Tuesday, January 5, 2010

How to Sculpt a BJD Doll using Paperclay

My friend Karin from the Air-Dry-Clay Yahoo Group led me to this website called "Between us, girls" that has a terrific series of articles by Galina Ishimikli about sculpting BJD dolls (ball-jointed) using Creative Paperclay (or Japanese paperclay).

What a great tutorial!   Galina takes you step by step through the whole process.  http://mstrok.ucoz.ru/publ/69-1-0-292

First she creates a 2-part head, showing you how to make it hollow.   Also includes lots of steps for shaping features and inserting eyes.  Then she sculps a hollow body and adds limbs with hinged ball joints in all the 'bendy' places.

This is a really terrific 5 star tutorial!   Great photos and instructions throughout....but must be translated from Russian if you don't read Russian yourself!  

Google Translate does a pretty good job with it...only a few odd words when translated to English! LOL

Even if you don't make a hollow BJD doll with this tutorial....it's still worth reading. If you don't want to fuss with making it hollow or fuss with moveable joints...it still a great tutorial for shaping body parts.   Just leave the Styrofoam inside and follow the instructions for forming the facial features and the rest of the body.
This one is definitely going on my "to do" list.   I will take my own step-by-step photos to show you when I get a chance to do it!!!    I can't hardly wait to try it!   Hope you do too!


  1. I am a new member at New clays. I was wondering if anyone was able to translate the BJD tutorial from Russian has anyone else had this problem?

  2. I use Google to translate and it does a pretty good job translating Russian. Try this link to translate to English:

  3. Thank you Mary in Oregon! I can now read the text! Now all I need is the courage to jump in!

  4. This is actually pretty useful advice. I've been dying to try my hand at sculpting a BJD. Kudos for digging up the information. :)

  5. Amazing! I found it really useful. Very motivating indeed. :) Saludos desde México!

  6. That is an amazing tutorial! Like you said Mary.. I might not jump into BJD dolls but the sculpting part is a big revelation to me. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I'm glad you are finding this so useful. IMHO This tutorial looks like one of the easiest to follow, whether someone wants to try a BJD or a non-articulated doll.

  8. Thanks for the such great tutorial. I have decided to make my own BJD, when I was about to browse some material to make it, I found about proto clay. My question here, have you ever try proto clay material before? It is suitable to use it to make BJD?

    1. I'm not familiar with Proto Clay, so I searched for it and found that "Proto Clay is a solid modeling clay that soft enough to be sculpt using conventional tools in order to prototype any physical design". Sounds like it's primarily used for prototyping sculpts that will be reproduced in resin or something similar. I'd be concerned about whether it was too fragile to hold up for a BJD (some parts are quite thin). This guy did a test of the sculptability but his blog post doesn't comment about the durability or other characteristics. You might ask him some questions. http://barneyjoseph.blogspot.com/2012/01/testing-sculptability-of-proto-clay.html


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