Sculpting a BJD Torso with Aprylian

Aprylian of YouTube Sculpts a Ball Jointed Doll Torso:

Above you can see Aprylian demonstrate how to sculpt the ball jointed doll torso, using  wooden balls/beads for the joints.  It is a slow process, one of adding clay, smoothing and then scraping into shape.  But this is a great video to show beginners how the “ball joints” are sculpted into the doll.

In this video, Aprylian shows how the beads are used to create the “indentations” in the torso.  When sculpting the legs, you would use the actual wooden beads to create the upper thigh, if you were making a master to make a mold, or you would make a quick waste mold in order to make the male-side of the upper thigh.  Many people buy my Large Doll Eye Mold in order to make the upper portions of the legs/arms/wrists, and then make a corresponding “pressing tool” in order to make the indentations.

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I find it interesting that she also uses either a tinted oil or paint to paint the belly button indentation area.  I have never seen this before, but I bet it gives the doll just a hint of color in that area, which is what you want.

 

If you want to see and/or subscribe to Aprylian’s Channel, click here.

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Pinterest – Miniatures Reborn

Another Pinterest Favorite!

I found this huge Pinterest Board of sculpted polymer clay babies.  Each one is adorable.  This is a great link to keep handy when you are getting ready to sculpt little baby fairies.  Each of the dolls on the board is posed differently and just by studying the board, you will put to memory many “believable poses”.

If you want to see the entire Pinterest Board, click here.

polymer clay babies

 

sculpted babies

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Sculpting OOAK Polymer Clay Baby Jack Face

Ileana J from YouTube has a great sculpting video about how to sculpt a baby doll’s face.  It is posted below.

What I like about Ileana’s technique is that she sculpts by starting with small easy shapes, and then adding clay a little at a time.  Although there is no audio on this video, it is still an excellent video for newbie sculptors to watch.

Her baby winds up with a perfectly shaped mouth and she has the right about of “chubby cheeks” to be really convincing.

She uses a tool similar to my dental tool and you can see how well the clay reacts to it.  Because it is stainless steel, it leaves no residue.

I also want to call beginner’s attention to how lightly Ileana holds the doll’s head while she moves it during sculpting.  You can see why she gets no “crushing” effects on one side while she is working on other side of the face.

I hope you enjoy the video and if you have an examples of your own work, please feel free to post them below.

You can see other videos on Ileana’s Channel on YouTube here.

 

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A for Artistic – Sculpting Facial Expressions

sculpting faces with expressions

Found this Seminar that took place in May on A for Artistic Website.  So sorry I missed it!

It was all about sculpting expressions  Below is a gallery of each of the expressions up close.  This is a great picture to have on your sculpting table because each face shows which areas of the face are changed in exhibiting the specific emotions.

This example also show the introduction of teeth, which of course add so much to the smile.

Check out how the eyebrows are raised and lowered in showing happiness and sadness.  The muscles right above the eyes show a “sadness” that is hard to capture.  Even seeing the three smiling teeth faces show how the cheeks and eyes are changed with small smiles and big smiles.

This is a great resource to have.  I hope you enjoy it.  Please share with us your pictures of your own sculpting.

 

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How to Make a Resin Bangle Bracelet

Video by Alumilite:

Above is a pretty simple video that shows you how to make a resin bangle bracelet.

It’s by Alumilite, which is a company that sells silicone rubber and pourable resin.  He demonstrates how easy it is to make a silicone mold of a simple bangle bracelet and then pour multiples of it in resin.  He adds a little glitter material to give the bracelet some color.

Alumilite has a lot of videos on how to use their products.  If you have a general interest in mold making, you can start with their videos.  They are all geared for beginners and are very good to learn from.  Here is a link to their YouTube Channel.

This is a great video for beginners who are interested in learning moldmaking.  This is a one part mold that is cut after making in order to pour the resin into it.  He demonstrates pretty clearly how to create the channel for the resin.

If you should make any bangle bracelets — or any other jewelry — that you wish to share with us, please post below.  We always love to see creativity in action!

 

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