made the outfit out of cutting up an old black t-shirt and some old jewellery of mine and ithkale's.
Things I have learned:
- Tie a knot in the synthetic hair and then glue around it and either side of the knot to get the hair tips to stay together. (By cutting it at either side of the knot)
- Buy more hair next time.
- Make the holes much MUCH bigger and deeper next time >.<
- DON'T GET PVA GLUE THAT DISINTEGRATES IN WATER FOR EASY CLEAN UP WHEN YOU NEED TO USE BOILED WATER ON THE HAIR TO STYLE IT!!!
- Hot glue guns are amazing and superior to super glue and PVA. (For me at least)
- Make an even smaller head (if using monster high doll.)
- Sculpt the fur on the feet (the only reason I didn't is I ran out of milliput)
- Use a smooth surface doll or buy enough milliput to cover the entire body so that there's not so much damn sanding involved >.< I have an impressive blister on my thumb and it took a lot of time and effort to sand down the monster high doll I got (the 2 "put it together yourself" dolls have textured bodies. She was a mummy wrapped in bandages. The other girl is a snake lady with scales.)
- Perhaps sculpt fur into all of the milliput all over the body so that there's basically no sanding involved at all!
- Superglue leaves a white stain residue thingo. Using the hot glue gun would probably be better.
And so there you have it, I may or may not do commissions of these in the future. If I did they'd have to be mighty expensive, I spent around $60 on materials alone, didn't have enough (would need at least another $20 worth or milliput. AT LEAST) and it took me 2-3 full days to make as well as with waiting around for stuff to dry. Looking at $300 MINIMUM for something like this I reckon >.<
So idk. I think maybe I'll just make some generic characters and hold auctions to sell them or something instead.
All in all this was a very interesting, frustrating and also fun experience and I still have 1 monster high doll laying about so at some point I'll make something out of her too ^^
I later intend to move onto these: [link]
Not too bad for my first try I don't think, and my second one will be 10x better given all I have learned with this one!
KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR THIS DOLL AT FURDU! She will be my little advertising girl on the dealer table next to my commission prices :3 (I will be opening for THREE commissions ONLY!!!!)
Please comment if you'd be interested in a custom and what price you'd be happy to pay in the future if I continue to make doll customs!