Well, I took the plunge. I started making my own BJD. So far all I've got is the head. She doesn't have ears yet because I would like to try and attach them separately so they can move, much like bunny ears, but on the side of the head.
She is SD sized, and wears 16mm eyes and a 7/8 wig. I tried an 8/9 on her, it was way too big. I finally got to use my new dremel to bevel the eye sockets. Sadly I do not have the right sized bit, so it took forever to even get to where I'm at.
Now for some pictures:
I'm rather proud of her already. It was a challenge getting the tinfoil out of her, and she cracked in a few places when I did that. Luckily I'm not one of those "First try is perfect!" people so I simply sculpted over the cracks and what not to strengthen the bond and baked her again. I only baked her 10 minutes at a time to avoid over baking her.
I decided to draw out what my Sielien might look like as a blank BJD. I'm going to contact a friend soon who makes dolls and ask him for advice on how to make this one. Click on the image for a larger view.
Currently I want to make her at 1/4 scale, which would still make her 61cm, so she can count as 1/3. I had fun deciding where to put joints in the torso. I eliminated the tail for this concept because I don't know how I would do it. Maybe I should have several tail options and attach them with magnets.
I was given this AoD AiAi head to do with as I please and to keep, so I've decided I'm going to give it a fall inspired face up for BJDCollectasy's Autumn Face Up Project. I've participated in both the spring and summer ones, so I'm looking forward to this one too!
I already have a general idea as to what to do, but I won't know for sure until I actually start painting it. The head is damaged on the inside of the headcap, so I tried to install magnets. It worked, mostly, I still need to tape the back to keep it from popping up (The magnets are crooked), but oh well. I might end up selling this head after I'm done painting it. It would be much, at most like $50. I have enough floaters as is...
I've also had the brilliant idea of making a full doll myself of my species called Sielien. They average at 8 feet, though usually they're a little taller.
I want to make them at 1/4 scale, which would still make them about 2 feet (61cm) tall, so if you want them to be 1/4, they can be, but if you want them to be 1/3, they can be that too.
It would be a massive undertaking to make them, but I'm oddly excited by the idea. I've hardly seen four armed dolls from companies other than maybe 2 or 3. I've had this species running around in my head since I was about 13 years old, so I am very fond of them. I'd try to make them a jointed tail, but no promises there.
A little about Sieliens. They are community creatures and move with elegance and grace. They never sit still, ever, not even in their sleep. If you see a Sielien perfectly still, you can safely assume they are dead. It's like their entire species is affected by ADHD. Either way, they hardly communicate through speech even if perfectly capable of doing so. They "talk" through body language and use their hands to sign, which is why no one can fully learn their language, other species, like humans, simply don't have enough arms. They are omnivores and excellent hunters. They are also matriarchal, but men aren't subjugated, they simply can't be the head of the tribe on their own.
I could write forever about them, but I'll end it here with a general overview of them. Would anyone be interested in one as a doll? I will definitely make one for myself. Eventually. I have a lot of sculpting ahead of me.
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